Smugglers Sentenced to 573 Months in Prison

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); MIAMI — A U.S. District Court judge sentenced 14 convicted migrant smugglers to nearly 50 years imprisonment and 37 years supervised release during proceedings held Tuesday and Wednesday at Miami and Key West, Fla., courthouses. On one of the ill-fated smuggling ventures, a Cuban migrant suffered...

Coast Guard Repatriates 47 Dominicans to La Romana, Dominican Republic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke repatriated 47 Dominican migrants to La Romana, Dominican Republic Saturday, and detained eight others for prosecution following two at-sea interdictions by Department of Homeland Security and Puerto Rico law enforcement authorities Thursday and Friday. Friday’s Interdiction: A Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action F.U.R.A....

Coast Guard Interdicts, Repatriates 49 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – The Coast Guard Cutter Drummond repatriated 49 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday. The crew of the cutter Drummond located a rustic vessel with three Cuban migrants aboard 72 miles southeast of Key West, Fla., Friday. The Coast Guard received a call from the captain of the cruise ship Carnival Victory stating they had located a rustic vessel 54 miles south of Cabo San...

Coast Guard Interdicts, Repatriates 40 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI РThe Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island repatriated 40 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Caba̱as, Cuba, today after they were interdicted during five separate events. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Drummond interdicted a go-fast vessel with 19 Cuban migrants aboard 67 miles south of Key West, Fla., Monday. Two suspected smugglers were transferred to Customs and Border Protection agents in Key...

Coast Guard Interdicts, Repatriates 42 Cubans

MIAMI – The Coast Guard Cutter Drummond repatriated 42 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday. District Seven search-and-rescue coordinators in Miami received a report from a man stating he had family members with no water aboard a disabled vessel approximately 75 miles south of Andros Island, Bahamas, Sunday. An HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater,...

Coast Guard Interdicts 12 Human Smugglers, At-Sea Biometrics Utilized

MIAMI – Coast Guard crews interdicted 12 suspected migrants smugglers throughout the Florida Keys this weekend and utilized at-sea biometrics to positively identify each person to the US-VISIT databases. The Coast Guard began conducting at-sea biometrics collections of suspected smugglers in the Florida Straits in April. The program was initiated in the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and the...

Coast Guard Rescues and Repatriates 193 Haitian Migrants

MIAMI – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless repatriated 193 Haitian migrants to Cap-Haiten, Haiti, Monday. The Haitian migrants were located aboard two over-crowded sailboats Friday while the 210-foot cutter patrolled the waters off Haiti enforcing alien migrant interdiction operations. Crewmembers aboard the Dauntless located a sail-freighter approximately 20 miles south of Great Inagua,...

Coast Guard Repatriate 79 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – The Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 79 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Saturday who were interdicted in four separate events. A Customs and Border Protection aircrew located two go-fast vessels traveling in tandem about 40 miles southeast of Miami Wednesday morning. CBP Air and Marine agents patrolling the area intercepted both vessels using disabling fire after...

Coast Guard Interdicts 9 Cuban Migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur repatriated nine Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, Friday. At approximately 6 a.m., April 25, the Coast Guard received a report from a crewmember aboard the Eos, an 800-foot tanker ship, stating they had located a raft, with an unknown number of people aboard and some in the water. The Coast Guard immediately diverted the Coast Guard...