Nine defendants in total were charged in the indictment with conspiracy to commit alien smuggling for profit in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1324(a)(2)(B)(ii) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. If convicted, the defendants face a statutory maximum penalty of fifteen years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
Marcos Daniel Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jesus Torres, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, announced the unsealing of an indictment returned on February 18, 2004, by a federal grand jury sitting in Key West, Florida, charging Addiel Aguilar, Amisaday Aguilar, Raydel Cruz-Morejon, a/k/a “El Dibujante” and a/k/a “The Drawer”, Jose Agra, a/k/a “Pepe Gordo”, Isaac Cordero, a/k/a Iza, Rainol Morales, Jose Ramon Lopez, a/k/a “Pipo”, Miguel Angel Vera, Jr. and Carlos Arrado Gonzalez with alien smuggling.
As set forth in the indictment, the defendants conspired between August 2001 and February 2004 to smuggle 81 Cuban nationals into the United States. On January 31, 2004, Aguilar provided a “go-fast” boat to his co-conspirators to bring 17 aliens from Cuba to Key Largo, Florida. The “go-fast” boat was intercepted miles from Key Largo.
Mr. Jiménez commended the investigative efforts of the Bureau of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen Gilbert and Department of Justice, Domestic Security Section Attorney Anne Marie Farrar.