Man Who Smuggled 16 ‘Cheerleaders’ Into US Pleads Guilty

MIAMI (AP) – The last member of a group accused of smuggling 16 Colombians disguised as cheerleaders into the U.S. has pleaded guilty to visa fraud in Miami.

Immigration officials say 28-year-old Duastin Salazar pleaded guilty Monday. He’s the final member of the group to either plead guilty or be convicted in the case. Salazar was sentenced to time served, two years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Nine others who weren’t criminally charged, including seven minors, were returned to Colombia.

The plea was announced Thursday following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Immigration officials say the group posed as a cheerleading team visiting South Florida for a competition when they traveled from Colombia to Miami on Sept. 30.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Fla. Arms Dealer Seeks New Trial in Fraud Case « CBS Tampa

    […] Man Who Smuggled 16 ‘Cheerleaders’ Into US Pleads Guilty ( Share this No comments // […]

blog comments powered by Disqus
Vietnam Veterans' Bond Forged Again With Kidney DonationServing together in Vietnam, John Middaugh and Henry "Bill" Warner forged an Army-brothers bond they knew was profound and lasting. A world and nearly a half a century away from the war zone where they'd counted on each other, Middaugh put himself on the line for Warner this month in a new way: by giving one of his kidneys.
Dr. Paul Bearer II Tombstone Tales | Halloween EditionOn Sunday, October 25th, Dr. Paul Bearer II returned to the Tenement Castle for an afternoon of HORRORble movies.

Listen Live