2 Bahamians Guilty In Florida Human Smuggling Attempt

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Bahamian men have pleaded guilty in South Florida federal court to attempting to smuggle six people by boat into the U.S.

Court documents show 31-year-old Wardell Hall and 23-year-old Rico Jerome Miller entered the pleas Thursday in West Palm Beach. They face a minimum of three years prison and a maximum of 10 years at sentencing in October.

Authorities say Miller brokered the trip with Hall for $2,400. The passengers attempting illegal U.S. entry were from Jamaica, Trinidad and Ecuador.

Passengers told investigators they boarded a boat in the Bahamas in April and were to be dropped off near Miami. Instead the boat became disabled east of the St. Lucie Inlet and was intercepted by a Coast Guard cutter. The boat eventually sank. No one was injured.

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