Smugglers try to land Chinese migrants in Florida in yachts

Smugglers try to land Chinese migrants in Florida in yachts
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[Ed. – A number of them are probably making it through.  A lot of things could be coming into the U.S. by yacht from the Caribbean, landing anywhere along our East or or Gulf of Mexico coasts.]

Authorities have thwarted two separate attempts by smugglers to bring Chinese migrants illegally into the U.S. through Florida aboard yachts.

Three men are facing human smuggling charges in federal courts in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The Miami Herald first reported they are accused of ferrying a total of 26 Chinese migrants from the Bahamas in two unrelated cases where authorities also confiscated more than $300,000.

It wasn’t clear if the Chinese migrants were seeking to stay in South Florida or go elsewhere once they hit land. …

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In the most recent detention, the Coast Guard caught 51-year-old Rocco Oppedisano in December piloting a yacht with 14 Chinese passengers and one Bahamian. Authorities confiscated $36,000 and $171,850 Bahamian Dollars, which is on par with the U.S. dollar.

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