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Miami man convicted of smuggling Cuban nationals into U.S. arrested at Peace Arch border crossing

U.S. Marshals arrested a Miami man convicted of smuggling Cuban nationals into the United States while he was attempting to flee the country at the Peace Arch border crossing in Blaine Friday, Jan. 23.

Angel Cespedes-Osorio, 34, was booked into the Whatcom County Jail at 7:00 p.m. Friday, where he awaits transfer to federal prison in Seattle, Sheriff Bill Elfo said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the southern district of Florida indicted Cespedes-Osorio along with 14 other people in June 2008 for allegedly smuggling 170 Cuban nationals into the United States in 2007 and 2008.

Cespedes-Osorio was indicted on two counts of conspiracy to encourage and induce aliens to enter the United States for smuggling 34 Cuban nationals into the country in June 2007. He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Key West, Florida, in December 2008, according to documents filed in federal court.

He was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and two years supervision, and was ordered to turn himself in to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on Jan. 14.

He likely never did, which led to the U.S. Marshal’s Office to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Cespedes-Osorio lived in Cuba at one point and expressed regret for his crime, according to letters friends wrote to U.S. District Court Judge Jose A. Martinez. He has also spent time in a Mexican prison while he awaited deportation to Cuba, according to the letters.

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