SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.– A federal grand jury indicted Braulio Santana-Beltre, 19, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, arrested by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for attempting to smuggle 13 Cuban nationals into Mona Island last Saturday.
Ramey Sector Border Patrol Agents arrested Mr. Beltran and presented a sworn criminal complaint for violation of Title 8 United States Code, section 1324, for attempting to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever aliens at a place other than a designated port of entry.
Last Saturday, the US Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo detected a 20-foot migrant boat with the people onboard hiding under a blue tarp, approximately nine nautical miles west on Mona Island, Puerto Rico, interdicting the migrant boat and embarked three Dominicans and 11 Cubans, one woman and 13 men.
Assistant US Attorney Evelyn Canals will prosecute the case. If found guilty, Mr. Santana-Beltran faces a fine and not more than 10 years of imprisonment, or both. All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court of law.