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Scheme to Smuggle Cuban Players Alleged

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  • Walter Lippmann
    November 1, 2006 Scheme to Smuggle Cuban Players Alleged By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/01/sports/baseball/01cuba.html MIAMI, Oct. 31
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      November 1, 2006
      Scheme to Smuggle Cuban Players Alleged
      By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

      http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/01/sports/baseball/01cuba.html

      MIAMI, Oct. 31 (AP) — An agent for baseball players illegally
      smuggled Cuban players into the United States, eventually shipping
      them to California in hopes that they would be signed by major league
      teams, federal immigration officials said Tuesday.

      The agent, Gus Dominguez, is charged with paying four aides to
      transport the athletes and other Cubans to the United States in two
      trips. Dominguez, of the California-based agency Total Sports
      International, has represented several Cuban baseball defectors,
      including the highly regarded prospect Andy Morales, who was signed
      by the Yankees and later the Boston Red Sox after fleeing Cuba six
      years ago, but never played in the major leagues.

      Also charged in the 53-count federal indictment were Geoffrey
      Rodrigues, Robert Yosvany Hernandez, Ramon Batista and Guillermo
      Valdez.

      “Though this case involves a Beverly Hills sports agent and talented
      baseball players, it is remarkably similar to the human smuggling
      operations that I.C.E. encounters every day,” Julie Myers, an
      assistant secretary of the United States Immigration and Customs
      Enforcement, said in a statement.

      There was no immediate comment from Total Sports or Dominguez.
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