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Cuban national indicted on human smuggling charges

A Cuban national is facing more than 200 years in federal prison for allegedly trying to smuggle 37 migrants into the United States.

A Key West grand jury indicted Isaac Cordero-Perez, 44, on 37 counts of encouraging and inducing aliens to enter the United States and one count of re-entry of a removed alien. This is his third indictment on human smuggling charges, and if successfully prosecuted, it will be his third conviction since 2003.

Cordero-Perez’s arrest also marks the third time he has been caught trying to enter the United States after having been deported.

The first charge carries a maximum sentence of five years. The second charge has a maximum penalty of 20 years.

According to the July 8 indictment, Cordero-Perez was stopped by an unnamed law enforcement agency on May 20 on a vessel in federal waters with the migrants on board.

A federal judge sentenced Perez to more than three years in prison in December 2003. Upon his release, Cordero-Perez was handed over to federal immigration officials and sent back to Cuba and ordered not to return to the States.

It didn’t take him long to make the trip back.

In January 2011, Perez was arrested at sea captaining a boat with seven Cuban migrants on board. A judge sentenced him to five years in prison, and he was deported upon release on Sept. 29, 2015.

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