Bahamians Guilty in Human Smuggling Attempt

Court documents show 31-year-old Wardell Hall and 23-year-old Rico Jerome Miller entered pleas Thursday in West Palm Beach.

They face a minimum of three years prison and a maximum of 10 years at sentencing in October.

Authorities say Miller brokered the trip with Hall for $2,400.

The passengers attempting illegal U.S. entry were from Jamaica, Trinidad and Ecuador.

Passengers told investigators they boarded a boat in the Bahamas in April and were to be dropped off near Miami.

Instead the boat became disabled east of the St. Lucie Inlet and was intercepted by a Coast Guard cutter.

The boat eventually sank.

No one was injured.


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