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Updated: 07/05/2014 12:51:20PM

Human smugglers await sentencing

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By ADAM KREGER

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All six members of a human-smuggling organization — including one from Port Charlotte and two from North Port — now are awaiting sentencing.

A federal jury in Tampa on Wednesday found Yoel Emilio Baez-Hernandez, 41, guilty of conspiring to bring 73 Cuban immigrants to the Port Charlotte area illegally, from the Pinar del Rio Provence, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III announced Thursday. Baez-Hernandez, of Hialeah, also was found guilty of successfully bringing 13 Cubans to Florida.

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