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Updated: 09/25/2014 03:15:28PM

Sheriffs’ roles key

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement SWAT officers on the job.

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A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent arrests a suspect.

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A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent arrests a suspect.

Tom Knight

PRUMMELL

WISE

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Prummell

By ADAM KREGER

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Members of a human-smuggling organization — including one from Port Charlotte and two from North Port — will be sentenced within the next couple months, after recently being convicted of myriad federal crimes. The group conspired to bring 73 Cuban immigrants to Port Charlotte in the late 2000s, and they did sneak 13 immigrants into the country.

Despite this — and other similar stories circulating around the country — criminal activity in the area involving illegal immigrants is not a major issue. That’s due, in part, to local sheriffs working hard to keep it that way.

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