North Port residents accused of smuggling Cubans into the U.S.

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Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 5:00 pm

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. - A North Port couple is facing a federal indictment on Human Trafficking charges.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents say Carlos Roman and Jasmine Martinez were running the operation out of their home on Kendsha Street in North Port.

The indictment alleges they smuggled Cuban immigrants through their home from 2007 to 2013. They would then take the illegals to Miami and stage a beach landing so they could encounter Border Patrol.

The law states if an immigrant makes it to land before being caught, they are allowed to stay.

Four other Floridians from Port Charlotte, Miami and Hialeah were also charged in connection to the smuggling ring.

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