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Sentenced for Migrant Smuggling

Published 6th June 8, 12:0am

With yesterdayís (5 June) sentencing of two Honduran nationals, Caymanís Immigration Department has dismantled what appears to be an operation involving the illegal movement of persons between Cuba and Honduras.

Twenty-nine-year-old Casey Hynds and Wilmer Herrara aged 30, were both arrested by Immigration officials for illegally landing and causing/allowing a person to land illegally.

Acting Chief Immigration Officer Kerry Nixon said the department is pleased with the sentence and hopes that it will be a deterrent to other potential offenders.

She said that the menís arrest, conviction and imprisonment indicate that agencies within key Cayman Islands Government departments are united in the fight to curtail illegal migration.

Court documents reveal that on Saturday 24 May, Immigration officials were advised by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) Marine Unit that they had apprehended two men suspected of entering Cayman illegally. One confessed to a scheme that would transport up to 30 Cuban migrants to Honduras in a 38ft ígo fastí vessel.

Boat owner and captain Casey Hynds was sentenced to nine months, while Herrara received three months imprisonment. In addition, the boat, satellite phone and Global Positioning System (GPS) were forfeited to the Immigration Department.

Mrs. Nixon congratulated her officers, the RCIPS and Customs for their roles in bringing the migrant-smugglers to justice.

Assistant Chief Immigration Officer, Enforcement, Jeanie Lewis also said that the department is still investigating the person whom it is believed provided coordinates to enter Caymanian waters and fuel dock, and then paid for oil and fuel following the menís illegal entry.