2 Bahamians plead guilty to U.S. smuggling charges

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MIAMI (AP) - U.S. authorities say two Bahamian men have pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle people into Florida.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami, the U.S. Coast Guard picked up Rico Jerome Miller, Wardell Hall and six other passengers in April from a small boat adrift with engine trouble off the Florida coast. None had authorization to enter the United States.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the other passengers told investigators that they had left the Bahamas three days earlier with Miller and Hall, who were going to take them to the Miami area.

Miller and Hall each pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of attempted alien smuggling. Sentencing is scheduled for October. Each faces a minimum of three years and maximum of 10 years in prison for each count.

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