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Thu Feb 14, 2019, 09:21 AM

Steal a boat in FL for a honeymoon, sail to Cuba and got fuel, and were caught by social media....

and MF45 thinks a wall will be helpful? The Mexican border is nothing compared to the Florida coast. Ever seen an immigration checkpoint on the beach? Or really at most marinas? If you don't voluntarily clear customs, or unless you just look suspicious enough to attract the CG, the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean is pretty much self-regulating.

A Keys couple stole a sailboat for a Caribbean honeymoon. Now they’re off to prison.

“They were detained in part because they had entered Cuba without permission, but the Cuban authorities also negotiated for the defendants to be returned to the United States to face these charges,” wrote Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Jones in a motion to the court.

They wanted to sail to the Bahamas yet ended up in Cuba. On April 1, 2018, Cuban authorities informed the U.S. Coast Guard that the vessel had been detained. They were arrested near the resort town of Varadero on Cuba’s northern coast.

“McNeil stated that after fueling in Cuba they had plans to eventually return to Florida after ‘taking a honeymoon,’ and were hoping to return the vessel to where they found it and avoid any trouble,” according to the criminal complaint.

The Kaisosi was found in part by a network of sailors who keep tabs on stolen vessels and use high-frequency radio and social media to keep in contact.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article226136440.html?fbclid=IwAR2XJhV1W9PSaBeqhcbTXMHgVMdIeHsKVVUsdiLzTXuLVZinDVncnHXft7k#storylink=cpy

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Sancho Feb 14 OP
appleannie1943 Feb 14 #1
customerserviceguy Feb 14 #2
appleannie1943 Feb 14 #3
Wounded Bear Feb 14 #4

Response to Sancho (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2019, 09:24 AM

1. Not the best way to start a marriage

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Response to appleannie1943 (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 14, 2019, 09:32 AM

2. Well, there

won't be any fights over hogging the covers!

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 14, 2019, 11:41 AM

3. I doubt they bothered with covers on a honeymoon in the Gulf

But you are right, those jail cells can get cold and lonely.

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Response to Sancho (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2019, 11:44 AM

4. No wonder Trump wants to end the Cuban agreement...

can't have them evil Cubans helping US law enforcement catch criminals.

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