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Sports Agent Convicted of Smuggling Cuban Ballplayers Into US

A sports agent based in the U.S. state of California has been found guilty of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States.

A court in Key West, Florida, found Gustavo Dominguez guilty Thursday on 21 federal charges, including conspiracy, smuggling, transporting, and harboring illegal immigrants. Most of the charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Dominguez is free until his sentencing July 9. His lawyer says they will appeal.

Dominguez was on trial for smuggling five baseball players from Cuba to Florida in 2004. Only two are still playing baseball. Osbek Castillo is a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks' feeder team in Alabama, while Francisely Bueno pitches for the Atlanta Braves' feeder team in Mississippi.