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CAPTAIN AND CO-DEFENDANT SENTENCED IN DEADLY BLACK POINT MARINA SMUGGLING OPERATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2010

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations, and Randy Donnelson, Director of Air Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Miami Field Office, announced today’s sentencing of defendants Tyrel Levarity, 23, and Ahmad Toussaint, 24, both Bahamian Nationals, for their participation in an alien smuggling conspiracy that resulted in the death of an alien, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Sections 1324(a)(1)(A)(v)(I), and (a)(2)(B)(iii) and 1327.

Earlier today in Miami, U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro sentenced defendant Tyrel Levarity to 210 months in prison, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release. Co-defendant Ahmad Toussaint was sentenced to 168 months in prison, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release.

On February 23, 2010, ICE special agents responded to Miami’s Black Point Marina in Homestead to assist the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Branch with the interdiction of an inbound go-fast vessel, a 28-foot “Intrepid.” The vessel, outfitted with twin Yamaha outboard engines, was heading toward the Florida coast at high speed. CBP personnel aboard a surveillance aircraft witnessed the Florida Park Service attempting to stop the 28-foot vessel, giving chase and displaying the customary flashing red and blue lights. The vessel reached land and all the individuals aboard ran into the mangroves. Subsequently, one of the passengers was discovered dead in the water, approximately 30 feet from shore.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of agents and officers from ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Miami, CBP Air and Marine Branch, the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Florida Parks Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher V. Parente and former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Styron.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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