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Video: Cuban Baseball Smuggler Lands in Miami After 13 Years in Havana Prison

Here's video of convicted Cuban beísbol trafficker Juan Ignacio Hernández Nodar landing at Miami International Airport after serving 13 years of a 15-year prison term in Havana.

Nodar was caught red handed with immigration papers for Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez and Germán Mesa on August 12, 1996. (Hernandez, brother of the Marlins' Livan, would go on to become a Yankees World Series MVP.) He had visas for the players to third countries, from which they would enter the United States.

He is seen in the above video with his partner Thomas Cronin. Together, the pair forms the  Caribbean Sport Council."We bring players, or we take players, or we trade players, whatever," says Nodar. "We're in business and we're here to stay. First thing is we think of them as family, not a money. Money comes always. One thing is for sure, what we did, we did it with the best knowledge that we're gonna do something good for people. There's no doubt about it."

Read the full story in this week's Metro "Secret Agent Man" by clicking here.

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Jacob Katel
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