No. 87-5991.

877 F.2d 895 (1989)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Armando FUENTES, Carmelo De La Rosa-Ibarra, Diego Marzan Julio, Miguel Marquez-Rodriguez, Juan Garces-Vasquez, Denis Jose Blanquicet-Guzman and Ariel Antonio Arenas-Arevalo, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

July 19, 1989.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Rene Palomino, Koch & Palomino, Glen Koch, Miami, Fla., for Fuentes.

Mario S. Cano, Coral Gables, Fla., for Rosa-Ibarra.

Blas E. Padrino, Miami, Fla., for Julio.

Daniel S. Gelber, Linda Collins Hertz, and Harriet Galvin, Asst. U.S. Attys., Miami, Fla., for plaintiff-appellee.

Clifford B. Hark, Miami, Fla., for Garces-Vasquez.

Jorge A. Sibila, Miami, Fla., for Arenas-Arevalo.

Richard C. Gagliano, Pros. Atty., Miami, Fla., for Marquez-Rodriguez.

Thomas Almon, Miami, Fla., for Blanquicet-Guzman.

Before RONEY, Chief Judge, and VANCE, Circuit Judge, and EVANS, District Judge.

ORINDA D. EVANS, District Judge:

Defendants/Appellants are seven crew members of a vessel seized by the United States Coast Guard. They appeal their convictions under the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act, 46 U.S.C.App. § 1903(a) and (j), and 18 U.S.C. § 2.

Around 2:30 A.M. on March 3, 1987, the Coast Guard cutter Cherokee, a ship over 200 feet in length with a 78 man crew, sighted on radar a vessel traveling...

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