The man who served the longest cannabis-connected sentence in American history is set to be released from prison nowadays.
Former pilot Antonio “Tony” Bascaro, who’s now 84 years old, has spent the past 40 years in a Miami prison for his involvement in a cannabis-smuggling operation in the 1970s, in which he imported more than half a million pounds of cannabis into the U.S.
Upon release, the Cuban exile and CIA-educated Bay of Pigs veteran will remain at a halfway home even though he waits to obtain out if he will be deported due to his lack of American citizenship.
“My life will be in jeopardy, if deported,” Bascaro told the Washington Examiner. “But I’m prepared [for] something that might take place at my release.”
Bascaro does not have any legal representation, but hopes for help from fellow Bay of Pigs vets if officials opt to attempt and deport him. “The individuals that know him from that group have been quite supportive,” said daughter Myra Bascaro, who final saw her father outdoors of prison when she was 13 years old. “If they attempt to send him away, possibly to Guatemala or Cuba, I know they are going to stand up for him.”
Published: Might 1, 2019
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