He kidnapped Cuban migrants, and his mother collected the ransom, feds say

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — He promised to smuggle Cubans to the United States by way of Mexico, but instead kidnapped and tortured them, prosecutors say. And his mom helped collect the ransom money from Cuban families in Miami, according to federal court documents. Jose Miguel Gonzalez, alias “El Chupa,” made his first appearance in federal court last week after a Cuban migrant he allegedly kidnapped, tortured and extorted in late 2018 began speaking to authorities in October. The migrant, who is unnamed in federal court documents, told authorities a harrowing tale laid out in a federal criminal …

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