|Falcon 50 jet|
In 2010, U.S. authorities deported Gonzalez to Cuba because of a drug-trafficking conviction in 1982, according to a Miami Herald article about his case in 2011.
The Herald said Gonzalez "was put on a plane to Cuba on June 17, 2010."
|Date of travel: June 17, 2010|
The Herald said Gonzalez traveled with "several Mariel-era deportees."
Records show that ICE paid Executive Fliteways $44,538. Let's suppose there were three or four deportees, three or four federal agents, a pilot and a crew member. They could have climbed aboard Executive Fliteways' Hawker 800, which seats eight and costs $3,300 per hour.
Or maybe they flew aboard the Falcon 50, which seats nine and costs $4,300 per hour.
Whatever the case, Gonzalez traveled back to Cuba in style.
If the U.S. government were to send all 34,500 Cubans back to the island in similar fashion, the bill would be a cool $384 million.