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Cuban baseball player testifies during smuggling trial that he ate part of a fake passport on his flight to the US

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First baseman Jose Abreu came to the United States from Cuba in 2013 and signed a $68 million contract, the largest ever for an international free agent, after a fierce bidding war with several other teams.

More than three years later, Abreu is testifying under a grant of limited immunity during a federal alien smuggling trial about how he was able to travel from Cuba to the United States.

Abreu's testimony included a bizarre story about how he ate a page out of a fake passport.

Abreu is testifying in a case against agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who are accused of smuggling players out of Cuba so that they could sign large contracts with Major League Baseball teams. A third man, Amin Latouff, has been indicted in the case, but has not been arrested.

According to the Associated Press, Abreu testified that first received the fake passport from Latouff when he arrived in Haiti on a boat from Cuba. Abreu would later take a flight from Haiti to Miami.

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GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox looks on during spring training workouts on February 19, 2014 at The Ballpark at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox poses for a portrait on photo day at the Glendale Sports Complex on February 22, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - MARCH 31: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates with teammates after hitting a double in his first major league at bat against the Minnesota Twins on March 31, 2014 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Twins 5-3. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 09: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits a double off of starting pitcher Juan Nicasio #12 of the Colorado Rockies in the first inning during Interleague play at Coors Field on April 9, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 12: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Cleveland Indians on April 12, 2014 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Indians defeated the White Sox 12-6 . (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 15: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox wears a Boston Strong tee shirt before the game against the Boston Red Sox on April 15, 2014 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. All uniformed team members are wearing jersey number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 11: Second baseman Gordon Beckham #15 of the Chicago White Sox (L) helps up Jose Abreu #79 after Abreu caught a pop foul hit by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field June 11, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 8-2. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 20: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Minnesota Twins on June 20, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the White Sox 4-2. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 9: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox in action against the Kansas City Royals on April 9, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
18 APRIL 2015: Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu (79) runs the bases during a regular season game between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers played at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 26: Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn presents Jose Abreu #79 the rookie of the year award before the game against the Kansas City Royals on April 26, 2015 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The game was a continuation of a suspended game from April 24, 2015. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 23: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox is unable to make the grab allowing Danny Santana #39 of the Minnesota Twins a hit during the third inning at U.S. Cellular Field on May 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 19: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox laughs as he talks with first base coach Daryl Boston #8 in the dugout before the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at U.S. Cellular Field on April 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 30: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox tosses a baseball during a break in the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 30, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 2-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - May 31: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox in the dugout during the Chicago White Sox Vs New York Mets regular season MLB game at Citi Field on May 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 02: Jose Abreu #79 and Melky Cabrera #53 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate winning the game against the Minnesota Twins on September 2, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The White Sox defeated the Twins 11-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: Melky Cabrera #53 of the Chicago White Sox slides safely into home to score on an RBI double by Jose Abreu #79 (not pictured) against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on September 10, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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According to Abreu, Latouff told him to destroy the passport while on the plane. However, Abreu testified that he ordered a beer on the flight and slowly ate the page of the passport that included his photo and the fake name.

"Little by little I swallowed that first page of the passport," Abreu testified. "I could not arrive in the United States with a false passport."

Once in Miami, Abreu was allowed to remain despite not having any travel documents, thanks to the now-rescinded "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy.

Abreu also testified that Estrada's company, Total Baseball Representation and Training, received 20% of the money earned in the $68 million contract in exchange for negotiating the deal and providing training and lodging for Abreu.

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