P.O. Box 26030
Beaumont TX 77720-6035
Ramón Labañino Salazar was born on June 9, 1963 in the municipality of Marianao, Havana, to Nereyda Salazar Verduy, now deceased, and Olmes Labañino Castillo. He attended primary school in La Lisa municipality, where his responsibilities included taking charge of the classroom and supervising younger students.
Between 1973 and 1976, he continued his secondary studies at the Osvaldo Rafael Sánchez Junior High School in La Lisa, where he also had responsibilities such as supervising sports and recreation periods.
From 1976 1979 he attended the high school in Marianao municipality, where he earned several distinctions including diplomas for being an outstanding and advanced student. He also began to develop an active political life.
Between 1980 and 1986 he completed his academic education at the University of Havana, majoring in Economics graduating with first class honours.
He went to the Unites States at the beginning of the '90s charged with the important and risk-filled task of penetrating counterrevolutionary groups in Miami, which, with support from Washington, had increased their terrorist and destabilization activities against Cuba.
Up until the moment of his detention in Florida, he earned his living delivering medicines to different pharmacies in Florida and selling shoes.
Ramón married Elizabeth Palmeiro Casado, an English Language and Literature graduate employed by the foreign affairs ministry, in June 1990. They have two daughters: Laura Labañino Palmeiro, 8,and Lisbet Labañino Palmeiro, 4. He has a 13-year old daughter, Ailí Labañino Cardoso, from a previous marriage.
Ramón was charged with Count 1(general conspiracy) and Count 2 (conspiracy to commit espionage). He was charged with having monitored the McDill Air Force base nearby Tampa and subsequently working in the oversight of Cuban agents, intending to penetrate the military installations of the Boca Chica naval air station in the Keys and the U.S. Southern Command in Miami.
He was sentenced to life plus 8 years.