Obama administration thanks Cuba for sending US children back

The handover to U.S. authorities was facilitated by the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. Ventrell said there was no political negotiation leading to the release, describing the case instead as solely a law enforcement issue.

“This was law enforcement cooperation, and we're pleased that it was so extensive, and we were able to resolve this quickly,” he said. “I'm not sure I would read into it one way or another. I mean this was cooperation on a specific law enforcement matter.”