MIAMI – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the West Palm Beach Station encountered a suspected maritime smuggling event near Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Dec. 12.
The U.S. Coast Guard notified the agents of a beached vessel on the shore of Hutchinson Island. A narcotics detection canine from the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office alerted to the presence of drugs on the vessel that agents believe was used in a smuggling event.
CBP personnel conducted a search of the area and found wet clothing along with other evidence of a maritime smuggling event. Agents recovered the vessel and are currently investigating the event with law enforcement partners.
To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance. U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.