FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—On April 25, at approximately 5:00 p.m., an agent from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine (OAM), Fort Lauderdale Marine Unit, detected a suspected stolen vessel. The agent recognized the vessel based on information obtained from the Miami Air and Marine Branch.
"I congratulate OAM's Fort Lauderdale Marine Unit for great police work, and thank our law enforcement partner, Florida Highway Patrol, for their assistance in arresting the driver with the stolen property," said Leslie Jones, director, Air Operations at the Miami Air and Marine Branch, Miami, Fla.
The marine interdiction agent identified the vessel on Interstate 95. It was being pulled by a Ford truck that had also been stolen. The agent was able to confirm that it was the same vessel that had been reported stolen in South Carolina. The agent then contacted the Florida Highway Patrol and coordinated to stop the driver of the truck. The truck and vessel were stopped near 81st Street in Miami, Fla.
The boat, a 2013 28' Regulator; a Ford F250 truck; and a trailer with a total value of nearly $200,000 were all identified as stolen property. The driver was placed under arrest for felony possession of stolen property. All property was seized by responding agents and turned over to the Florida Highway Patrol for further disposition.
The CBP Office of Air and Marine is the world's largest aviation and maritime law enforcement organization with more than 1,200 federal agents, operating from 84 air and marine locations, with 276 aircraft and 289 maritime vessels.
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.