FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Dania Beach Station along with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating a migrant smuggling event on Broward County shores.
On March 21, Border Patrol agents received information from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) of a maritime smuggling event near the 5400 block of Ocean Blvd at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. BSO detained three Haitian adults in the surrounding area. With the aid of a Creole-speaking BSO officer, it was determined that the three subjects were accompanied by seven other persons.
Border Patrol agents along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations special agents conducted debriefings regarding the maritime smuggling event with the assistance of Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations personnel from Port Everglades.
The vessel was seized by U.S. Border Patrol.
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.