U.S. Border Patrol and Law Enforcement Partners Interdict Maritime Smuggling Attempt in Pompano Beach
MIAMI — U.S. Border Patrol agents, working closely with deputies assigned to the Broward Sheriff’s Marine Unit, stopped an attempted migrant smuggling event in Pompano Beach on Wednesday.
After a brief boat pursuit near the coastline, U.S. Border Patrol agents and deputies located and apprehended thirteen individuals running onto the beach. The migrants in the group are from various countries including Jamaica, Haiti, Turkey, Sierra Leone and the Bahamas. Three of the migrants have been previously deported from the United States.
"The successful law enforcement operation highlights the importance of the partnerships between Miami Sector Border Patrol and its federal, state and local partners to secure Florida’s coastal border," said U.S. Border Patrol Miami Sector Division Chief Peter Daniel. "We will continue our efforts to keep communities safe while protecting America's coastal borders."
The Bahamian national in custody will be charged with alien smuggling by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida (USAO-SDFL).
All defendants are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
U.S. Border Patrol plays a vital role in securing our coastal borders and community involvement is an important aspect of the mission. Citizens can report suspicious activity to U.S. Border Patrol by calling 877-772-8146.
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