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22 foreign nationals in custody after 'smuggling event' near Palm Beach

boat used in smuggling operation near Palm Beach, March 26, 2021
Posted at 8:42 AM, Mar 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-26 09:40:52-04

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The United States Border Patrol says they have 22 people in custody after a "smuggling event" near Palm Beach and Lake Worth Beach.

According to officials, the 25-foot boat was found with 22 foreign nationals on board between the south end of the Town of Palm Beach and north of the Lake Worth Pier.

Palm Beach police say 14 of the people were Haitian and they were all wearing masks.

Officials say they are now searching on water and land for anyone else who may have be a part of the operation.