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Coast Guard, partner agencies intercept human smuggling event

Posted at 10:37 AM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 10:37:32-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- The Coast Guard has transferred 24 people involved in a suspected human smuggling case to U.S. Border Patrol agents in Lake Worth for processing.

A 25-foot center console boat was intercepted on Saturday approximately 9 miles east of West Palm Beach.

The Coast Guard says the suspected smugglers are reportedly one U.S. citizen and one Bahamian.

Passengers on the boat included six Haitians, six Ecuadorians, four Chinese, three Bolivians, two Azerbaijanis and one Dominican.