13 migrants in custody after boat landing near MacArthur Beach State Park

Posted at 12:17 PM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 18:16:44-04

U.S. Border Patrol said 13 undocumented migrants were taken into custody Monday after a boat landing near John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. Three women and 10 men were from Turkey, Haiti and the Bahamas.

According to Todd Bryant with Border Patrol, at about 9 a.m. officials were notified by the Jupiter Police Department of a possible smuggling operation occurring in the area.

Initial reports indicated six to 10 migrants had landed near Juno Beach Park with some being detained by the Jupiter Police Department. 

The 13 migrants were later located and taken into custody.

A vessel was located near John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.

Margaret Lucas was walking to her condo, when she saw and heard what happened.

"I heard the helicopters and they were going all over and I thought my goodness what's going on!" said Lucas. "I can't believe it. I feel so bad for them because they have to pay to get into the country and they just drop them off here."


U.S. Border Patrol says there were no injuries. They also say the group will likely be deported back to their home countries.