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Smuggling operation busted near Juno Beach, 8 Haitian nationals arrested, officials say

Multiple law enforcement agencies respond to 'maritime smuggling event'
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Posted at 3:14 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 16:32:02-05

JUNO BEACH, Fla. — Eight Haitian migrants involved in a smuggling operation were arrested on Tuesday morning near Juno Beach, authorities say.

According to Acting Chief Patrol Agent Thomas Martin of the U.S. Border Patrol, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a "maritime smuggling event" near Juno Beach and arrested eight Haitian nationals.

Chief Martin said two smugglers fled the scene on a vessel, but were eventually captured.