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Jupiter police search for suspects after boat comes ashore early Wednesday

Posted at 4:35 AM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 11:23:31-05

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jupiter police say 9 people have been taken into custody after a boat came ashore at about 2:30 a.m.

Police searched for other suspects in the areas surrounding Burt Reynolds Park, Love Street and Dubois Park for several hours.

Agencies such as the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and US Customs and Border Patrol assisted Jupiter Police in the search.

From the sky the PBSO helicopter assisted and on the ground K9 officers made sure everyone was accounted for. 

A spokesperson for Homeland Security Investigations says a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office helicopter spotted a boat near the Jupiter Inlet and contacted Homeland Security and US Border Patrol.

The 9 people who were taken into custody included 2 Chinese, 1 Bahamian, 1 Jamaican, 2 Turkish, 2 Haitians, and 1 US citizen.

Authorities are trying to determine if they were involved in human smuggling or human trafficking.