HILLSBORO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) – A total of 15 migrants have been taken into custody in Hillsboro Beach.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, agents and other law enforcement officers responded to a suspected smuggling event at approximately 12:45 p.m., Wednesday.
7SkyForce hovered over the scene where Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies could be seen surrounding the migrants under a tree near Hillsboro Mile. Aerial footage also showed authorities escorting some of the migrants out from the beach.
Witness Carey Morgan said she noticed a group of people in the area prior to authorities arriving.
“I could tell they weren’t comfortable here,” she said. “I was over on the boat and looked out and saw a lot of people walking around. They were walking up and down the street here. I wasn’t sure what they were doing.”
Officials said a Hillsboro Beach Police team saw the group come on shore and called BSO and CBP.
“They ended up sitting at a table that’s over on the dock,” Morgan said. “The next thing we knew, the police were here and arresting people who were migrants that came in on a boat.”
Investigators said the group of migrants were from different countries, including Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.
Officials said the smuggling operation remains under investigation.
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