Hiding in a boat, they find 32 Cuban immigrants in Florida

MIAMI, United States.- Police officers from Monroe County, Florida, detained 32 Cuban immigrants at a traffic stop on Monday in a fast boat that was being towed, according to a statement by the Sheriff’s Office of that county, where the Florida Keys are located, between Key West and Key Largo.

According to the report, the Cubans, including several minors and pregnant women, were found hiding in the boat, in which they allegedly arrived in the United States.

The statement said Sergeant Joel Slough was on patrol on Monday when, at approximately 6 a.m., he saw a rental truck towing a large boat heading north, near 107th Street, at a speed lower than the established speed.

At the traffic stop Sgt. Slough “noticed that there were no safety seats for the children riding in the truck, in addition to an overwhelming smell of salt water and body sweat,” the note reads.

The driver of the truck towing the boat, Reidel Garcia-Espino, of Seffner, Florida, told police they had been fishing, but there was no fishing equipment on the boat either.

According to the statement, García-Espino was arrested and accused of child neglect, since none of the three minors found in the truck – one and a half, four and five years old, respectively – were protected with some type of belt or safety seat. for children.

Among the immigrants was a 17-year-old young man, two pregnant women, among others who were hiding in the V-docking area of ​​the bow of the boat. The 32 Cubans were turned over to the US Customs and Border Protection Office.

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Also participating in the operation were agents from Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations, as well as officials from the Key Colony Beach Police and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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