Coast Guard in­ter­cepts 20 Cuban mi­grants

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

MI­AMI – A gaudily painted boat and a Coast Guard air­plane played key roles in catch­ing 20 Cubans try­ing to sneak into the United States Thurs­day and Fri­day. The Coast Guard also ar­rested a smuggling sus­pect, of­fi­cials said Sun­day.

Cuban bor­der se­cu­rity told Coast Guard watch­standers about a boat with pas­sen­gers il­le­gally leav­ing Cuba. A U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pa­trol plane spot­ted “High Trollers” and stopped the boat 41 miles south of Key West. Of the five Cuban women, five Cuban men, one child and the boat’s driver, all but one man and the driver will be taken back to Cuba. Those two were taken into cus­tody.

On Fri­day, a crew on an HC-144 Ocean Sen­try air­plane fly­ing over the Ba­hamian is­land Cay Sal spot­ted two peo­ple hid­ing in bushes. Crew­men from the Coast Guard Cut­ter Charles Sex­ton docked and found nine

Cuban cit­i­zens. Cay Sal is a ge­o­graph­i­cally con­ve­nient way sta­tion be­tween Cuba and Key West. The Coast Guard handed the nine Cubans to Ba­hamas Im­mi­gra­tion for re­turn to Cuba.

– Mi­ami Her­ald

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