Boat Transporting 25 Migrants Intercepted Near Florida

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Friday, March 15, Florida officials revealed that a boat transporting 25 migrants from Haiti had recently been intercepted. 

In an announcement, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) stated that officers from Florida Fish and Wildlife had intercepted the vessel in the last few weeks. He said during the press conference the vessel had firearms, drugs, and night vision gear that they could use. They were also allegedly boating recklessly, potentially putting other people at risk. 

The incident occurred close to the Sebastian inlet, where the boat was intercepted. The migrants were then turned over to the Coast Guard to be deported.

A statement released by Florida Fish and Wildlife recognized the involvement of the officers in intercepting the boat that was transporting guns, drugs and other equipment as well as several migrants from Haiti. Within a few minutes, the officers stated that they were aware that this was a human smuggling operation. 

On Thursday, March 14, the governor announced that the state was going to be deploying additional resources in preparation for an anticipated increase in migrants trying to enter the country from Haiti because of the increase in political instability and street violence in the country.  

During a press conference, DeSantis further stated that he had signed three bills that were specifically aimed to target those in the state who had illegally immigrated. He added that the state was going to continue looking for boats as they expected that more would attempt the crossing. He added that there was a high number of resources being displayed currently.

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