A group of Cuban migrants on a homemade boat that were part of a smuggling operation were intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Florida Keys early Wednesday, the second day in a row that agents have stopped a smuggling vessel in the area, officials said.
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Thomas G. Martin said 16 Cuban migrants were on the homemade raft that made landfall near Key West early Wednesday.
The migrants were taken into federal custody.
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Early Tuesday, 10 Cuban migrants had been taken into custody after making landfall near Marathon on a homemade vessel, Martin said.
Those migrants, who were also part of a maritime smuggling event, were taken into federal custody, Martin said.