MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Federal agents and local police intercepted what they called a “maritime smuggling event” a few miles off Haulover Inlet, arresting nine people Monday, officials said.
Agents also seized $32,000 and a gun, according to a tweet from Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar, who heads the U.S. Border Patrol’s Miami sector.
Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said agents made the bust approximately two miles off Haulover Inlet with help from the Border Patrol and Aventura police.
Slosar said those arrested included eight foreign nationals—six from the United Kingdom and two from Ireland—and one other person, who was only identified as a “suspected smuggler.”
Homeland Security Investigations agents are leading the case.
Earlier this week, #BorderPatrol marine unit, HSI, @aventurapolice interdicted a maritime smuggling event near #Miami & arrested 8 foreign nationals (2-Ireland, 6-United Kingdom), 1 suspected smuggler, & seized 32,000 USD & a firearm. Event is under #investigation by @HSI_Miami. pic.twitter.com/uCau6uK6HJ— Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar (@USBPChiefMIP) August 18, 2022