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Coast Guard: Cuban National Suspected of Human Smuggling

A group of Cuban migrants are discovered south of Key West, Florida, Sep. 13, 2015. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk interdicted the group of migrants who were later repatriated back to Cuba. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
A group of Cuban migrants are discovered south of Key West, Florida, Sep. 13, 2015. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk interdicted the group of migrants who were later repatriated back to Cuba. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

MIAMI — Coast Guard officials say a Cuban national is suspected of attempting to smuggle 14 people into Florida by boat.

According to a Coast Guard statement Friday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection airplane crew spotted a suspicious vessel Tuesday near the Bahamas. The statement says that the vessel would not stop when U.S. authorities intercepted it about 12 miles southeast of Miami.

Officials said Customs and Border Protection crews fired "warning shots and disabling fire" before a Coast Guard cutter arrived on scene and took 15 people to shore.

One migrant came from Ecuador, one came from Jamaica, six were Chinese and six came from Sri Lanka.

The Coast Guard says the Cuban national, a legal permanent resident of the U.S., is being investigated on suspicion of human smuggling.

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