Florida Keys, Florida – During a traffic stop Monday morning in the Florida Keys, more than 30 Cuban migrants were found hiding in a go-fast boat.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, a Monroe County deputy pulled over a rental truck towing a trailer with a large vessel traveling slower than the speed limit in Marathon. The deputy noted that none of the three children in the truck were restrained by any type of seat belt or child seat.
According to officials, during a search, a total of 32 suspected migrants were found hiding in the forward v-berth area of the boat.
The group included a 17-year-old and two pregnant women.
The driver of the truck, 29-year-old Reidel Garcia-Espino, told deputies they had been fishing. Officials did not find any fishing gear on the boat.
Garcia-Espino was arrested and charged with child neglect. Jail records did not list an attorney for the Seffner, Florida, man.
At this time it is not known if he would face federal charges.