Border Agents Capture 34 Cuban Illegals in 'Go-Fast' Boat for 'Possible Repatriation'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | July 23, 2014 | 12:23 PM EDT

Border protection agents teamed with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to run down and capture 34 Cuban migrants attempting to use a speedboat to make it to U.S. shores before they could be captured, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Tuesday.

The Cubans were driving a "go-fast boat," which CBP says has been repurposed from rum-running to smuggle illegal aliens and drugs into the U.S.:

'Go-Fast' Boat Used to Smuggle Drugs and Illegal Aliens

"The 'go-fast' is a small, fast boat designed with a long narrow platform and a planing hull to enable it to reach high speeds. These high speed boats are descendant from 'rum-runners' during the Prohibition era used to transfer rum from larger vessels waiting outside the territorial waters of the U.S. Today, smugglers use them to transport different types of contraband - drugs and illegal aliens."

The boat of 10 female and 24 male Cuban migrants was intercepted after it crossed the 12-mile boundary into U.S. waters about 11 miles south of Marquesas Key West.

The 34 Cuban migrants have been placed in Coast Guard custody "for possible repatriation," the CBP reports.