MARATHON, Fla. – Two males have been arrested Monday at a Marathon boat ramp after they tried to journey to Cuba and return to South Florida with migrants, authorities mentioned.

In keeping with Monroe County Sheriff’s Workplace spokesman Adam Linhardt, deputies have been notified shortly earlier than 5 p.m. {that a} truck towing a ship was blocking southbound site visitors close to Mile Marker 56.

Linhardt mentioned deputies later discovered the truck and trailer on the close by Quay Boat Ramp.

The U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Homeland Safety Investigations additionally responded to the scene.

“The trailer had a flat tire and a broken rim,” Linhardt mentioned in a information launch. “The cabin-style cruiser had three 55-gallon drums of gas on board in addition to a gas switch pump, satellite tv for pc telephone, a GPS with waypoints to Cuba, a number of gallons of marine oil, a considerable amount of water and smooth drinks and quite a few life jackets.”

In keeping with Linhardt, Victor Manuel Rios Castillo, 29, of West Palm Seaside, confessed that he was planning to journey to Cuba to select up migrants and Jorge Luis Fernandez Rodriguez, 53, of Tampa, confessed that he was conscious of the gas drums within the boat he was towing.


Rios Castillo was subsequently arrested on a cost of tried human smuggling whereas Fernandez Rodriguez was arrested on a cost of transporting gas illegally.

(Monroe County Sheriff’s Workplace)

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