32 migrants found hiding in go-fast boat during Florida traffic stop, deputies say

Rental truck pulling trailer pulled over for driving slower than speed limit

A deputy found 32 undocumented migrants hiding in a go-fast boat on a trailer attached to a truck on Monday during a traffic stop in Monroe County.
A deputy found 32 undocumented migrants hiding in a go-fast boat on a trailer attached to a truck on Monday during a traffic stop in Monroe County. (Monroe County Sheriff's Office)

MARATHON, Fla. – More than 30 Cuban migrants were found hiding in a go-fast boat during a traffic stop Monday morning in the Florida Keys, officials said.

A Monroe County deputy pulled over a rental truck towing a trailer with a large vessel traveling slower than the speed limit in Marathon, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The deputy noted that none of the three children in the truck were restrained by any type of seat belt or child seat.

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During a search, many people were found hiding in the forward v-berth area of the boat, for a total of 32 suspected migrants, officials said. The group included two pregnant women and a 17-year-old.

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.

The migrants were turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Garcia-Espino was arrested and charged with child neglect.

Jail records did not list an attorney for the Seffner, Florida, man. It was not immediately known if he would face federal charges.