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13 East Indian Migrants Found In Waters Off Of Puerto Rico

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         Mona Island near Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN – United States authorities say they have detained 13 people from India who were part of a group of migrants heading to Puerto Rico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jeffrey Quinones says it’s the first time in more than a decade that Indian migrants have been detained in an illegal trip to this U.S. commonwealth.

The 19 migrants found aboard a wooden vessel also included five Dominicans and one Haitian.

Customs said yesterday that the group was found just north of Mona Island between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

They said one person was arrested and that the others were repatriated to the Dominican Republic.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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