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Coast Guard Captures 29 Dominicans Trying To Come To United States Illegally

SAN JUAN — The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Puerto Rican law enforcement took 29 people from the Dominican Republic into custody Tuesday who were trying to enter the United States illegally, according to a Coast Guard press release.

Two of the men are being investigated for possibly trying to re-enter the country after having been previously deported. One of those men is also being investigated as a “possible smuggler,” according to the release.

A Customs Marine and Air Operations (AMO) plane crew spotted one boat about 18 miles northeast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The vessel was stopped by the Coast Guard cutter Joseph Tezanos, which took 10 Dominican migrants on board, the press release states.

In a separate incident, a Puerto Rican Joint Forces of Rapid Action boat crew stopped a migrant vessel carrying 19 Dominicans four miles west of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

The people on board were picked up by the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Winslow Griesser, according to the press release.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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