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Two dozen Cuban migrants land at Elliott Key

This Miami Herald file photo doesn’t show the 24 Cuban migrants who landed in Elliott Key Tuesday afternoon, but the 24 who arrived Jan. 1, 2015.
This Miami Herald file photo doesn’t show the 24 Cuban migrants who landed in Elliott Key Tuesday afternoon, but the 24 who arrived Jan. 1, 2015. AP

As Tuesday morning turned to afternoon, two dozen Cuban migrants began turning their feet from wet to dry by reaching Elliott Key, east of Homestead and in Biscayne National Park.

The U.S. Border Patrol said it received the call at 12:30 that a group of migrants were on Elliott Key. A number of agencies (Border Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, Fish & Wildlife, etc.) greeted the group, which turned out to number 24: 16 males, one of which was a young boy, and eight females.

One man was taken to the hospital with an injured ankle. The rest were transferred to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Dania Beach before being turned over to Homeland Security’s Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office.

The Border Patrol suspects a professional smuggling operation, but stressed that’s only speculation until the investigation is completed.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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