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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents apprehended a Cuban man who was discovered after stowing away on a flight to Miami International Airport early Friday morning.
A statement from CBP officials said that the unidentified 26-year-old man "attempted to evade detection in the belly of an aircraft" that landed at the Miami airport before being discovered by a baggage carrier.
"The man was refused entry and CBP officers processed the individual as a stowaway under Section 212(a)(6)(D) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)," read CBP's statement.
"Individuals are taking extreme risks when they try to conceal themselves in confined spaces and CBP is trained and ready to respond with appropriate actions to prevent serious injuries or death whenever possible," the airport's Port Director Christopher Maston added in the news release.
"Teams of CBP officers maintain a robust posture regarding the enforcement of our immigration laws while facilitating trade and travel at ports of entry statewide," he said.
CBP officials added in the news release that Friday's capture was the 20th instance so far this year of an undocumented individual being detained after stowing away on a private transport.
The Trump administration reimposed restrictions on travel to Cuba earlier this year after the restrictions were previously relaxed under the Obama administration.