Byline: Tere Figueras, Jacqueline Charles and Luisa Yanez
The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a freighter seven miles off Miami Wednesday in an incident that the vessel's captain described in radio transmissions as an armed hijacking by 17 men who said they were Haitian police officers and government officials.
The Coast Guard would not confirm late Wednesday that the 199-foot Margot had been hijacked.
"We haven't determined whether this is a hijacking or not. We don't have all the facts," said Jesus Torres, special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami.
The incident ended peacefully about 7:15 p.m. when federal authorities boarded the vessel. They confiscated three rifles and a handgun.
FBI and immigration agents were aboard the Margot late Wednesday interviewing the seven Filipino crewmembers, four legitimate passengers believed to be Haitians, and 17 other people also …