Federal and military police confiscated knives, homemade weapons and whiskey in a surprise search at the Cuban refugee relocation center here.

Soldiers, standing elbow-to-elbow, encircled the 24 two-story barracks on the camp's main street, while police searched the grounds, buildings and individuals.

Lt. Col. A. T. Brainerd said he did not know whether any action would be taken against refugees as a result of the search.

The confiscated knives apparently were stolen from mess halls on the base, he said. Homemade weapons included clubs and sharpened pieces of metal windowscreen frames. He said no guns were found.

Meanwhile, a few Cuban Americans outside a base gate protested delays in processing their relatives. But Bill Tidball, federal coordinator, said processing seemed to be back at full speed after the interruption by riots at the base last weekend.

"We're above the expectations that we had at the beginning of the project," he said. "We're in good shape now."

At Key West, Fla., the Coast Guard said a cutter was accompanying 15 boats across the Florida Straits in what might be the last flotilla of Cuban sealift.

With the sharp drop in boat arrivals, the federal operation that has overseen the emergency effort to resettle the refugees also began winding down. William Traugh, the Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinator, was scheduled to leave Key West and the FEMA office is expected to close next week.