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Smuggler lands migrants, then flees to Bahamas
Published on January 20, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

MANALAPAN, USA -- US Customs and Border Protection agents assigned to Miami Sector last week arrested 18 undocumented migrants who were smuggled in a vessel from The Bahamas.

Just before dawn on January 16, 2014, border patrol agents were alerted to a maritime smuggling incident in Manalapan, Florida. In a joint response with the Manalapan Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the agents arrested 16 Haitian migrants and one Jamaican migrant who were smuggled in a small vessel that reportedly then fled back to The Bahamas. The Jamaican man had an active arrest warrant in the US for narcotics trafficking.

This was the second known smuggling incident in Palm Beach County last week. On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, border patrol agents also arrested a suspected Bahamian smuggler who transported 11 undocumented migrants from China, the Dominican Republic and Haiti in a small vessel from The Bahamas.
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