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Bahamian Smuggler Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison

Release Date: 
July 17, 2013

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.—On December 20, 2012, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the West Palm Beach station arrested Renado Shavar Smith, a citizen of the Bahamas, after he smuggled migrants from the Bahamas into the United States in a vessel.

 

Border Patrol agents from the West Palm Beach Station inspect a vessel used to smuggle five migrants from the Bahamas into the U.S.

Border Patrol agents from the West Palm Beach Station inspect a vessel used to smuggle five migrants from the Bahamas into the U.S.

Smith pled guilty in federal court on March 15, for violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1324(a)(2)(B)(ii), Alien Smuggling for Financial Gain. Smith admitted to U.S. Border Patrol agents and Homeland Security Investigations that he smuggled five migrants into the United States, who were later picked up in a waiting vehicle near the landing site.

On June 27, 2013, Smith was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment. Smith will be formally deported to the Bahamas after serving the prison sentence. Agents seized the vessel used in the smuggling event.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017