WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.—On April 16, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the West Palm Beach station arrested Tony Acreus, a citizen of Haiti, and 10 other migrants as they were smuggled into the United States in a vessel from the Bahamas.
An investigation revealed that Acreus had been previously deported from the United States, and had an extensive criminal record. Border Patrol agents charged Acreus with Title 8 USC 1326, Reentry after Deportation. Acreus was convicted in federal court on the charge and was subsequently sentenced to six months imprisonment. Acreus will be formally deported to Haiti after serving the prison sentence.
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