Manalapan, Fla. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents assigned to Miami Sector have 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 event in Manalapan, Fla. 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 from the Bahamas. The Jamaican man had an active arrest warrant in the U.S. for narcotics trafficking. The Border Patrol is working closely with its DHS partners to investigate this incident.
This makes the second known smuggling event in Palm Beach County this week. On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, Border Patrol agents also arrested a suspected Bahamian smuggler who transported 11 undocumented migrants in a small vessel from the Bahamas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity, including drug and alien smuggling. They can remain anonymous by calling the Border Patrol toll free at (877) 772-8146.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.