JUNO BEACH, FLA.—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the West Palm Beach station arrested two Bahamian men suspected of smuggling seven migrants in a vessel from the Bahamas.
The Juno Police Department alerted Border Patrol agents on March 8, 2014, to a maritime smuggling event in Juno Beach, Fla. Border Patrol agents discovered a 25’ Sea Ray on the beach. The vessel contained external fuel drums, which would have made it possible for the suspected smugglers to drop off the migrants and return to the Bahamas without stopping to refuel. Border Patrol agents conducted a coordinated search around the crime scene with the Juno Beach Police Department, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and the Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine, which resulted in the arrest of the two Bahamian nationals suspected of smuggling the seven migrants. The migrants were from Colombia, Haiti, Brazil and Ecuador.
Border Patrol agents are conducting an alien smuggling investigation with their law enforcement partners.
For the public to report any suspicious activity, to include drug and alien smuggling, they can call the U.S. Border Patrol anonymously toll free at 1-877-872-7435.
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.