U.S. Border Patrol in West Palm Beach, Partners Disrupt Firearms Smuggling Attempt
West Palm Beach, Fla. — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the West Palm Beach Station, in close coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, arrested a Bahamian national for smuggling weapons out of Florida on Monday.
While conducting operations off the coast of West Palm Beach, the U.S. Coast Guard encountered a suspicious vessel piloted by a U.S. citizen and a Bahamian national. A U.S. Border Patrol canine team was dispatched for further inspection. As the vessel was being boarded, the Bahamian national threw a bag overboard that was later recovered by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office dive team and found to contain three handguns. The Bahamian national was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm in the U.S. Criminal prosecution is being sought by the Assistant United States Attorney’s Office in cooperation with U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations.
Miami Sector Border Patrol agents continue to work closely with maritime law enforcement partners to secure the U.S. coastal border.
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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.