A magistrate yesterday ordered the deportation of 24 undocumented Haitian immigrants who recently entered The Bahamas.
The 15 men and nine women were captured on New Year’s Day after law enforcement officers found their wooden sloop near South Beach shortly after midnight.
The immigrants pleaded guilty to illegal landing when they appeared before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux.
After finding the boat, officers from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, immigration, customs and police scoured the South Beach, Pinewood, Sea Breeze, Hanna Road, Joe Farrington Road, Yamacraw Shores and Marshall Road communities in search of its passengers, the court heard.
The law enforcement officers caught 25 immigrants, however, the minor was not charged before the court.
On December 31, 116 of the 124 Haitians who were intercepted eight miles south of New Providence pleaded guilty to illegal landing and were ordered deported.
However, 11 of them, who had previously been deported, will first serve sentences of six months in prison.