Bahamian suspected of human smuggling into Florida
A Bahamian suspected of human smuggling has been detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
On Friday, in a statement, the Coast Guard noted that it had interdicted 13 migrants and a suspected smuggler 25 miles east of Miami on September 28.
The Coast Guard said the migrants and the alleged smuggler were found in a 21-foot cabin cruiser.
“Upon detection, the cabin cruiser crew reversed their course to go east toward The Bahamas,” the statement reads.
“The cutter William Trump crew stopped the vessel and discovered six Jamaican migrants, six Haitian migrants, one Guyanese migrant and the suspected smuggler, a Bahamian national, aboard.”
The Coast Guard transferred two Haitians migrants to The Bahamas Department of Immigration, according to the statement.
The remaining migrants and the suspected smuggler were transferred to the CBP “for further investigation”, the Coast Guard noted.
“The Coast Guard continues to maintain a focused and coordinated effort with multiple agency assets to interdict any attempt to dangerously and unlawfully immigrate by sea to the United States,” said Lieutenant Commander Mark Cobb, who serves as Coast Guard Sector Miami chief of enforcement.
“These illegal migrant smuggling ventures are extremely dangerous, especially during the hurricane season, and places families in danger of being lost at sea.”