Bahamian Officials Nab 12 Migrants in Human Smuggling and Drug Trafficking Bust

NASSAU, The Bahamas, Monday July 15, 2019 – A joint operation by Bahamas Immigration Department and Royal Bahamas Defence Force to crack down on human and drug smuggling has nabbed 13 people, including 12 migrants from Europe, East Asia and Latin American and the Caribbean.

The migrants of five foreign countries, along with a Bahamian, were apprehended aboard a 25-foot go-fast vessel by a Defence Force patrol craft with Defence Force Marines and Immigration officials off West End, Grand Bahama last Friday.

A search of the vessel uncovered one Bahamian, five Jamaicans, two Colombians, two Chinese, two Haitians, and a Lithuanian on board along with 17 pounds of marijuana.

The captain and occupants of the vessel were taken into custody and handed over to police and Immigration officials.

The Defence Force said in a statement announcing the arrests, that it “remains committed to protecting the territorial integrity of The Bahamas”.

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