FLORIDA, United States, Wednesday January 23, 2019 – Four Caribbean nationals were caught by the US Coast Guard trying to enter the United States illegally last weekend.
The US Coast Guard did not give the names of the men in a statement issued yesterday, but said two Jamaicans, one Dominican, and a Bahamian, were held on a boat with two American citizens, near Sunny Isles, Florida last Saturday.
None of the Caribbean nationals had US visas.
The US Coast Guard said one of them had previous convictions for kidnapping, aggravated assault, and narcotics trafficking. Another was previously convicted for the sale of narcotics.
“This illegal activity in the Florida straits, that threatens our maritime border security, remains a top priority for our service,” said Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown, commander of the Coast Guard’s 7th District.
All the men in the weekend interdiction were transferred to Homeland Security Investigations and US Customs and Border Protection for further investigation and possible prosecution.