TWO BAHAMIAN men have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs and migrants into the United States after their boat washed ashore in Florida on Tuesday, according to a West Palm Beach television station report.
WPTV reported that the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said eight undocumented migrants and 26 pounds of marijuana were on board a small Boston Whaler that beached in severe weather. Deputies said they found and detained a woman from Cuba, a man from the Dominican Republic, two men from Brazil and two men from the Bahamas.
Law enforcement also found a duffel bag containing the marijuana.
When they interviewed the people aboard the vessel, deputies learned that two other Brazilian men were also aboard but had escaped. They were later arrested.
Investigators said the smuggling boat left The Bahamas at midnight on Tuesday headed to Florida. The sheriff’s office said the Bahamians were attempting to smuggle the drugs and migrants into the United States.
All of the people taken into custody were turned over to Border Patrol Agents and taken to West Palm Beach for interviews.