United States Border Patrol agents took into custody yesterday morning several Haitian migrants who they suspect of being a part of a human smuggling operation from the Bahamas.
According to international reports, the group of migrants bailed from a beached boat shortly after 3am Tuesday, touched off a massive ground, air, and sea search.
Border Patrol said it appears this was a human smuggling operation from the Bahamas. It was the second migrant arrest in Palm Beach County for the week.
On Monday, Border Patrol caught seven Haitians after they landed on Palm Beach.
They all appeared to be in good health. Crews are currently searching for the smuggler who dropped them off.
Investigators did not find a boat on the beach.
US Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Doug Jannusch, who is stationed in the Bahamas, said the Coast Guard is concerned about the alleged human trafficking ring operating in the Bahamas.