The United States Coast Guard says it has detained six people, including four Caribbean nationals, after a boat was stopped off the coast of Florida.
In a statement, the Coast Guard said that the four Caribbean nationals, including two Jamaicans and a Bahamian, were attempting to enter the United States illegally near Sunny Isles, Florida.
“While the Coast Guard continues to deal with the lapse in appropriations and identify methods to alleviate the impacts to our workforce, this illegal activity in the Florida straits that threatens our maritime border security, remains a top priority for our service,” said Rear Adm. Peter J. Brown, Commander of the Coast Guard’s 7th District.
“I continue to be humbled and inspired by our dedicated Coast Guard women and men who stand the watch and remain dedicated to serve the public during this time of personal financial uncertainty,” he added.
The Coast Guard said one of the six migrants detained had previous convictions for kidnapping, aggravated assault, and narcotics trafficking, while another had previous convictions for the sale of narcotics.
The six men have since been transferred to the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations and US Customs and Border Protection for “further investigation and possible prosecution”.