A 52 year-old male resident of the shanty town known as the Mudd was arrested on March 21 for assisting in the illegal landing of sixty-one illegal immigrants on Saturday shortly after 2:00 am.
Reports are that on March 21 shortly after 2:00am, a team of Officers acting on intelligence, and headed by the Bahamas Immigration Department, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force intercepted a vessel off Snake Cay and arrested sixty-one illegal Immigrants.
Apprehended were eleven adult females, forty-five adult males, as well as five children, all without visas.
Further inquiries were conducted and a 52 year-old male of the Mudd was arrested for assisting in illegal landing.
All persons were brought into Abaco where they were seen by the local doctor and medical staff of the Marsh Harbour Clinic.
The Immigration Department processed the illegal immigrants and had them transported into the Detention Center, New Providence.
Minister of Immigration and Foreign Affairs, Fred Mitchell released a statement saying “I want to let you know that this is a continuing exercise; the fight against illegal migration.”
He said that as they carry out more immigration exercises it becomes apparent that “we are fighting a sophisticated criminal enterprise which is seeking to make money at any cost and in the process attempting to destabilize The Bahamas. All Bahamians must fight this.”
He said that they were brought to Nassau that same afternoon and detained at the detention centre, with the children held in the safe house. He said they expect to repatriate them shortly to Port au Prince.