LATEST: U.S. authorities seize guns at Riviera Marina, arrest Bahamian


As federal authorities boarded a boat this week at the Riviera Beach Marina, the authorities say, one of the two people aboard tossed a bag overboard. The sleight-of-hand didn’t work, the agencies said.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s divers recovered three guns and arrested a Bahamian citizen, according to the sheriff’s office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard, patrolling off Palm Beach, encountered a suspicious boat carrying an American and a Bahamian, and called for backup from the U.S. Border Patrol, according to a Customs statement.

“As the vessel was being boarded, the Bahamian national threw a bag overboard that was later recovered by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office dive team and found to contain three handguns,” the release said

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the two divers recovered the bag in water about 15 feet deep. She said deputies also helped the federal authorities secure the boat at the marina.

The Border Patrol said the Bahamian was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. The release did not say where that person was taken or where the person is now. It did not say the fate of the American. It did not give either person’s name, home town, age or gender.

Spokespersons for Customs didn’t immediately respond Thursday to a request for more details.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

When Harry met Barry: Prince interviews Obama for BBC radio
When Harry met Barry: Prince interviews Obama for BBC radio

Prince Harry and former President Barack Obama had some fun banter before their interview on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program, the BBC reported. “Do I have to speak faster? Because I am a slow speaker,” Obama asks the prince before an interview that will be aired Dec. 27. “No, not at all,” Harry responds...
JUST IN: Fire damages Belle Glade home, sends resident packing
JUST IN: Fire damages Belle Glade home, sends resident packing

A house fire in Belle Glade this morning has put one person out of a home, the American Red Cross local chapter reports. The fire happened at a home on Northwest 11th Street and did enough damage to make the place unsafe for anyone to live there. The Red Cross is helping the resident with temporary shelter, food and clothing.
Pope Francis criticizes journalists for reporting old scandals
Pope Francis criticizes journalists for reporting old scandals

Pope Francis rebuked journalists that report old scandals and sensationalize the news, calling it “a very serious sin” that hurts the involved parties, CBS News reported, citing an Associated Press story. On the eve of his 81st birthday Saturday, the pontiff said journalists should remember to provide precise, complete and correct...
After the video: Dairy association tries to counter abuse allegations
After the video: Dairy association tries to counter abuse allegations

Florida’s dairy industry has been in an unwanted spotlight since the Nov. 9 release of surveillance videos showing workers kicking cows at Larson Dairy in Okeechobee County. The image portrayed is far from that of cows grazing in idyllic pastures and has the potential to harm both milk sales and economic stability of the industry. RELATED: Three...
Suicide bomber kills 7 in Pakistani church
Suicide bomber kills 7 in Pakistani church

Seven people were killed and more than two dozen were injured Sunday when a suicide bomber attacked a church packed with more than 400 worshippers during a service in Pakistan, CNN reported. A Methodist church in Quetta was targeted by two attackers, but only one was able to denonate his vest, according to Sarfaraz Bugti, the interior minister...
More Stories