Authorities arrested a Bahamian man Wednesday after they say he tried to smuggle more than $1 million out of the U.S. by boat.
Rohan Spicer, 31, was caught about six nautical miles east of the Palm Beach Inlet, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman said. Spicer is scheduled for a bond hearing Monday at 10 a.m.
According to ICE, Spicer arrived in the U.S. last Monday on a boat. Two days later, homeland security agents watched as he took some items from the back of a sports utility vehicle and loaded them onto the boat. He filled out customs paperwork at the Port of Palm Beach declaring he was transporting household goods and speakers.
The boat was interdicted off the coast of Palm Beach and authorities searched the vessel and cargo. They found and seized about $1.2 million in $50,000 bundles. The money was hidden in goods, stereo speakers and luggage that Spicer had aboard the boat.
Spicer told officers he was on his way to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, and that he failed to declare about $20,000 that he had aboard the boat.
ICE agencies, Custom and Border Patrol agencies, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Tequesta Police collaborated on the effort.