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.