A Jamaican man is among several people arrested and charged by the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency for the illegal smuggling of migrants last week.
According to US officials a customs boat pulled over a vessel carrying migrants off Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach County in Florida last week.
15 people from eight countries were on the 26-foot vessel.
Two of the suspected smugglers are from the Bahamas.
According to the criminal complaint the other two, Shane Anthony Clacken and Joel Dataram, are from Jamaica and Guyana respectively.
Clacken and Dataram were arrested on charges of attempting to re-enter the U.S. after having been previously deported, in addition to human smuggling.
Both were previously convicted on felony drug charges before being deported.
Five others on the boat were also arrested on charges of attempting to re-enter the U.S. after having been previously deported.
They, too, were all previously convicted of felonies.
Homeland Security Investigation agents interviewed the passengers on Saturday.
The passengers stated they paid unidentified Bahamians for a spot on the boat.
According to the migrants they paid between fifteen hundred and fifteen thousand US dollars.
The boat departed from Freeport, Bahamas, on May 8.