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Bahamas: Presence on the sea ramped up amid holiday illegal landings

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Following two illegal landings over a 48-hour period on Long Island and Andros, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said the armed forces of The Bahamas and its partners have ramped up their presence and adjusted their strategies to thwart human traffickers.

“The police and defense [forces] continue to remain focused on their primary responsibilities,” Dames told Eyewitness News.

“They have been working this now since over the holidays and the weather would have certainly disrupted some patterns, but fortunately that we were able to interdict and that’s a good thing.

“Sometimes you want to catch these persons right away at sea, but sometimes shift in weather and change in plans and altered plans throws off routes and throws off strategies.

“But, at the end of the day, they knew what they were doing and they were successful.”

Dames suggested human traffickers have again changed their strategies and authorities have adjusted in kind to thwart those efforts.

Asked whether authorities were confident no migrant who illegally landed slipped through their fingers, Dames said with the recent apprehensions it is believed the vast majority of those who landed in The Bahamas were arrested.

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