M/Y Mia Apprehended in The Bahamas for Undeclared Firearms On Board
26 August 2015
The 26-meter M/Y Mia was apprehended during a routine boarding in The Bahamas when undeclared guns and ammunition were found on board, leading to the seizure of the weapons and the arrest of those on board.
The vessel failed to declare the onboard firearms during its first port of entry on Tuesday, August 11. According to The Bahamas Weekly, Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship P-44 boarded the vessel while on patrol in Highbourne Cay in the Exumas.
Officials found 10 people on board, as well as two undeclared firearms - a Springfield Armory .45 automatic colt pistol with 105 rounds and one G lock 199 mm pistol with 74 rounds.
Bahamian regulations require all firearms to be declared to Customs. Weapons may remain on board under lock and key. (http://www.bahamas.com/boating-enter-exit )
The passengers were arrested by the Bahamian Defence Force Marines and escorted to Nassau, where they were handed to Bahamas Customs. The vessel's captain was fined $10,000, and the Customs Comptroller seized the weapons and ammunition for breaching Customs Regulations, reports The Bahamas Weekly.
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