The 26-meter M/Y Miawas apprehended during a routine boarding in The Bahamas when undeclared gunsand ammunition were found on board, leading to the seizure of the weapons andthe arrest of those on board.
The vessel failed to declare the onboard firearms during itsfirst port of entry on Tuesday, August 11. According to The Bahamas Weekly, HerMajesty’s Bahamian Ship P-44 boarded the vessel while on patrol inHighbourne Cay in the Exumas.
Officials found 10 people on board, as well as two undeclaredfirearms — a Springfield Armory .45 automatic colt pistol with 105 rounds andone G lock 199 mm pistol with 74 rounds.
Bahamian regulations require all firearms to be declared toCustoms. Weapons may remain on board under lock and key. (http://www.bahamas.com/boating-enter-exit)
The passengers were arrested by the Bahamian Defence ForceMarines and escorted to Nassau, where they were handed to Bahamas Customs. The vessel’scaptain was fined $10,000, and the Customs Comptroller seized the weapons andammunition for breaching Customs Regulations, reports The Bahamas Weekly.
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