19 October – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Paul Blocker, Jr., Chief Patrol Agent, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Patrol Miami Sector, announced today the arrest of defendant, Max Nadime Deus on charges of transportation of illegal aliens.
As set forth in the complaint, on October 17, 2005, a 22′ Boston Whaler pleasure craft was found abandoned on Ocean Drive, Lauderdale by the Sea, Broward County, Florida. The boat was suspected of being used to smuggle aliens into the United States. Shortly after, two of four individuals who had previously been observed walking east from the beach where the boat was found, were observed getting into a minivan in a Publix shopping center located in the area. The minivan was driven out of the parking lot by Max Deus. Upon being stopped, Max Deus initially denied knowing the two passengers in the minivan. However, Deus later admitted that one of the passengers was his brother, Agly Deus, who had previously been deported from the United States. Deus also admitted that he knew his brother and the other passenger were in the United States illegally because they did not enter through a Port of Entry. The passengers, Agly Deus and Bethie Simeon, are Haitian nationals. Both admitted that they had arrived in the United States by boat that morning with the assistance of a smuggler. They walked to a supermarket where someone called Agly Deus’ brother to pick them up.
Max Deus has been released on a $100,000 personal surety bond. If convicted, he faces a maximum statuary sentence of five (5) years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the charge of transportation of illegal aliens. Max Deus has been a correctional officer with Miami-Dade County for the past three years.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Customs and Border Protection and the Broward Sheriff’s Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Keene.
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