SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol and Office of Air and Marine (OAM) agents, along with San Diego Lifeguards, collaborated in the arrest of a man and woman Tuesday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. The two individuals were interdicted during a human smuggling attempt utilizing a rented jet boat.
San Diego Lifeguards informed Customs and Border Protection OAM of a suspicious 1998 Yamaha jet boat heading southbound with one person onboard. Later, OAM Air Interdiction Agents on patrol in a Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) spotted the jet boat headed northbound with two people on board.
The MEA crew guided an OAM vessel to intercept the jet boat driver for questioning. OAM Marine Interdiction Agents caught up with the jet boat and directed the driver to pull into Dana Landing near Ocean Beach.
Border Patrol agents arrived on scene and conducted an immigration inspection which revealed the 25-year-old Mexican national woman passenger, was illegally present in the U.S. The 51-year-old male driver of the jet boat is a U.S. citizen. Both were placed under arrest and transported to a local Border Patrol station for processing. It was later determined that the boat had been rented.
Director of Air Operations John Priddy stated, “Effective policing requires both the cooperation of interagency partners and a community that is willing to be involved and report suspicious activity.”
If you have information about maritime smuggling or suspicious activity along the coast of California, please contact the Joint Harbor Operations Center at 1-800-854-9834 or 9-1-1.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.