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Agents Net 3 Swimmers off Coast

Release Date: 
June 15, 2015

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif.—San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents and Marine Interdiction agents with the San Diego Office of Air and Marine (OAM) arrested three Mexican nationals that swam across the international border near the Tijuana River earlier today.

Shortly after midnight, a member of the San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) observed swimmers making their way north in the Pacific Ocean near the international border.

Border Patrol agents arrived on scene and observed three swimmers near the Tijuana River in Imperial Beach.

Agents requested assistance from an OAM Midnight Express Coastal Interceptor vessel that was on patrol in the area.  OAM agents intercepted the swimmers and retrieved two men from the ocean while the other was apprehended by Border Patrol agents when he swam ashore.  It was determined that the three men were Mexican nationals who were attempting to illegally enter the United States.

The men were transported to a local Border Patrol station for processing.  Records checks revealed that one man had prior immigration history; the other two had immigration and criminal histories.

If you have information about maritime smuggling or observe suspicious activity along the coast of California, please contact JHOC at 1-800-854-9834 or 911.

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February 9, 2017