IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man early this morning who was smuggled into the U.S. by jet ski. This is the second time this week agents have intercepted a jet ski smuggling attempt.
At approximately 5 a.m., agents were alerted by the Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) and a concerned citizen’s phone call. They both reported a suspicious jet ski, which was heading northbound from Mexico along the coastline near Imperial Beach.
JHOC alerted agents that a person had been dropped off near Imperial Beach Boulevard. Agents responded and located a 32-year-old Mexican national man hiding among the rocks on the beach.
An immigration inspection revealed that the man was illegally present in the U.S. He was placed under arrest by agents and transported to a local Border Patrol station for processing.
On Sunday, Border Patrol agents arrested a man and woman who were also smuggled into the U.S. by jet ski. The couple were dropped off near the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado and arrested shortly thereafter.
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.