SAN DIEGO—On Thursday night, Border Patrol agents responded to the sighting of a man swimming northbound in the ocean approximately one mile north of the U.S./Mexico international border.
At around 11 p.m., Border Patrol agents conducting maritime operations approached the swimmer. The man was floating on a bag nearly 600 yards west of the shore. When agents questioned the man regarding his citizenship, he stated that he was a Mexican national and did not have documents to be in the U.S. The 55-year-old man was arrested and taken to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing.
A search of the man's duffle bag revealed seven bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed 52.43 pounds and had an estimated street value of $23,594.
If you have information about maritime smuggling or suspicious activity along the coast of Southern California, please contact the U.S. Coast Guard Joint Harbor Operations Center at (800) 854-9834, or to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact (619) 498-9900.
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.