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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Arrest Man Swimming from Mexico with Narcotics

Release Date: 
September 24, 2013

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.

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February 9, 2017