SAN DIEGO—Law enforcement officials intercepted two smuggling attempts this week in San Diego and Orange Counties resulting in the arrest of 59 illegal aliens being smuggled by land and sea.
Early this morning at approximately 4:30 a.m., a 25-foot panga with a single outboard engine was spotted by Border Patrol agents near Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, Calif.
The panga came ashore and Border Patrol, with the assistance of officials from California State Parks, Newport Beach Police Department, and Orange County Sheriff's Office, arrested 20 males and four females from the panga. Their ages range from 17 to 54-years-old. Twenty-three were determined to be Mexican nationals and one was a Honduran national. All were illegally present in the U.S. and taken to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing.
On Tuesday morning, at approximately 12:15 a.m., after information was received from Mexican Law Enforcement authorities, Border Patrol agents intercepted two vehicles, a 1993 Ford Econoline van and a 1992 GMC Sierra, which breached the U.S./Mexico International Border fence near an area known as "Smugglers Gulch," approximately two miles east of the Pacific Ocean.
Border Patrol agents arrested 27 males and eight females who were all Mexican nationals. Their ages ranged from 16 to 56-years-old. All individuals were taken to a nearby station for processing. The vehicles were seized by Border Patrol.
If you have information about maritime smuggling or suspicious activity along the coast of Southern California, please contact the Sector San Diego U.S. Coast Guard Joint Harbor Operations Center at (800) 854-9834, or to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (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.