Border Patrol arrests 18 in maritime smuggling attempt

DEL MAR — The San Diego Police Department made the initial report to Border Patrol shortly before midnight Sunday of the sightings of several life vests found washed ashore, about a quarter of mile south of Torrey Pines, according to Border Patrol Public Affairs Officer Jacopo Bruni. 

“The Border Patrol Agents found a panga-style boat near Fourth Street in Del Mar at 12:01 a.m.,” he said.

Of the 18 individuals arrested, two were taken to a local hospital for possible hypothermia, according to Bruni. The remaining 16 individuals were taken to a Border Patrol station for processing. There were 16 men and two women on board.

No drugs were found on the 30-foot boat, which had been seized and removed from the scene.

The Border Patrol will take the lead as the investigation continues.



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