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CBP prevents smuggling at sea attempt

ENCINITAS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection marine interdiction crews in San Diego thwarted a smuggling attempt in the early morning hours of March 3, stopping a boat off the coast of Leucadia with 17 illegal immigrants aboard.
At about 3:30 a.m., a CBP vessel on patrol crewed by two marine interdiction agents and a border patrol agent spotted a 36-foot panga about two miles offshore from Leucadia. When the CBP vessel approached, the panga fled from law enforcement authorities. After a brief pursuit, the panga stopped and agents brought the vessel and all 17 persons on board to shore.

U.S. Border Patrol agents took custody of one 16-year-old boy, 12 men, and four women, all of whom are Mexican citizens and illegal immigrants. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents continue to investigate the smuggling incident.

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Lake Calavera March 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Here’s a thought:
How about if the fed’s build a minimum security facility on San Clemente island? The coast guard and do everyone a favor and drop the illegals there and tell the mexican government to come get them?

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