Sunday, February 5, 2012

Seven Arrested in Dana Point Harbor for Human Smuggling

By Andrea Swayne

Border Patrol agents took seven people into custody Saturday afternoon at Dana Point Harbor for illegal human smuggling.

At about 3:30 p.m. Saturday Border Patrol agents responded to assist Orange County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and the Customs and Boarder Protection Office of Air and Marine with the detention of a pleasure boat and seven passengers at the Embarcadero Launch Ramp, authorities said.

Six of the seven detainees were determined to be in the county illegally—five Mexican nationals and one from Brazil.

The seventh person taken into custody is a U.S. citizen.

Three of the seven are females—the Brazilian and two Mexicans.

The six in the country illegally were processed for deportation and the American is being held and will be prosecuted for alien smuggling as a part of the enhanced consequences instated due to the dangerous methods used in maritime smuggling, said San Diego Sector Border Patrol agent and spokesman Jerry Conlin.

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