Monday, February 20, 2012

Suspected smuggling boat washes ashore in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD (CNS) - Border Patrol agents arrested 13 Mexican nationals when a human smuggling boat was intercepted off Ponto Beach at the south end of Carlsbad Monday.

Border Patrol agents were conducting surveillance along the coastline and spotted the panga-style boat as it approached the beach just after 2 a.m., according to Border Patrol spokesman Michael Jimenez.

The boat stayed in shallow water as some passengers jumped out and waded towards the shore, Jimenez said. Eight men, one boy and three women were apprehended on the beach, he said.

They were arrested for suspicion of being in the country illegally and will be deported, Jimenez said.

The two suspected smugglers remained in the boat, which then turned to head south, Jimenez said. Agents in a patrol boat stopped the panga and arrested the two suspected smugglers.

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