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California Briefing / Encinitas

Agents intercept smugglers' boats

November 04, 2009|Richard Marosi

Mexican immigrant trafficking groups continue trying to smuggle illegal immigrants by boat, with federal authorities disrupting three attempts to land immigrants on San Diego County beaches and harbors since Saturday, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

The most recent incident occurred early Tuesday morning when agents spotted a 15-foot boat heading toward Beacon's Beach in Encinitas. Agents said they arrested 21 illegal immigrants -- 19 men and two women -- on the beach.

On Saturday, agents said they intercepted an 18-foot Bayliner carrying eight illegal immigrants off Imperial Beach near the border. The next day, 10 Mexican citizens and three Bolivians were arrested at the Oceanside Harbor marina after authorities said they were dropped off by a 22-foot boat.

--Richard Marosi

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