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Monday, September 26, 2022

DHS Partners Intercept 19 Illegal Entrants on Panga in the Pacific

U.S. Border Patrol agents working in coordination with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) law enforcement partners arrested 19 people who had entered the U.S. illegally by panga boat early Monday morning.

At approximately 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircraft spotted a panga-style vessel enter the U.S. territorial waters from Mexico with multiple people on board. AMO notified the U.S. Coast Guard. At around 3:45 a.m., Monday morning, the Coast Guard interdicted the panga approximately 15 miles west of Point Loma.

The Coast Guard contacted the U.S. Border Patrol and met at the San Diego Coast Guard dock.

A total of 19 people were intercepted; two were identified as suspected smugglers, the other 17 were passengers illegally present in the U.S. All 19 male illegal aliens were arrested and taken to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing. Agents determined that two of the passengers were Indian nationals. All others were Mexican nationals.

The suspected smugglers are in DHS custody and may face human smuggling charges. The vessel was seized by AMO.

Read more at CBP

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