Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Six men smuggled by boat to be deported (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Six men smuggled by boat to be deported

Written by Angelica Martinez and Mark Arner
12:23 p.m. September 30, 2008

CORONADO – Six men rounded up on the north end of Silver Strand State Beach are facing deportation Tuesday after they came ashore on a boat, according to the Border Patrol.

On Monday morning, the group hopped out of an 18-foot motor boat that had just landed on the sand, according to officials.

Rangers who patrol the state beach called police about 10:20 a.m., according to Coronado police. Upon beaching the Starcraft boat with an outboard motor, the men hopped out and ran toward nearby state Route 75.

Coronado officers helped detain several of the men and all were turned over to the Border Patrol, police said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seized the boat and detectives determined it was used to smuggle people, not drugs. A member of the group, a 37-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of human smuggling, said Border patrol spokesman Daryl Reed.

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