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Illegal immigrants smuggled by boat to Carlsbad, by van to Anaheim 'drop house,' federal authorities say

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Four men are accused of running a large-scale illegal-immigrant smuggling ring that used panga-style boats to transport the immigrants, according to federal authorities.

Last week, the smugglers dropped off illegal immigrants at a beach in Carlsbad in San Diego County and took them by van to a drop house in Anaheim, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Investigators with a multi-agency task force raided the apartment Friday and found nine illegal immigrants from Mexico, their clothes still wet and caked with sand, officials said.

Mario Echeverria, 24, a U.S. citizen who lives in Tijuana, was charged with being one of the leaders of the ring. Also charged were Mexican residents Javier Gomez-Dominguez, 30, the alleged caretaker of the drop house; Jose Sevilla, 26, the suspected captain of the boat; and Fernando Medina-Gonzalez, 43, who officials say was the navigator.

After an initial appearance in federal court, the four men were ordered detained and are expected to be arraigned in three weeks, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

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Comments () | Archives (13)

Illegals make up 2-3% of the population, yet contribute only 1% to the economy. They cost uneducated 10% decrease in wages, 7% for middle management, and 5% to professionals on average. They cost CA taxpayers 20 billion dollars and 13.5 billion in education. WAKE UP! THEY HINDER--NOT HELP us.

I am indeed shocked that anything like this is going on in Anaheim.

When the laws of this land start holding employers accountable for hiring illegals, then and only then will this stop....I do not blame them for wanting to come here. I do however blame the the government for not enforcing our laws... Congress needs to get tow work before they find themselves out of a job this coming year...

Stop calling them immigrants, they are pilgrims... immigrants come from across that blue ocean surrounding this continent. Those people.. are the true invaders. Can't sugar coat that folks.. look up the word "Indigenous". If that word bothers you, please don't have any children.

What's the problem? This activity is sanctioned by our government.

Criminal by nature, their not responsible for what they do, its cultural

Thanks Janet

WOW, it never stops! when will we have a president that actualy does something about illegals entering the USA un-documented

...The illegals were all sent back to Mexico where they tried, tried again until they were able to successfuly cross the pourus border and never to be heard from again.

It's a joke. It's catch and release. No penalties.

The easiest, simplest, and cheapest fix for this a system like E verify. If they can't get work or free handouts, they will self deport or move on to Canada. Employers who hire them anyhow and pay no taxes on them, should face the maximum penalty the IRS can enforce.

Aside from that, I would be for a better, faster means of processing immigrants into this country. I would suspect around 98+% of Americans who are against 'illegal' immigration have no problems with 'legal' immigration.

It useless to comments on illegals as long as the state is a sanctuary state. Nothing will be done to protect California from illegals entering the state until
California become bancrupt and become a state where the majority residents are gardeners, car washers, burgers flippers and maidservants. They do not create income for the state except taking state revenues for taking care of them.

I live close by there....its ariel street,one block from the intersection of knott and orange. its short street and the houses are run down,look like TJ. The catch is it has alot of high end cars parked all over. My guess is that this street is run by the cartel

LA NOW SUCKS. AGAIN MY POST IS NOT SHOWN.

May your house be blessed with all the illegals that show up in our So Cal cities.


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