Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Suspected illegal immigrants found near boat in Huntington Beach

Border Patrol agents took 14 suspected illegal immigrants into custody Thursday morning after a boat they were smuggled in landed on Huntington Beach, authorities said.

Agents were called out to a "maritime smuggling event" around 5 a.m. Thursday, said Border Patrol Agent Jose Velasquez. The individuals were smuggled in a panga-style vessel with a Yamaha 200 horse-power engine, Velasquez said.

Border Patrol officials are still investigating the incident and are looking into which of the passengers was the smuggler.

The event is a "prime example of smugglers attempting to circumvent the success" the Border Patrol has achieved along the land border, Velasquez said, though he warns that the method is just as dangerous.

The vessels are often times packed and taken quite a few miles away from shore, Velasquez said. Safety equipment, if any, may be inadequate.


Inside the sheriff's department drug burrito smuggling scandal

Accused teacher investigated in 1994 for allegedly fondling girl

Gay marriage trial video will remain sealed, appeals court rules

-- Dalina Castellanos

Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: