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7 detained by border agents at Newport Harbor

May 20, 2010 | 11:09 am

U.S. Border Patrol agents and the Orange County Sheriff's harbor patrol have detained seven men in Newport Harbor on suspicion of being undocumented.

The four men were detained as they were getting off a docked boat in the harbor, said Daryl Reed, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Three other men also were detained during routine boat stops in the area.

None of the other vessels stopped were used for immigrant smuggling, Reed said, adding that border patrol agents handled most of the questioning, not deputies.

The pairing of the two agencies is part of Operation Stonegarden, a federal-grant program administered by the Federal Emergency Response Agency, a component of the Department of Homeland Security.

The federal program's goal is to enhance cooperation between federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to secure the Southwest border, officials said.

-- Ruben Vives