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San Diego police crack down on 'wildcatters' selling rides to Los Angeles

April 20, 2011 |  4:20 pm

The San Diego Police Department has begun a crackdown on "wildcatters," people or businesses that sell rides to Los Angeles to people at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings without the appropriate transportation permits.

Reacting to complaints from business owners and residents in the San Ysidro area, San Diego police arrested six wildcatters, impounded three vehicles and seized more than $900 in cash as evidence, police said Wednesday.

The crackdown will continue "at all hours of the day and night," police said. Wildcatters face a fine of at least $350 and possible jail time.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego