LA JOLLA, Calif. - Federal agents arrested four men suspected of entering the country illegally early Tuesday near Black's Beach, where human smugglers had dropped them off after ferrying them into the United States by sea aboard personal watercraft.
Border Patrol personnel spotted the group entering U.S. waters out of Mexico about 11:30 p.m. Monday, agency spokesman Gerardo Gutierrez said.
About two hours later, a federal Office of Air and Marine helicopter crew watched four men get off the two water scooters in the surf off the 2800 block of Torrey Pines Scenic Drive.
Border agents arrived a short time later and took the Mexican nationals into custody on the beach.
The smugglers fled to the south in the ocean aboard the watercraft and evaded capture, Gutierrez said.