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13 arrested in San Diego smuggling attempts

Border Patrol chase leads to Lake Morena crash
Posted at 12:11 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 15:11:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- More than a dozen men were arrested after Border Patrol says they tried to enter the US illegally by boat Monday morning.

According to Border patrol, the first incident began around 12:30 a.m. Monday when the US Coast Guard spotted a 23-foot-long vessel with four men onboard roughly six miles off the coast of Mission Bay.

All the men, who were determined to be Mexican nationals, were taken into custody for entering the US illegally.

Around 3:30 a.m. Monday, the Coast Guard found a small panga-style boat off the Imperial Beach pier with nine men onboard.

The nine people aboard the boat admitted to being Mexican nationals and were all taken into custody, according to the agency.