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15 arrested in Mission Bay smuggling incident

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Posted at 1:59 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 16:59:15-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Border agents arrested 15 people over Presidents’ Day weekend during a smuggling event in Mission Bay.

U.S. Border Patrol agents caught the smuggling incident in action on Saturday at about 2 p.m. at a Ski Beach launch ramp. As agents got closer, they say they noticed a large group of people quickly exiting the boat and heading for three vehicles.

Agents stopped the individuals from getting away and questioned all 15 people involved in the incident.

Agents say six people in the group were suspected of human smuggling and arrested. Five of them are U.S. citizens, including four men ranging from 20 to 30 years old and one 25-year-old woman, according to border officials.

The nine other people arrested were male Mexican nationals ranging from 27 to 41 years old who admitted to being illegally present.

U.S. Border Patrol seized the boat and three vehicles at the scene.