A late June United States Coast Guard (USCG) surveillance operation resulted this month in a federal grand jury indictment of two Mexicans for conspiring "to bring aliens" into Southern California on a panga boat.
USCG U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Haddock
Using advanced technology, USCG officers spotted an unidentified vessel traveling north off the coast of San Diego at 2 a.m. on June 22. About 100 minutes later, two agency cutters--the Haddock and Sea Lion--intercepted the boat without incident 16 nautical miles west of Dana Point.
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) investigation determined that two of the 11 foreign nationals on the boat--Artemio Guzman-Lopez and Fabian Reyes-Rosas--participated in the smuggling operation that originated in the Tijuana area and charged fellow Mexicans amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 per person to make the voyage.More »