facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

25 detained from smuggling boat in SoCal

Dec. 11, 2012 at 2:10 AM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Authorities Monday detained 25 people and were searching for 15 others who had been on a Mexican smuggling boat found in the waters off Palos Verdes, Calif.

The U.S. Coast Guard found the 40-foot, open-hulled boat off the Palos Verdes Peninsula and were searching for the undocumented immigrants and their smugglers, some of whom were waiting in two vans on a local road, NBC-TV, Los Angeles, reported.

"They swarmed the hill," Tom Redfield, a resident of the exclusive community of Portuguese Bend, told the TV station. "They caught the majority of them right here and then we kept finding them all over the place. There's so many places to hide."

In October and November, authorities in Southern California detected 44 instances of maritime smuggling, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said.

Earlier this year, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown wrote a letter to Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., expressing concern about the people and contraband that may be on such large, outboard-motor-powered boats known as "pangas."

"We have great concern that other items could be smuggled ... including deadly weapons and terrorists," Brown wrote.

Topics: Bill Brown
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Poland's Komorowski wants U.N to block Russian influence Poland's Komorowski wants U.N to block Russian influence
2
Scotland says 'No Thanks,' will remain part of the United Kingdom Scotland says 'No Thanks,' will remain part of the United Kingdom
3
Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's divorce will finally be finalized Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's divorce will finally be finalized
4
Eight people killed in mass shooting in Northern Florida Eight people killed in mass shooting in Northern Florida
5
Phoenix airport reopens after lockdown
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback