Ponto Used As Human Smuggling Drop Off Point
I wonder what the make it to getting caught ratio is with these human smuggling operations? The thought of 23 people (who probably don’t swim well) wading onto the beach at 2am is kinda sketchy…
As reported on www3.signonsandiego.com/stories
CARLSBAD — A search for immigrants believed to have disembarked from an abandoned boat early Wednesday morning led to the discovery of another boat and the arrests of 23 people.
Border Patrol agents and sheriff’s deputies were searching the area near Ponto Beach after discovering the suspected smuggling boat onshore about 2:30 a.m., said Coast Guard Petty Officer Henry Dunphy.
No one was found on land, but officials did find another boat at 4 a.m. about eight miles offshore and a little farther south, Dunphy said.
Twenty-three people aboard the panga were apprehended and turned over to the Border Patrol, Dunphy said.
Ponto beach was the drop-off point for another group of suspected illegal immigrants in August.
Twenty-three Mexican nationals were apprehended as they waded onshore after being dropped off, Border Patrol officials said.