SAN DIEGO — Border Patrol arrested 13 people they say used boats to enter the country illegally on Memorial Day.
The arrests came from two separate smuggling vessels that tried to enter the US along the beach in San Diego, Customs and Border Protection said on Twitter.
The first boat was caught after midnight Monday morning, when a US Coast Guard Cutter spotted four people in a 23-foot “pleasure craft” a few miles from Mission Bay. The four people, adult men from Mexico, were confronted by USCG and taken into custody by Border Patrol a short time later.
The second smuggling bust came around 3:30 a.m., when another Coast Guard patrol spotted a panga floating near the Imperial Beach pier with nine people on board. Border Patrol arrived to interview the passengers, who admitted to coming into the country illegally from Mexico, CBP said. All nine were adult men, and one passenger was charged with smuggling.
Since Oct. 1, Homeland Security and its partners have recorded more than 100 smuggling attempts along the coast, according to CBP.