9 people, $329K in drugs stopped from entering US off San Diego coast: CBP

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UPDATE: The original version of this story used a CBP San Diego tweet that implied the apprehensions all came from the same boat. CBP later clarified that four different smuggling boats were involved.

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped a smuggling boat carrying nine people and three other boats carrying $329,000 in drugs off the coast of San Diego last week, officials said.

CBP’s Air and Marine Operations intercepted the smugglers, whose boats were operating without lights more than 20 miles off the coast of San Diego, according to the federal law enforcement agency. On June 5 through 8, three boats were stopped with about $329,000 of drugs between them. On June 9, the boat trying to carry nine people into the US was apprehended.

CBP San Diego released video of one of the smuggling boats in a tweet, which was later removed for clarity.

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