The Ponto Boat People’s Dawn Arrest

by The Editors on July 17, 2009

Imagine spending the night at sea in a small boat, crusing up on shore at Carlsbadistan’s Ponto beach at 4:40 AM thinking you’re in the land of opportunity, and blamo, you’re spotted by a US Customs and Border Protection agent and arrested. That’s exactly what happened to 20 “Mexican nationals” this morning.

The group included 14 men, five women and one teenage boy. They were wearing life vests and got to shore about 4:40 a.m., officials said. Among those arrested was a person whom authorities believe was a guide who was going to assist the group once they reached land.

And the guys driving the boat and running the business to Ponto Landing? Oh, they got away no problem.

[Link: San Deigo Union-Tribune]

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