A Border Patrol agent. Photo by Chris Stone

Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday its agents thwarted three harborside human smuggling attempts in the San Diego area last weekend involving as many as 42 people.

The first incident occurred at 2 p.m. on Sunday when a 25-foot boat was intercepted by Border Patrol agents near Pepper Tree Park Marina in National City. Agents interviewed 12 passengers on board and determined they were all Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States.

The second incident was barely three hours later when agents observed smugglers on a docked boat in Mission Bay. Approaching the boat, agents saw a large group of individuals rapidly exiting a 32-foot Sea Ray. As many as 28 people were seen running from the boat, and agents apprehended 11.

The third incident began at approximately 9 p.m., when two people were dropped at Imperial Beach by a smuggler on a jet ski.

All of the apprehended individuals were transported to a Border Patrol station for processing.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.