9 taken into custody in Newport Beach after suspected illegal entry into U.S.

Nine people were taken into U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s custody on Sunday, May 2, in Newport Beach after they were allegedly dropped off by a pleasure craft at the Newport Dunes Boat Ramp, officials said Monday.

They were apprehended around 5:30 p.m. on suspicion of attempting to enter the U.S. illegally, the Border Patrol said. The group of Mexican nationals consisted of seven men, one woman and an unaccompanied 13-year-old boy.

The same day, three people were killed and 27 were hospitalized in San Diego after a boat capsized in the Pacific Ocean that was suspected of human smuggling.

The Newport Beach incident is under investigation by the Los Angeles office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the incident.

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