SAN DIEGO — Fifteen people, including a man previously convicted of rape, were arrested by US Border Patrol (USBP) agents Saturday afternoon, January 16, according to a press release.
At approximately 2:45 p.m., USBP agents were notified by Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) that the US Coast Guard (USCG) intercepted a vessel illegally entering the US and requested assistance from USBP.
USCG personnel towed the pleasure craft style vessel to the Mission Bay Lifeguard Center, where USBP agents were waiting. Agents questioned the 15 people onboard — four women and 11 men — and determined all were Mexican nationals illegally present in the US. All 15 were arrested and transported to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing.
While conducting records checks for the 15 aliens, agents discovered that one of the men in the group had been convicted of rape in California and served three years in prison. Agents referred the 48-year-old Mexican national to the US Attorney's Office for prosecution for illegal re-entry after deportation. The remaining 14 Mexican nationals were returned to Mexico.
"I am grateful for the diligence of all involved parties," said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke. "Our communities are now safer thanks to their efforts."