Save Our State  

Go Back   Save Our State > Communities and Quality of Life > Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment Crimes affecting our state and communities. Manhunts, wanted posters, Arrests, and sentences.

Immigration Pushed To The Forefront Again.... Thanks! To Everyone Who Has Propelled This Issue To Its' Rightful Position. Years Of Hard Work Are Paying Off.....Keep Up The Good Work!......
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-16-2011, 06:50 PM
Jeanfromfillmore's Avatar
Jeanfromfillmore Jeanfromfillmore is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 4,287
Default 9 charged with smuggling immigrants or drugs by boat

9 charged with smuggling immigrants or drugs by boat
Officials say the incidents, in which smugglers in rickety boats go up to 100 miles from the coast without basic safety or navigation equipment, show a 'chilling' disregard for safety.
Nine people have been charged in connection with three separate maritime smuggling incidents along the Southern California coast within the last month, federal authorities said Friday.

Among those charged in federal court were four people who were detained after their boat capsized Tuesday as it came ashore at Crystal Cove State Park, near Newport Beach in Orange County, authorities said. Authorities detained 14 people, all from Mexico, in that incident; another person escaped and remains at large.

Those arrested and charged Wednesday were Ezequial Mendez-Garcia, 37, the vessel's captain; David Moises Valderama-Acuna, 41, an assistant; and Trinidad Valderama-Acuna, 33, the navigator.

Israel Septimo-Rubio, 39, was charged with illegal entry after investigators determined that he was arrested less than two weeks earlier following his arrival in another smuggling boat, authorities said.

All four appeared in federal court in Santa Ana on Wednesday.

"Maritime smuggling poses a significant threat to public safety, and prosecutions like these make it clear that there are serious consequences for those who put themselves and others in harm's way," U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr. said in a prepared statement.

Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles, called such incidents "chilling."

"The smugglers are putting unsuspecting people into rickety, overloaded fishing boats and transporting them up to 100 miles out to sea in the dead of night, often without even basic safety or navigation equipment," Arnold said in a statement.

This week's incident came two days after 15 immigrants from Mexico were rescued from Santa Cruz Island, where they had been abandoned by a smuggler, authorities said.

One of the rescued, Fernando Ivan Torres-Quinonez, has been charged with human smuggling. According to the case affidavit, he was to receive $100 for each immigrant he helped smuggle into the U.S.

Meanwhile, federal authorities have charged four people suspected of smuggling about 500 pounds of marijuana after their pleasure boat was stopped by agents June 9 off the coast of Dana Point. All of the men are Mexican nationals.,6004154.story
Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2011, 12:36 PM
Rim05 Rim05 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: So CA
Posts: 1,222

As long as the US gives them a welcome and no kind of punishment, they will keep coming and in greater numbers.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:15 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright SaveOurState 2009 - 2016 All Rights Reserved