From the daily archives: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

$300,000 Sailboat, Jet Skis, and Panga Used by Smuggler

San Diego, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped three maritime smuggling attempts over the weekend in San Diego County. Agents arrested 26 illegal aliens, seized a panga, a 40-foot sailboat, and more than $63,000 in smuggling proceeds.

A panga style boat used by two smugglers in illegally transporting 11 Mexican nationals.
A panga style boat used by two smugglers in illegally transporting 11 Mexican nationals

On Sunday evening at approximately 6 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered two illegal aliens in a parking lot near Mission Bay. Agents questioned the two subjects who stated that they were smuggled into the country illegally as part of a larger group onboard what was later determined to be a $300,000, 40-foot sailboat. The subjects also stated that the remainder of the group was being held in a nearby hotel room. Agents gained access to the hotel room where five illegal aliens were discovered.

In addition, agents identified the name of the smuggler who rented both the sailboat and the hotel room. The smuggler was taken into custody and is being processed for 8 USC 1324 Alien Smuggling. A total of eight male Mexican nationals and a male Cuban national were arrested. The sailboat and $63,000 in smuggling proceeds were seized.

Two other maritime smuggling attempts were also intercepted over the weekend. The first occurred around 1:00 a.m., early Saturday morning near Imperial Beach, Calif. Agents responded to the coastline and arrested four male Mexican nationals who had been smuggled into the country illegally on two jet skis. The subjects were transported to a local Border Patrol station for processing and interviews.

Another apprehension occurred on Saturday, at about 4 a.m., when California National Guard stationed along the California coastal border spotted a panga style boat approach Torrey Pines State Beach. U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to the scene, where eleven male Mexican nationals were taken into custody. CBP Marine Interdiction agents also responded to the scene and stopped the panga boat from returning to sea. Two additional male Mexican nationals were found onboard and arrested. CBP’s Office of Air and Marine seized the vessel. All subjects arrested over the weekend were transported to a local U.S. Border Patrol station for processing.

CBP maintains a strong enforcement posture on the coastal borders to detect, apprehend, and deter smugglers of humans, drugs and other contraband. CBP is a participating law enforcement agency within the Maritime Unified Command, a collaborative law enforcement effort between local, state and federal agencies operating in the San Diego maritime domain. During Fiscal Year 2010, the Maritime Unified Command was responsible for the arrests of 867 foreign nationals from maritime smuggling attempts in the San Diego region. The San Diego Sector Border Patrol’s strategy is to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat targeted transnational threats operating within the San Diego Sector area of influence to affect increased operational control of the Border.


The American Red Cross and American Heart Association today announced changes to guidelines for administering first aid. Among the revisions are updated recommendations for the treatment of snake bites, anaphylaxis (shock), jellyfish stings and severe bleeding. The First Aid Guidelines are being published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Volunteer experts from more than 30 national and international organizations joined the Red Cross and the American Heart Association in reviewing 38 separate first aid questions. Experts analyzed the science behind them and worked to reach consensus on the treatment recommendations. Last revised in 2005, these recommendations form the recognized scientific basis for most first aid training around the world.

“It is vital that the first aid community come to consensus and speak in a clear voice on these life and death issues,” said David Markenson, M.D. first aid science advisor to the American Red Cross. “We are proud to help set the standard for first aid training around the globe.”

“Prompt and effective first aid can save lives and prevent many medical situations from worsening, so it’s important that everyone learn about the changes the American Heart Association and American Red Cross have made to the first aid guidelines,” said Jeff Ferguson, M.D., American Heart Association volunteer co-chair of the first aid guidelines writing group.

In looking at the treatment of jellyfish stings, the revised guidelines reaffirm the recommendation to use vinegar to treat the sting. The vinegar neutralizes the venom and may prevent it from spreading. After the vinegar deactivates the venom, immersing the area in hot water for about 20 minutes is effective for reducing pain. The treatment for snake bites has been amended slightly to recommend applying a pressure immobilization bandage to any venomous snake bite, with pressure being applied around the entire length of the bitten extremity.

Under the revised guidelines for treating anaphylaxis, if symptoms persist after a few minutes of giving the patient an epinephrine injection from a prescribed auto-injector and medical help is delayed, the first aid provider can give a second epinephrine injection from a prescribed auto-injector. The guidelines also recommend that the general public not routinely use hemostatic agents (substances used to help stop bleeding) to control bleeding because of significant variability in effectiveness and the potential for adverse effects. Tourniquets and hemostatic agents should be considered alternatives for professional rescuers when direct pressure is not possible or fails to control bleeding.

The expert panel also reaffirmed some key first aid recommendations, including use of aspirin when helping someone experiencing persistent chest pain or discomfort associated with a cardiac emergency. Bystanders should call 9-1-1 and activate the emergency medical services (EMS) system for anyone with chest discomfort. While waiting for EMS personnel to arrive, the person being treated may be advised to chew two low dose baby aspirin or one adult (non-enteric-coated) aspirin, if they are not allergic to aspirin or have had a stroke or recent bleeding.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

About the American Heart Association:
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

Sylvia Elia Preciado

Manager, Imperial Valley Service Center

American Red Cross

San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter

781 Broadway

El Centro, California  92243


By Chris Furguson

The game between the  Brawley Wildcats and the Imperial Tigers looked, on the surface, to be a close match up.

Both teams came into the game at the top of the preseason standings and both carried winning streaks with strong preseason performances.

Still, there are factors that lie below the surface.  Some of those factors led the Wildcats to a 28-12 victory over the Tigers at Shinosuke-Sampson Stadium last Friday.

The Wildcats took control of the game right off the bat as Imperial’s first possession was fumbled and recovered by Brawley’s Tyler Constable.  This led to a Brawley score a short time later after a 25-yard run from of Anthony Aguirre and a Francisco Jimenez extra point.

A Constable sack on Austin Ortega during Imperial’s next drive led to a short yardage punt and Brawley scored on the next play with a 22-yard run from #22 A.B. Oceguera.

A third of the way into the second quarter, Imperial, Quintin Likos scored on a 19-yard run, but kicker David Felix missed the extra point and the score was 14-6.

After a scoreless third quarter, Brawley scored on a 4-yard touchdown run from quarterback Donald Wharton, making the game 21-6.

Mistakes by the Brawley defense, however, helped Imperial standout Preston Blincoe score off a run.  Imperial’s attempt at a two-point conversion failed and the score was 21-12.

The final touchdown of the game was another Wharton run for the Wildcats, this time a 41-yard run as the Tigers ran out of energy.

Brawley (5-1) will now face the Palo Verde Yellowjackets in Blythe while Imperial (3-2-1) now travels to Calexico to face the Bulldogs.  Gametime for both games is 7 pm.


There are six candidates running for Calexico School Board and the only incumbent running for his fourth term in office is Board President Salvador Pacheco.

Pacheco defines himself as the most experience board member of the six candidates vying for the school board position. Pacheco said that his training at the Governor’s Program help him to obtain knowledge on how to be a better school board trustee. Pacheco has served four terms as board president. Pacheco also serves as board member of the IVROP and has been a member for the past eight years and also is a delegate for Imperial County and Riverside County. Pacheco was elected to the Board of the Latino School Board Association this year and he is the only one that represents Southern California. Pacheco said to be proud of this nomination to the State board since he will be voice for students in southern California.

Pacheco said that among his accomplishments as a member of the Calexico Unified School District Board is the construction of two new schools in Calexico, the award of many Bill Gates Millennium Scholarships to Calexico High School graduates, and having the Calexico Spanish  AP Class as the best in the nation.

“My goal for the next four years is to built a high school and work on a new swimming pool that we need for our community and senior citizens.” Pacheco said.

When asked about the State Budget and how will affect education this year, Pacheco said that some money will be restored into the education budget but said that the deficit the State will continue to have has forced legislators in Sacramento to suspended Proposition 98 that guarantee salaries for school districts on the A.D. Account.

This year, Pacheco said, the CUSD will have 4.3 million shortfall in reduction in funding. “I as a board member and the people that will come on board, we really need to look into it to see what we are doing for kids and what kind of reductions we will have.” He said. Pacheco said that cuts and the possibility of more furloughs could be implemented. The candidate said the budget committee is looking to see the different scenarios for this fiscal year but Pacheco said there could be reduction in classes, transportation, but said the budget cabinet is working to make the district solvent.

In regards to the situation of the waiver of the Imperial County Office of Education that would compensate the district for the lost school days after the earthquake, Pacheco said that the information has been sent to the County Superintendent and the district feels positive since the work done this time was better than before. Superintendent Ann Mallory requested more information from Dr. Christina Luna about the actions taken by the district after the 7.2 earthquake last April.

Also asked about the decision to keep the schools closed for a month in the post-earthquake days, Pacheco said that the State found a lot of damaged in the schools and more damaged was found later on by the district and that is why it took so long for the schools to open again.

Pacheco said that he brings an asset to the board because of his experience and skills that he has developed the last 12 years as a member of the board. “My accountability serving on four boards with different members of the imperial county and by working with other school board members around the valley allows me to take new ideas and bring them to Calexico to better the education for the kids. I have the knowledge, I have the experience and I work for the kids.” Pacheco said.

“By obtaining my experience people got to know me, I’m a fair individual. I’m not easy persuaded not by unions and I do the right thing for the children of our school district. I am the only candidate that will enable the new board members, work together in harmony for  the best of our students.”

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