From the daily archives: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Coronado, Calif. — On Saturday evening, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested nine Mexican nationals after they illegally entered the country aboard a small, open-bow boat along the San Diego County coastline.

At about 6:20 p.m., agents on patrol spotted a suspicious boat traveling with no visible running lights and approaching the shoreline near Dog Beach in Coronado. Agents observed the vessel come ashore and all of its occupants quickly disembark.

Agents intercepted the group of seven males and two females and determined that they were all Mexican nationals who had entered the United States illegally. They were arrested and transported to a local Border Patrol station for processing and further investigation. Agents identified two of the arrested men as being responsible for this smuggling attempt. They are in federal custody pending prosecution for alien smuggling. The vessel was seized by the Border Patrol.

The U.S. Border Patrol is a member agency of the Maritime Unified Command. The Maritime Unified Command, comprised of the Coast Guard, CBP, ICE, and state and local law enforcement partners operating in the San Diego and Orange County maritime domain, utilizes the fusion of intelligence, planning, and operations to target the threat of transnational crime along the coastal border.


Oceanside, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Marine Interdiction Agents stopped a boat Saturday off the coast of Oceanside, Calif. with almost 100 packages of marijuana hidden onboard.

Marijuana found on boat

At about 2:30 p.m., CBP Marine Interdiction Agents on routine patrol stopped a 24-foot 1995 Wellcraft private fishing boat about 3 miles from Oceanside Harbor with two U.S. citizens on board.

Agents searched the boat and found a number of hidden compartments throughout the vessel with packages inside. Agents seized a total of 98 packages from the vessel, containing 453 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $272,000.

The agents from the Office of Air and Marine within CBP seized the boat, as well as the truck and trailer for hauling the boat.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents with the San Diego Maritime Task Force arrested both persons on board; they will face federal prosecution.

The interdiction and arrests were part of a coordinated effort by member agencies of the San Diego Maritime Unified Command. The San Diego Maritime Unified Command, comprised of CBP, ICE, the Coast Guard, and other law enforcement partners, is an all-threats multi-agency approach to maritime law enforcement operating in the San Diego and Orange County maritime region.


Steve Larson
Chris Furguson
Merry Christmas.
It’s time for the cities of the Imperial Valley to show off their Holiday cheer and most of them are going to be doing just that over the next few weeks.
Beginning this weekend you can attend parties, go to parades, buy goodies at gigantic sales and see Santa Claus all over the place.
El Centro will start things off with its annual Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 4th. It will begin at 10 a.m., proceed from Imperial Avenue down Main Street to 8th Street, turn south and end up at Bucklin Park .
At Bucklin Park you can take part in a show of Christmas gifts and food that will have you wanting more.
That’s good, because all the other cities in the Valley will be busy the following weekend too.
Calexico will host its annual Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 11th and will follow a different parade route for the first time.
The parade will go from the Chamber office at Birch Street and Highway 111 along Imperial Ave. to Fifth Street, then turn left along Fifth Street to Rockwood, then south to Second Street, then east to Heber Ave. and then north on Heber to Rockwood Plaza.
The reviewing stand will be located on Second Street between Rockwood and Heber Avenues. The big show is expected to start at 10 a.m. Over 100 entries from both sides of the border are expected to participate.
There will be food and gift stands set up in Rockwood Park following the parade.
Calexico will also light its City Christmas tree this evening at City Hall with a program that begins at 5 p.m.
Holtville will hosts its annual Christmas in the Park Dec. 16th, featuring prize drawings, the high school band and chorus and a visit from Santa Claus too.
The City of Imperial will hold several Christmas themed events this month to celebrate the season.
The annual nighttime Christmas Light Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 10, and will feature Christmas themed floats decorated with lights while traveling up Imperial Avenue.
“Christmas In a Small Town,” their annual street fair and festival, will begin on Saturday, December 11 at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.  The street festival will feature local vendors and music.
On Thursday, December 16th, the monthly Imperial Market Days will have their Christmas themed edition, with a similar nighttime atmosphere to the Christmas In A Small Town event.
Additionally, for the two weeks of winter vacation, the

On Thursday, December 16th, the monthly Imperial Market Days will have their Christmas themed edition, with a similar nighttime atmosphere to the Christmas In A Small Town event.
Additionally, for the two weeks of winter vacation, the Parks & Recreation Department will hold special children’s sessions, including gingerbread decoration.  More details to come in following weeks.
Brawley Christmas themed celebrations begin in earnest on Thursday, December 2, at 5:30 with the Brawley Public Library’s annual Angel’s Tea Party.
The event will feature a tamale dinner and presentations to those who have helped or promoted the library in the calendar year.  Attendees are also encouraged to purchase new and available books for the library.
The event takes place at the Brawley Public Library located on the South Plaza area.
On Sunday, December 5th, the Brawley Main Street Association and the Brawley Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual “Christmas on Main” celebration at the North Plaza Park from 4 pm until 7 pm.
This year’s event will feature a snowball field, performances from Ooh-La-La Dance & Studios and the BUHS Cheerleading squad and a fully decorated Christmas tree raffle.
Also, included is the appearance of a ever busy Santa Claus, where he hands out toys to waiting children while supplies last.
The Parks & Recreation department will have their turn from Saturday, December 11 through Monday, December 13 with their Trees of the community event at the Brawley Lions Center.
Over thirty theme decorated trees will be featured and raffled off this year, with each ticket going for $5.
There will be much holiday cheer with your local groups this Christmas!

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