Two People Enter US Illegally With Dive Scooters
Friday, February 4, 2011
San Diego County border patrol agents have nabbed two people who entered the U.S. illegally by using dive scooters.
Authorities say a Border Patrol airplane spotted a 38-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy walking Wednesday night on Imperial Beach, a few miles south of San Diego. They were wearing wetsuits and carrying dive scooters - self-propelled devices that pull divers underwater.
Border Patrol spokesman Michael Jimenez says the pair had no scuba gear and probably used the scooters to tow themselves about three-quarters of a mile through the water.
They were trying to conceal themselves in the sand when they were arrested. Jiminez says the men probably paid thousands to a smuggling cartel that supplied the gear.
He says both Mexican nationals have been returned to their country.
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