Border Patrol on High Speed Boats Ask for Public Help in Stopping Smugglers

by FOX News Latino  |  published on January 28, 2013

The “Midnight Express” can’t do it all.

The aforementioned 39-foot-high speed boats are a favorite of the U.S. border patrol, which they contend is the fastest law enforcement boat in the world, with its 1,200 horsepower.

But for border patrol agents in Southern California, horsepower isn’t enough and they are asking local residents to join the hunt for smugglers along the coast of Del Mar, which is just 36 miles north of Tijuana, Mexico.

“We are actively pursuing this and we are asking for the public’s help because we can’t be everywhere,” agent Edward Cleary said during a Del Mar City Council meeting on Jan. 14, according to The Coast News.

The border patrol is asking residents to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity that could hint to drug smuggling or human smuggling, like “a whole bunch of people running through your neighborhood at 2 or 3 in the morning into a van.”

He described well-planned out plots in which smugglers use panga boats, or fishing boats, to drop off their drugs or in some cases, people. Spotters drive around the coast looking for areas without police enforcement and using radios communicate with the pangas about where to land.

“Everyone jumps out and runs to a van or pickup truck,” he said to the newspaper. “Normally, they are close to a major road with freeway access.

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