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Dozens detained after smuggling boat interception in Rancho Palos Verdes

Panga Smuggling Attempt


Law enforcement officials detained 25 people they suspect were smuggled into the U.S.

Authorities have intercepted a suspected smuggling boat and arrested 25 people on a Los Angeles County beach.

U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Jerry Conlan says the panga boat was spotted just before dawn Monday and it came ashore at a Portuguese Bend beach near Rancho Palos Verdes.

Pangas are open hull fishing boats often used for smuggling drugs or people from Mexico.

Members of the group tried to hide, but 25 were captured by 8:30 a.m. It's unclear if any of those arrested are smugglers.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are among several law enforcement agencies searching the area for more people.

Earlier this month, a U.S. Coast Guard chief petty officer was killed when his small boat was rammed by a panga off Santa Cruz Island.

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