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20 People On Boat In Channel Islands Arrested For Illegal Entry Into U.S.

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 5:32pm

Coast Guard officials say a tip called into Santa Barbara Police led to the arrest of 20 people on a boat in the Channel Islands, who were trying to get into the United States illegally from Mexico.

The tip came in just before 5 p.m. yesterday (2/23), and the Coast Guard deployed a helicopter, and boat.

They intercepted the ponga boat about three nautical miles off of Santa Rosa Island, at around 8 p.m.

Coast Guard officials say the boat was dangerously overloaded at the time.

They turned the 20 people over to customs, and immigration officials for processing, and deportation back to Mexico.

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