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July 1, 2010
The Border Patrol's presence here is now a fact of life, and Lagunans have a right to be concerned. The Border Patrol is here for a good reason: Coyotes have been landing boats on Southern California beaches for about a year. Aliso Beach seems to be the favorite destination, despite its heavy surf, riptides and other dangerous conditions. The human smugglers now have to go farther afield to cross U.S. borders with their human cargo because of the diligent efforts of U.S. authorities to patrol and secure the southern border.
NEWS
July 5, 2011
Illegal immigrants were arrested at El Morro beach after a panga was spotted offshore early Saturday morning. Border Patrol agents arrested 14 Mexican nationals. They believe four fled in the vessel, which was not seized. They have no information on the other four. The boat was spotted off the coastline about 5 a.m., said Jerry Conlin, supervisor border patrol agent. "There was a search and they had to stop after a certain amount of time," he said. The search was a joint effort with Laguna Beach and Newport Beach Police departments.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
The U.S. Border Patrol arrested two Mexican nationals after discovering an overturned panga boat probably used to smuggle 10 people into the United States early June 16, authorities said. Life jackets and gas cans were found on the beach in Emerald Bay. No passengers were visible when the Coast Guard arrived at the scene, Lt. Ana Thorsson said. According to Laguna Beach police, lifeguards reported a couple of possible occupants from the boat walking around the rocks at Pirate Cove and north Crescent Bay Beach.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | June 24, 2010
Immigration rights activists are planning to be at the Laguna Beach Bus Depot today to hand out literature and "bear witness" in case Border Patrol agents conduct a rumored enforcement activity, part of a series of actions over the past several weeks in Laguna. Glenna Matthews, of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's Social Action Committee, said her group had been informed by a Laguna Beach police officer that the Border Patrol is planning a checkpoint at the north, south and eastern borders of the city Friday, and that agents would also target people getting off buses in Laguna Beach.
NEWS
May 9, 2003
Mike Swanson Laguna Beach police arrested a driver and took four of five passengers to the border patrol checkpoint after they fled their car, which had careened over the center divider at El Toro Road and caught fire after a short chase. Carlos Valenzuela-Cota, 22, reportedly scuffled with an officer on Monday morning at the San Clemente checkpoint, got back in his car carrying five illegal immigrants and sped north on the Golden State Freeway.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | July 1, 2010
Immigrant rights activists gathered in downtown Laguna Beach early today to denounce the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. About 20 people from various community groups and religious organizations in Laguna Beach and surrounding areas held signs and handed out Spanish-language materials June 25 at the Laguna Beach Bus Depot on Broadway. The early-morning protest was organized to counter a rumored Border Patrol sting targeting employees getting off buses to work in Laguna.
NEWS
July 3, 2013
More than two pounds of marijuana washed ashore at Irvine Cove Wednesday afternoon, Laguna Beach police said. The cannabis was loose and in clumps and settled at the north end of the beach between rocks, sand and the tide line, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. The city's Marine Safety officers reported the clumps washing ashore at 1 p.m., Kravetz said. The marijuana could have come from a smuggling boat that possibly lost its load or sank, and no other physical evidence such as life jackets or boat pieces were found, according to police.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2010
Border Patrol agent at Rotary The Laguna Beach Rotary Club will host Ivan Cole, senior patrol agent and community relations officer of the San Clemente Border Patrol Station, at noon April 9 at the Aliso Creek Inn. Cole will give a talk on the history and mission of the Border Patrol. Cole has been with the agency for seven years and also served in the Air Force as a security police explosive detector dog handler. He has also worked for Sam?s Town Hotel Casino Security and Father Flanagan?
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NEWS
July 3, 2013
More than two pounds of marijuana washed ashore at Irvine Cove Wednesday afternoon, Laguna Beach police said. The cannabis was loose and in clumps and settled at the north end of the beach between rocks, sand and the tide line, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. The city's Marine Safety officers reported the clumps washing ashore at 1 p.m., Kravetz said. The marijuana could have come from a smuggling boat that possibly lost its load or sank, and no other physical evidence such as life jackets or boat pieces were found, according to police.
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NEWS
July 5, 2011
Illegal immigrants were arrested at El Morro beach after a panga was spotted offshore early Saturday morning. Border Patrol agents arrested 14 Mexican nationals. They believe four fled in the vessel, which was not seized. They have no information on the other four. The boat was spotted off the coastline about 5 a.m., said Jerry Conlin, supervisor border patrol agent. "There was a search and they had to stop after a certain amount of time," he said. The search was a joint effort with Laguna Beach and Newport Beach Police departments.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
The U.S. Border Patrol arrested two Mexican nationals after discovering an overturned panga boat probably used to smuggle 10 people into the United States early June 16, authorities said. Life jackets and gas cans were found on the beach in Emerald Bay. No passengers were visible when the Coast Guard arrived at the scene, Lt. Ana Thorsson said. According to Laguna Beach police, lifeguards reported a couple of possible occupants from the boat walking around the rocks at Pirate Cove and north Crescent Bay Beach.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | July 1, 2010
Immigrant rights activists gathered in downtown Laguna Beach early today to denounce the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. About 20 people from various community groups and religious organizations in Laguna Beach and surrounding areas held signs and handed out Spanish-language materials June 25 at the Laguna Beach Bus Depot on Broadway. The early-morning protest was organized to counter a rumored Border Patrol sting targeting employees getting off buses to work in Laguna.
NEWS
July 1, 2010
The Border Patrol's presence here is now a fact of life, and Lagunans have a right to be concerned. The Border Patrol is here for a good reason: Coyotes have been landing boats on Southern California beaches for about a year. Aliso Beach seems to be the favorite destination, despite its heavy surf, riptides and other dangerous conditions. The human smugglers now have to go farther afield to cross U.S. borders with their human cargo because of the diligent efforts of U.S. authorities to patrol and secure the southern border.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | June 24, 2010
Immigration rights activists are planning to be at the Laguna Beach Bus Depot today to hand out literature and "bear witness" in case Border Patrol agents conduct a rumored enforcement activity, part of a series of actions over the past several weeks in Laguna. Glenna Matthews, of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's Social Action Committee, said her group had been informed by a Laguna Beach police officer that the Border Patrol is planning a checkpoint at the north, south and eastern borders of the city Friday, and that agents would also target people getting off buses in Laguna Beach.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2010
Border Patrol agent at Rotary The Laguna Beach Rotary Club will host Ivan Cole, senior patrol agent and community relations officer of the San Clemente Border Patrol Station, at noon April 9 at the Aliso Creek Inn. Cole will give a talk on the history and mission of the Border Patrol. Cole has been with the agency for seven years and also served in the Air Force as a security police explosive detector dog handler. He has also worked for Sam?s Town Hotel Casino Security and Father Flanagan?
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | December 31, 2009
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are investigating a small boat that capsized at Aliso Beach Laguna Beach early Wednesday morning apparently dropping off at least a dozen people in an apparent human smuggling operation, Lt. Jason Kravetz said. It is the second incident of suspected human smuggling off of South Laguna within the past two months, said ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice. In the Dec. 30 and an earlier Nov. 11 incident, small boats were abandoned at Aliso Beach.
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