Van Investigated for Illegal Immigrant Smuggling

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    A panga discovered along San Diego's coast is connected to a van in a smuggling investigation  officials told NBC 7 San Diego.

    The boat was on the beach near Del Mar according to lifeguards. The boat's location is west of the area where officers arrested more than a dozen people earlier Monday.

    San Diego police spotted a van parked near southbound Interstate 5 and Carmel Valley Road around 4:30 a.m.

    Inside the van, investigators found more than a dozen passengers and one driver.

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    The occupants had wet shoes and pants as if they had just gotten out of a boat and loaded into the van officers said.

    Lifeguards have been told not to speak to the media about the abandoned boat on Del Mar's coast.

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    The case is being handed over to U.S. Border Patrol.
     

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