Suspected Smuggling Boat Seized in Imperial Beach, 8 Arrested

A suspected smuggling boat was seized on the shores of Imperial Beach Thursday morning and several people allegedly linked to the vessel were arrested, officials said.

The small boat could be seen ashore near Imperial Beach and Coronado avenues at around 7:45 a.m.

Michael Scappechio, of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told NBC 7 that eight people were taken into custody after the boat was beached. The boat was believed to have been carrying undocumented immigrants.

No further details were immediately released.

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