Fourteen foreign nationals, mostly Asian, made it about 80 nautical miles from Mexico into the U.S. on Jan. 28 before landing their boat on an Orange County beach inside the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, running across Pacific Coast Highway and attempting to hide near Huntington Harbor.
After the military base’s security witnessed the breach and notified the Huntington Beach Police Department and its counterpart in Seal Beach, officers found and arrested 11 Asian males, an Asian female and two Latinos—none of whom had government permission to enter this country.
Local officials turned the immigrants over to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, who transported them to the San Clemente Border Patrol Station for processing.
Inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, a federal agent with the California Border Enforcement Security Task Force (“LA-BEST”) filed paperwork against three of the people apprehended: Julio Cesar Murillo-Arce (conspiring to bring “illegal aliens” to the U.S.; Jinglong Lin (illegal re-entry in the U.S. after having been deported in the past); and Diego Heriberto Hernandez-Ramirez (who is facing the same charge as Lin).
In an interview with federal officials, Murillo admitted he was supposed to be paid $5,000 to pilot the boat and was provided a handheld GPS device to help navigate, but he claimed he couldn’t identify his employer.
Lin, who speaks Mandarin, hoped to be released pending the outcome of the case, but a magistrate judge this week denied bail.
CNN-featured investigative reporter R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; earned six dozen other reporting awards; and been hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing entrenched Southern California law enforcement corruption.