Border Patrol go-fast boat team seeks help catching smugglers


Midnight Express Boats builds 39-foot, performance powerboats that are a favorite of the U.S. border patrol, which contends it is the fastest law enforcement boat in the world, with its 1,200 horsepower.

But for border patrol agents in Southern California, horsepower isn't enough and they are asking local residents to join the hunt for smugglers along the coast of Del Mar, which is just 36 miles north of Tijuana, Mexico.

"We are actively pursuing this and we are asking for the public's help because we can't be everywhere," agent Edward Cleary said during a Del Mar City Council meeting on Jan. 14.

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