Dana Point Harbor Boat Captain Admits to Smuggling Aliens From Mexico
A 28-year-old Orange County citizen has pleaded guilty for attempting to smuggle six foreign nationals into the U.S. on a boat to Dana Point earlier this year.
Brian Bokkes admits that he was the "captain" of a 1987 Four Winns Pleasure Craft boat that brought the fee-paying, undocumented aliens from Mexico to Dana Point Harbor on Feb. 4, according to court records.
At the harbor, Immigration officials made a surprise inspection, boarded Bokkes' boat, found the cabin door locked, got the key from Bokkes and captured the group.
According to U.S. Department of Justice files, Bokkes--who is free on bail--faces a maximum federal prison sentence of 20 years and a $500,000 fine. But given his speedy admission of guilt to violating immigration laws he'll likely receive a substantially less severe punishment.
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney accepted Bokkes' guilty plea this week and set a sentencing hearing for July 23 inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.
Wonder if OC's rabid anti-illegal immigrant community--folks like Barbara Coe--will call for additional treason charges.
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