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Coast Guard interdicts lancha crew illegally fishing in U.S. waters

Posted: 5:23 PM, Sep 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-03 18:28:30-04

Coast Guard crews from Corpus Christi interdicted a Mexican lancha crew illegally fishing in waters off the Texas coast on Sunday.

According to the Coast Guard, four fishermen onboard the boat were detained and turned over to Border Patrol for processing.

Coast Guard also seized 113 red snapper and two sharks from the vessel.

A lancha is a fishing boat used by Mexican fishermen that is approximately 20 to 30 feet long, with a slender profile, typically has one outboard motor, and is capable of traveling at speeds exceeding 30 mph.

The Coast Guard says lanchas are frequently used to transport illegal drugs to the U.S. and fish illegally in the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone near the U.S./Mexico border in the Gulf of Mexico.