Two Mexican Nationals Charged in Killing of U.S. Coast Guardsman

Los Angeles Times, December 3, 2012

Federal prosecutors charged two Mexican nationals in connection with killing U.S. Coast Guardsmen Terrell Horne III after they allegedly rammed his vessel with a drug-smuggling panga boat.

The two men, boat captain Jose Mejia-Leyva and Manuel Beltra-Higuera, are expected to appear in court Monday afternoon to face charges that they killed a federal officer.

Horne, 34, of Redondo Beach, was killed Sunday after suspected smugglers in a panga rammed his vessel off the Ventura County coast. He died of severe head trauma, officials said.

The Redondo Beach resident was second in command of the Halibut, an 87-foot patrol cutter based in Marina del Rey. {snip}

Early Sunday morning, the Halibut was dispatched to investigate a boat operating near Santa Cruz Island, the largest of California’s eight Channel Islands. {snip}


The Coast Guard cutter contains a smaller boat, a rigid-hull inflatable used routinely for search-and-rescue operations and missions that require a nimble approach. When Horne and his team approached in the inflatable, the suspect boat gunned its engine, maneuvered directly toward the Coast Guard inflatable, rammed it and fled.

The impact knocked Horne and another guardsman into the water. Both were quickly plucked from the sea. Horne had suffered a traumatic head injury. {snip}


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  • ed

    so jose and manuel killed terrell………

    sounds like a story

    • IstvanIN

      He was tall, handsome, blond…an all American American. Don’t make assumptions about names, some names are traditionally southern and not necessarily “black”.

      • Greg Thomas

        Yes Istavan, he was a noble White man, who’s life was worth more than the illegal invading scum bag mexicans who killed him. Yet another victim of a government, refusing to secure the border and halting the third world invasion being inflicted upon by mexico.

        • IstvanIN

          But according to our occupational government, he was “privileged”.

  • You Are Now Enriched

    They’ll be let go and given human rights awards for their time of suffering as political prisoners.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Yeah this is in the backyard of my old stomping grounds! You can get REALLY BIG surf on the backside of Santa Cruz island plus there are great whites out there. It’s a really cool spot. Oh well I’m sure the good “americans” of LA will see to it that these mexicans are sent home with a slap on the wrist. We wouldn’t want to give illegal alien drug smugglers a bad name now would we?

    • The__Bobster

      It looks like a great White was murdered by two bad browns.

  • NAVY

    Narcotics will continue to pour into California as long

    as Governor Brown and the Tijuana cartel have an understanding that the coke remains pure.

    Whatever happens from here is up to the Californians who love their drugs.

  • Nathanwartooth

    I could defeat the cartels with a wave of my magic wand.

    Just make drugs legal. Poof! All the cartels disappeared. It also has a nice side effect of making a bunch of Blacks angry that they can’t make a living selling dope on the corner.

    Well they would still be operating in Mexico, but who cares?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      The cartels are into too much other illegal stuff now for that to work.

      Did the Mafia magically go away after the repeal of Prohibition? No, it did not.

      Killing the coca farmers with airstrikes using napalm might help, but the real way to go would be mandatory weekly drug-testing for anyone on public assistance and lifetime denial of all welfare benefits to anyone who fails even one test.

      • WardKendall

        “… and lifetime denial of all welfare benefits to anyone who fails even one test.”

        After a while we would need a place to ‘warehouse’ these unemployed/unemployable people, not unlike how this hypothetical problem was solved in my novel The
        Towers of Eden.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          I suspect “warehousing” them as fertilizer and air pollution would work.

      • Nathanwartooth

        I like your name btw. I love that show.

        There are multiple problems with drugs being illegal, the least of which is letting thugs make tons of money while accumulating power. Even if you killed every drug dealer on the planet right now there are 10 waiting to take their place. You can’t kill the demand for drugs, it’s impossible.

        It also creates huge violations of our rights. Drug sniffing dogs used to gain entry into your home for no reason other than the dog “signaled”, infrared cameras to look into our houses and soon drones to be used to find drugs wherever they may be.

        When you make something illegal you are giving the government the power to enforce those laws. They create agencies to wage the “War on Drugs” with multi billion dollar budgets and crazy amounts of power. The agencies then look for any way to increase their budget which means arresting more people which means making up more ways to violate our rights to do it.

        Also drug tests don’t really do anything. They are hilariously easy to pass. Myself and many others I know can pass drug tests on a whim using a ton of different methods. Also I’m not really sure what people on public assistance have to do with drugs. Sure some of them might use but plenty of middle class people do as well.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          Actually, Michael Christopher Scott really is my own name.

      • GSJ

        This is an interesting idea you have there. I like it, but sadly, it would be deemed “racist” by all sorts of people, and it wouldn’t get passed. That’s the sad state the US is in.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    When Jose and Manuel go home in two years, I would imagine that they will be lauded as heroes, just before they try to sneak back into the US.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Since the victim was an on-duty federal law-enforcement officer, the case is automatically federal. It’ll be life unless the morons get very sharp lawyers who convince a jury that the collision was somehow an accident. Since the feds abolished parole in 1986, they won’t be going home.

  • i am

    These Mexicans, or whatever they are, will serve a few years then get citizenship and welfare. In the olden days, they would have gotten a beating and a bullet.