Correction: Drug Boat-Warning Shots story

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Posted: Jan 20, 2015 2:20 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a story Jan. 19 about U.S. authorities firing warning shots at a suspected drug boat, The Associated Press misidentified the government branch involved. It was a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter crew — not the Border Patrol.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Feds fire helicopter warning shots at suspected drug boat

US officials fire rare helicopter warning shots on suspected drug boat off California

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. federal authorities made the rare move of firing warning shots from a helicopter to stop a boat believed to be smuggling drugs off the San Diego coast.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office said in a statement Sunday that its air and marine crews were chasing down the small boat Saturday night after it was spotted by the Coast Guard.

Officials say the suspects were seen dumping what appeared to be bales of marijuana overboard.

When the boat refused to yield, several shots were fired across its bow by the mounted guns on the Blackhawk. The three suspects aboard immediately stopped and were taken into custody.

CBP officials say it's the first time they have used this tactic on the West Coast. They say strict protocols were followed to ensure public safety.