SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (KCOY) -- The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Officesays it located another panga boat used to smuggle drugs at ArroyoQuemada Beach.
Sheriff's patrol personnel, as well as sheriff'snarcotics investigators, found 2,000 pounds of marijuana on the 30-footboat early Sunday morning.
Detectives found evidence consistentwith marijuana smuggling activities, including trash and debris that wasstrewn about the beach and nearby trails.
Narcotics detectivessay they recovered 50 plastic-wrapped bales of marijuana, weighingapproximately 2,000 pounds, with an estimated street value of $4million. The bales of marijuana were found partially hidden withinbushes.
A Sheriff's K9 unit searched the area for suspects, but no one was found.
Theseized evidence will undergo further examination and processing. Theboat and its fuel containers were removed by Vessel Assist / HSI andwill be turned over to the federal government.
Congresswoman Lois Capps has been vocal in the effort to combat pangasmuggling on Central Coast California shores. She sent a statement saying, "asthese incidents illustrate, there is still more to do and that's why Iwill continue to push for more federal support and collaboration to helpkeep our shores safe."
Part of that effort that Capps touched on includes the Coast Guard collaborating with county law enforcement.