Panga Boat Landing and Arrests
updated: Dec 12, 2012, 11:54 AM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department
Gaviota Coast-At a little past midnight (00:15), the Santa Barbara County Emergency
Communications Center was contacted by the United States Coast Guard and advised that they
were tracking a Panga Boat between San Nicholas Island and the Santa Barbara coastline and
it appeared that the boat was headed to the area between El Capitan State Beach and Gaviota
State Beach. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Personnel from all our Stations including
the three Sheriff's Office Patrol Canines along with personnel from the California Highway
Patrol, U.C.S.B. Police Department and State Parks responded and assisted personnel from
the United States Coast Guard, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE)
Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) and United States Customs and Border Protection -
As several units reached the area of Hollister Ranch Road, a search of the coastline was
conducted with the assistance of a Coast Guard helicopter that utilized lights to illuminate
the coastline. Soon thereafter, at approximately 2:00 A.M. a total of eight (8) subjects were
taken into custody after being found hiding in the brush. Five of the arrestees gave Southern
California addresses and three advised that they were from Mexico.
As law enforcement personnel were checking the beach for additional suspects, the now
unoccupied beached Panga Boat was located containing a large amount of packaged marijuana
weighing approximately 3,000 pounds. All of the detained subjects, narcotics and evidence as
well as any further investigation were turned over to HIS Special Agents.
This morning shortly before 8:00 A.M. (07:55) one of the Sheriff's Office Helicopters while
conducting a search of the area for additional evidence and suspects located three additional
suspects walking on the beach. The Helicopter landed and Sheriff's Deputies took three
additional suspects into custody and held them until Sheriff's Patrol Deputies responded
and transported them to a holding facility where they were released to Homeland Security
Additional information may be released by Virginia Kice, Western Regional Communications
Director/Spokesperson, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), (949) 360-3096.
|| Breaking news this Wednesday morning, numerous law enforcement agencies are looking for suspects
after a panga boat was found off our coast.
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