Coast Guard Busts Panga in Channel Islands
updated: Jan 22, 2014, 9:40 AM
Source: US Coast Guard
Law enforcement officials intercepted a 35-foot panga vessel carrying 122 bales of marijuana in the early
morning hours of January 18, 2014.
While on a routine patrol, the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Steadfast spotted the panga south west of San
Nicolas Island heading north.
The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Steadfast, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter home ported in
Astoria, Oregon, deployed a law enforcement team to investigate and a pursuit commenced.
While the Steadfast law enforcement team pursued the vessel, other law enforcement agencies combined
sea and air resources to ensure the vessel didn't get away. The panga was safely stopped south-west of
Santa Rosa Island at about 3:50 a.m.
When law enforcement team members boarded the panga manned by two people, they discovered 122
bales of marijuana aboard. The contraband was then confiscated and the crew detained.
The continued relationship between the Coast Guard, CBP, HSI and local law enforcement is the key to
successfully securing our borders. The coordinated takedown that transpired in the early morning hours of
18 Jan is again another example of that strong collaboration...putting the right resources in the right
position at the right time to protect our homeland.
Bales of marijuana seized from a panaga boat by the U.S. Coast Guard lie stacked and held as evidence in Los Angeles. The U.S. Coast Guard spotted the
suspicious vessel southwest of San Nicolas Island then intercepted the boat and 122 bales of marijuana Jan. 18, 2014.
A panga boat seized by the U.S. Coast Guard lies alongside the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen off the coast of Southern California. The panga and 122 bales of
marijuana were seized Jan. 18, 2014, after the suspicious vessel was spotted southwest of San Nicholas Island.
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