Abandoned Panga Boat Found on Arroyo Quemada Beach

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Abandoned Panga Boat Found on Arroyo Quemada Beach
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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
5:40 p.m., March 7, 2018

An abandoned panga boat was discovered by California State Parks personnel at approximately 10:45 a.m. today, March 7, 2018 on the shore at Arroyo Quemada Beach. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection responded to the scene.

The 28-foot drug smuggling boat equipped with two motors had numerous barrels of fuel on board containing approximately 170 gallons of fuel. Investigators searched the area and located evidence of clothing left behind but were not able to locate any suspects or drugs.

Homeland Security Investigations took possession of the drug smuggling boat and will conduct further investigation.


Reported by an edhat reader
11:31 a.m., March 7, 2018

According to scanner traffic just a few minutes ago, Sheriff's Deputies are responding to a possible panga boat seen near Refugio Beach. It's unknown if anyone nearby is connected to the boat or how long it has been there.

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Red Creek Mar 07, 2018 07:25 PM
Abandoned Panga Boat Found on Arroyo Quemada Beach

Would be interesting to know what drugs are being transported these days; it would appear from recent news report (ie: the Trade, an award winning documentary series now available on you tube) that transport of opium is the new normal. The east coast is in a crisis with 3 out of 5 drug deaths from opium related products. We hope that opium from Mexico is not going to infest this area (Marijuana is legal, so why bother with the panga transport?)The cartels are on to more lucrative and deadly merchandise for the burgeoning U.S. market. So very sad. As "the Trade" series concludes, treating drug use as a health care crisis of addiction is the only solution working so far in other western democracies (versus the current U.S. criminalization of addicts).

a-1520548320 Mar 08, 2018 02:32 PM
Abandoned Panga Boat Found on Arroyo Quemada Beach

FACTOTUM - despite your name, you seem to have an undying aversion to actual facts. Nothing here indicates drugs were involved (pangas are used to smuggle people too, you know) and furthermore, no one ever "told us" that legalizing cannabis would stop all drug trafficking. So, you're wrong, and then wrong again. You're 0-2.

Channelfog Mar 08, 2018 07:14 AM
Abandoned Panga Boat Found on Arroyo Quemada Beach

The rash of opiod deaths is a function of more than illegal heroin smuggling. Pharmaceutical opiods are a huge factor as is Fentanyl. The latter being an extremely dangerous and cheap opiod being brought in from China to cut the heroin with. It can be lethal in the minute quantities which are absorbed through the skin from touching contaminated surfaces, so it is easy to create lethal doses of heroin. It is a tragic epidemic.

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