Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

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Update by edhat staff

A panga boat and fifteen passengers were apprehended near Arroyo Quemada beach Monday morning.

Initial reports state sightings of the boat were seen off the coast near Carpinteria. The U.S. Coast Guard, State Parks officers, Sheriff's Deputies, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel responded to the call and searched the coastline between Goleta and Carpinteria, reports KEYT

The boat landed at Arroyo Quemada, north of Goleta, shortly before 9:00 a.m. Fifteen people were arrested in what's suspected to be a drug and human smuggling bust.


Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff’s deputies are providing aid to the 15 passengers of panga boat that landed on Arroyo Quemada beach shortly before 9am this morning.

We are coordinating with State & Federal agencies to determine jurisdiction and will update this thread with info when it is available.


Reported by CDeem

Reporting at least 5 unmarked cars with police lights and sirens got on 101 northbound at turnpike.  Couple Ford fusions, nissian maxima and a Mitsubishi suv.  Seemed very odd to me and wanted to report it incase there’s any info on the scanner.
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Byzantium Sep 27, 2021 06:29 PM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

Why would they burn the load of contraband they already had placed in the truck in the panga landing that was not observed? Truck is big; panga is small. Takes many boatloads to fill a truck. Just speculating.

sacjon Sep 28, 2021 09:40 AM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

DOULIE - funny how you and others call immigrants from the south "leaches" and such, but I've never seen a bunch of white citizens begging for work as day laborers or taking initiative and starting their own gardening company with just a tiny beat up truck and some tools, or out in the fields picking fruit and veg for us to eat, or just in general doing anything they can to work hard and make some money. No, I see those guys at rallies and online whining and moaning about how "immugrints took muh jobs!"

Point is, these people are hardly "leaches," they're hardworking and here to make money and work for it. If you're scared of them, you should probably show some initiative and work a little harder.

Byzantium Sep 28, 2021 09:46 AM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

When we need truck drivers and we can't find them from the US unemployed and the US under-educated, then we offer special visa. Good blue collar jobs provide adequate income and life satisfaction for US workers.

Byzantium Sep 28, 2021 09:50 AM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

Our US social safety net is too generous, which why too many remain unemployed leaving well-paying job openings for others to scoop up. Farm labor now pays over $20 an hour, but best of all increased mechanization has been the response to any farm labor shortages; not more open borders. Open borders, sanctuary cities, free K-12 chain migration and automatic US citizen for those born after arrival have undermined any reasonable immigration policy implementation. You do not just get the "hard worker" - you get all their kids and relatives too. That is the crazy part of today's out of control immigration policy.

a-1632769915 Sep 27, 2021 12:11 PM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

Oof, this thread is becoming ugly and hateful, fast. It is gross how many people think they are better and more deserving of the life and location they just happened to be born into. Have y'all done any research into these panga drug runs? Quite often, these folks are blackmailed and strong armed into committing these crimes, with credible threats against their families. We are talking getting kidnapped by the cartels, and told "you do this, or we torture and kill your family." And as far as border crossing, it is frustrating, but I find it near impossible to judge someone born into extreme poverty with no education for attempting to "illegally" secure a better life. Too many of us priveleged folks are too quick to judge without considering the suffering behind these choices.

Byzantium Sep 27, 2021 06:26 PM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

George Washington and the early American patriots did not like what was happening in their country either. They organized and fought back. We can't fix other people's countries. They can. And they should. Too easy to come here and meet up with the relatives that have been sending them US dollars which naturally make the cartels want a piece of that action. I wish people bad habits here did not support the drug cartels. But few seem interested in stopping this traffic at the end customer which is here in the US.

Byzantium Sep 27, 2021 06:28 PM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

People who want secure borders are not judgmental or racist. Stop labeling to win your arguments. Secure borders are fundamental. They are neutral. No sob stories subvert the need for secure borders. Lawful immigration in due course is the only way. Breaking the law works for no one. Don't even pretend it does.

FondofSB Sep 27, 2021 07:41 PM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

@ 9915 courageously hiding behind "anonymous" :
Let's defend drug smugglers !!! They "defend" their families (you claim with NO proof of it) , and how many people do they KILL with their drug smuggling ? But that does NOT matter to you.
Let's defund the police so that they no longer interfere with those "courageous" drug smugglers !
Let's not put any criminals in jail anymore (you're sure they've had "problems" in their lives, Right ?) Who does not have had problems in their lives ? : So let's all become criminals !
What a wonderful society you have in mind !

doulie Sep 27, 2021 07:55 PM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

9915 - The truth is sometimes "ugly." I certainly don't think I'm better than anyone else but I do believe I deserve anything America has to offer before any illegal migrant. I have little regard for illegals using panga boats or any other source of transportation to bring themselves or illegal drugs into the USA. So, what? Because these illegals are maybe being blackmailed, families at risk of being murdered and on and on. Should I overlook the drugs they bring to mess up the lives and possibly cause the death of Americans and others? I have no problem judging a person attempting to cross our borders illegally. Remember, it's illegal. Where do you draw the line? What do you say to the immigrant that took the time to obtain proper documents to enter/remain in the US? I'm not worried about whatever "suffering" these people may have experienced wherever they are from. There's absolutely nothing I can do about it. I'm worried about the suffering they may cause Americans once they illegally enter the US. Seems like some of you "privileged folks" have more concern for illegals than Americans.

JB86 Sep 27, 2021 10:31 PM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

You miss the whole point; the pangas are about drugs, the illegals are just a minor profit benefit to the cartels. Ask yourself; why risk the panga thing to smuggle MJ when it is legal in CA? Part of the answer is the inept legalization process that makes legal dope more expensive than illegal. More likely it is the heroin and cocaine and fentanyl, profitable stuff that kills lots of people. Harsh law enforcement is entirely warranted.

JB86 Sep 27, 2021 10:15 PM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

Weird to me that anyone would sympathize with or condone these panga operators who bring death to America. Have you not heard of fentanyl? You know, the stuff that killed Michael Jackson and thousands of others? The migrants aboard are a sideshow, a way for the Cartels to make a few more bucks. It is mainly about drugs and the people doing this deserve no quarter.

a-1632817577 Sep 28, 2021 01:26 AM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

Michael Jackson demanded/was given propofol, which is not an opioid. I very much doubt he ever used a street drug in his life! Or were you thinking of Prince? I'd bet on his drugs being professionally manufactured too.

sacjon Sep 28, 2021 10:05 AM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

JAMES B - "occupier?" How do you mean? Are you seriously still suggesting the election was rigged? Even Trump knew it wasn't only days after election night. Come on now. --- https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/573227-trump-campaign-knew-soon-after-election-that-voting-machine-tampering-claims

Alexblue Sep 28, 2021 10:19 AM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

Sac, it's a widespread psychosis. There are millions who will believe whatever instance conspiracy theory they are fed because it allows them to maintain their victim status rather than taking charge of bettering their lives and community. So much easier to watch television or scroll Facebook than get out and put hours of real work into helping real people. Sad and pathetic.

PitMix Sep 30, 2021 09:14 AM
Panga Boat and Passengers Apprehended North of Goleta

The mainstream media does a poor job of explaining the issue. In 1980 Congress passed a law that any migrant presenting themselves at the border can claim refugee status, consistent with international treaties, and be evaluated for protection in the US. And the current legal system takes years to do the evaluation.
So every president is bound by this law to have an open border policy. To the extent that they are closing the borders, they are violating our national law and could be prosecuted.
Only way to stop this is to get Congress to change the law.

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