Panga Boat Intercepted Along Gaviota Coast

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, at approximately 3:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office Cannabis Compliance Team Detectives, Narcotics Detectives, K9 Units and County Air Support Unit along with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and California State Parks responded to the area of Gaviota Beach and Hollister Ranch to investigate information provided by the United States Coast Guard that a possible panga boat was heading that way.

The law enforcement team contacted numerous suspected transnational smugglers, who were in the process of unloading a 50-foot panga boat that had been beached about a half-mile north of Gaviota, near Hollister Ranch.

As a result of the contact there have been 20 arrests made, numerous plastic burlap style bags containing approximately 5,300 pounds of dried marijuana recovered as well as over 40 gallons of marijuana crude oil seized. The panga boat and all arrestees were released to agents from the Department of Homeland Security and transported to a federal detention facility.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office participates in the Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Stonegarden Program, which helps to offset costs incurred by the Sheriff’s Office while protecting our local communities from the impacts of transnational smuggling occurring along the Santa Barbara County coastline.

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Dontchaknow Mar 12, 2020 03:17 PM
Panga Boat Intercepted Along Gaviota Coast

Interesting, where are all those people that claimed the cartel panga's would disappear after legalization?
Probably the same folks that think building a wall will stop people and drugs coming in.

SantaBarbaraObserver Mar 12, 2020 04:18 PM
Panga Boat Intercepted Along Gaviota Coast

How do you know where this stuff was headed? It could be on its way to Utah or ID or another Far-Right Utopia of freedom and freeze peach.

Concerned4Calif Mar 13, 2020 08:09 AM
Panga Boat Intercepted Along Gaviota Coast

Two Sheriff departments, CHP, State Parks, and Homeland Security involved. Five law enforcement agencies not counting the Coast Guard. No wonder government is so expensive. In the end, they are all handed over to Homeland Security so that sound more like deportation not prosecution.

Dontchaknow Mar 13, 2020 04:01 PM
Panga Boat Intercepted Along Gaviota Coast

Why would the cartels stop when it's legal? They can undercut legal taxed sellers by a hefty margin and still make out like banditos They have a system to import and a network of sellers in place, seriously why would they stop?

bigone Mar 13, 2020 02:03 PM
Panga Boat Intercepted Along Gaviota Coast

Oh, gosh. I sure hope we don't lock up all these poor refugees only here seeking asylum from their civil-rights violating, dictator-ruled, and otherwise oppressive countries into those horrible cages and then be subjected ghastly ICE abuse. Please, set them free so they can become productive, economic-contributing, well-educated members of our society from down south of the border.

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