$4 million in marijuana found on Central Coast beach
May 2, 2013
Employees at the Cojo Ranch, near the Point Conception Lighthouse discovered the Panga boat near the secluded cove and called law enforcement. Deputies arrived to find the 30-foot Panga boat and nearby marijuana, estimated to be worth approximately $4 million dollars.
On Monday, deputies arrested Jesus Garcia-Guzman, 19, from Mexico, on burglary charges for allegedly entering Hollister Ranch structures. Further investigation linked him to the marijuana discovered on Thursday.
Deputies re-booked Garcia-Guzman into the Santa Barbara County Jail on drug trafficking charges. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
Sheriff’s detectives are working with Homeland Security on the smuggling investigation.