Panga boat beaches near San Simeon campground
September 11, 2013
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies and State Park Rangers discovered a beached panga boat with a package of marijuana near the San Simeon State Park Campground Tuesday morning.
The 30-foot panga boat had been abandoned with one 30-pound package of marijuana inside. Investigators believe that smugglers unloaded several thousand pounds of marijuana from the boat overnight Monday or early Tuesday morning.
Deputies and rangers found the boat around 8 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a report that it was beached near the campground.
Detectives estimate the street value of the marijuana recovered from the panga at $18,000.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the case along with the State Park Rangers and the U.S. Coast Guard.