Drug smuggling boat found in Cayucos
October 6, 2013
A California Highway Patrol airplane discovered an abandoned panga boat north of Cayucos on Saturday morning.
San Luis Obispo Sheriff deputies responded and found evidence that the boat had been used to transport narcotics. Deputies also found 15 fuel containers aboard the boat.
Incidents of drug dealers bringing marijuana into the United States from Mexico have increased steadily over the past few years. In 2012, California officials recorded 210 maritime smuggling incidents. Four years prior, officials recorded only 45 maritime smuggling events in the state.
In the past 18 months, deputies have discovered eight panga boats in San Luis Obispo County. In December 2012, a panga boat rammed into a Coast Guard boat killing an officer off the coast of Santa Barbara.