Boat loaded with marijuana found near San Simeon
May 25, 2012
Sheriff narcotics investigators arrived to find the abandoned panga boat outfitted with two high-power outboard motors beached on a remote stretch of coastline. Panga boats are modest-sized, open, fast moving fishing boats common throughout Central America.
Deputies removed 18 to 22 packaged bales of marijuana, each believed to weigh about 100 pounds, using all terrain vehicles. Fuel from the vessel was air lifted out of the area.
Numerous footprints provided sheriff investigators evidence that the boats occupant or occupants left on foot.
Piedras Blancas, also home to an elephant seal rookery, was under gale warnings yesterday with wind gusts of up to 44 mph. Investigators have not yet determined if weather conditions or engine trouble led the occupants of the vessel to abandon it.