14 alleged drug smugglers arrested
September 6, 2012
Following the tip, a California Highway Patrol officer flying over the coastline in a helicopter spotted the panga boat loaded with large bales of marijuana near San Carpoforo Creek Road.
A witness told officers that people were carrying parcels from the beach to a motor home. The suspects then left in the motor home, a black sedan and a white truck.
Deputies stopped two of the suspect vehicles, one near Highway 1 in Cayucos and the other in San Simeon.
Panga boats are modest-sized, open, fast-moving fishing boats common throughout Central America.