Investigators seize $1.3 million of marijuana from Montana de Oro panga
May 31, 2013
The marijuana confiscated totaled 53 bales and 1,909 pounds.
On Wednesday, San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies arrested fourteen suspects, the majority of whom are Mexican nationals, for transporting marijuana for sale and possessing marijuana for sale and conspiracy. One 17-year-old juvenile suspect is also in custody.
Investigators found the 35-foot panga boat on a secluded beach at Montan de Oro shortly after noticing the suspects getting into vehicles and loading packages around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. In the early morning hours prior to the arrests, the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit help deputies surveil the suspects in the state park.
The Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the California Highway Patrol and state parks rangers are assisting the Sheriff’s Office in the case, but local prosecutors will prosecute the suspects.