16 arrests made in San Simeon smuggling incident
October 16, 2013
Sixteen people were arrested early Wednesday morning after they were caught allegedly smuggling marijuana from a panga boat beached near San Simeon. [KCOY]
U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents first spotted a large motor home headed westbound on Highway 46. The agents followed the motor home as it turned northbound on Highway 1, where it was joined by two cargo vans and a sedan.
The suspects then parked on the side of the road north of San Simeon and began loading the vehicles with large bales of marijuana.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies assisted in a pursuit on Highway 1. One of the southbound vans went over a cliff.
Officers discovered a large quantity of wrapped marijuana in the motor home and methamphetamine in the sedan. The investigation is ongoing.