Panga delivers at least $18 million of pot to Big Sur
June 15, 2015
A panga boat with approximately $18 million worth of marijuana popped up in Big Sur Friday, prompting Monterey County investigators to track down four suspects who were traveling in San Luis Obispo County. [Mercury News]
The Monterey County Sheriff’s narcotics team and gang task force responded to reports of a beached panga around 1:30 p.m. They found the boat sitting on the rocks a few feet from shoreline at the Mill Creek picnic area, which is located within the Los Padres National Forest.
Monterey sheriff’s personnel found more than 100 bales of marijuana inside the boat. They also found evidence that the smuggling suspects were still in the area.
Later, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies assisted by stopping a vehicle with four men inside that Monterey County investigators said were the suspects. All four of the men were arrested for possession of marijuana for sale.
Three of the suspects are residents of Yuma Arizona: They are Alejandro Acosta, 25; Jesus Garibay, 24; and Alexis Felix Garibay, 18. The fourth suspect, 27-year-old Gonzalo Ruiz Quezara, is a resident of Riverside.
Monterey County sheriff’s personnel seized the boat and marijuana. They booked the suspects in Monterey County Jail.