Articles Tagged With ‘Smuggling’

Illegal immigrants paid $15,000 for boat to Santa Barbara County

By KAREN VELIE A jury found two Mexican men guilty on Tuesday of drug and alien trafficking charges after law enforcement caught them on a panga boat containing 45 pounds of methamphetamine and 11 illegal immigrants from Mexico on a... (Continue reading)

Panga beaches on Gaviota coast

Authorities arrested two Riverside area men Monday after a panga boat beached in Santa Barbara County. Law enforcement personnel found the panga at San Onofre Beach within the Gaviota State Park. A resident first noticed the boat around 9 a.m.... (Continue reading)

SLO Sheriff releases full list of alleged cocaine traffickers

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office has released an expanded roster of an alleged cocaine trafficking ring that the district attorney’s office had already begun prosecuting. Last week, the DA’s office announced it had filed charges against seven men... (Continue reading)

Panga delivers at least $18 million of pot to Big Sur

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... (Continue reading)

Panga boat raises human smuggling concerns

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies are looking into possible human smuggling after a panga boat was found Sunday morning on the beach across from the San Simeon Campground, according to a press release. Deputies responded at about 7:15 a.m.... (Continue reading)

Feds seize 204 bales of marijuana from panga near San Simeon

Law enforcement officials seized 204 bales of marijuana, totaling 3,570 pounds, from a panga boat that beached north of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and San Simeon on Monday. [Tribune] A witness spotted the smugglers late Monday afternoon and alerted the San... (Continue reading)

Drug smuggling boat found in Cayucos

A California Highway Patrol airplane discovered an abandoned panga boat north of Cayucos on Saturday morning. San Luis Obispo Sheriff deputies responded and found evidence that the boat had been used to transport narcotics. Deputies also found 15 fuel containers... (Continue reading)

Montana de Oro panga defendants plead guilty

Fourteen defendants pleaded guilty to smuggling $1.3 million of marijuana in a panga boat found at Montana de Oro State Park in May. [KSBY] All of the defendants in the case, the majority of whom are Mexican nationals, entered guilty... (Continue reading)

Investigators seize $1.3 million of marijuana from Montana de Oro panga

Law enforcement investigators seized approximately $1.3 million of marijuana that arrived Wednesday morning at Montan de Oro State Park, where a panga boat beached. The marijuana confiscated totaled 53 bales and 1,909 pounds. On Wednesday, San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s... (Continue reading)

Panga landing at Montana de Oro leads to 14 arrests

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 14 people Wednesday in connection with a panga boat that beached at Montana de Oro State Park. Just after midnight Wednesday, deputies spotted suspicious vehicles traveling into Montan de Oro, where they dropped... (Continue reading)