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Sheriff Gets Money to Fight Pangas


Thursday, April 4, 2013
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A $50,000 grant from the California Emergency Management Agency will beef up law enforcement efforts to curb panga boat activity in Santa Barbara County waters. The Sheriff’s Department will use the funds to help offset overtime expenses related to detecting and investigating panga boat operations.

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A good mid-wave infrared camera or binoculars should allow law enforcement to spot small boats at night.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2013 at 12:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Turn these captured Panga's into Smuggler Detection patrol boats, already equipped for long ranged cruising a few additions to their compliment would give the Sheriff's Department their own Naval Patrol group....

dou4now (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2013 at 6:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

50K is better than nothing, but it is a pittance. I'm not surprised, however that other coastal "stakeholders (such a buzzword)" haven't ponied up some donations to help combat the pollution caused by spilled fuel from theses invasive landings. Why aren't these people saying or doing anything about this phenomenon? The Coastal Commission, GOO, CA Leaugue of Conservation Voters, etc. haven't uttered a peep or given money to combat the shorline and island pollution from these smugglers. What, do they believe that when they camp in our forests or on our islands they actually clean up after themselves? Heck, I'll bet they haven't even bothered to buy an Adventure Pass...

azuresees (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2013 at 6:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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