Panga boat discovered on Tajiguas Beach


Panga boat discovered on Tajiguas Beach

Motorist Spots Panga on Tajiguas Beach

Authorities Find Evidence of Drug Smuggling

Monday, August 5, 2013
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The fourth panga boat to be discovered near Refugio State Beach in recent months was spotted at around 6:40 a.m. Monday by a motorist on nearby Highway 101. Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies and detectives accompanied by personnel with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), California State Parks, and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to find a 30-foot panga abandoned on Tajiguas Beach.

No suspects were located and no narcotics were seized, but authorities found evidence of drug trafficking at the scene, said Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kelly Hoover. The panga was removed and transported to Long Beach where it was booked as evidence. No additional details on the investigation have been released.

“The Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Bureau is working with HSI to investigate the increase of ‘Panga’ boat activity in our area,” said Hoover in a prepared statement. The last panga found in the area was on June 17, she noted.

“The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to be aware of the ever-growing problem and to please contact law enforcement to report suspicious boats in the ocean off Santa Barbara County or suspicious activity on Highway 101 where there is coastal/beach access,” Hoover said.


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Since spirityanker has been yanked from the Indy he's prolly in cahoots with the smugglers due to his constant tin foil hat theories of the Sheriff's Dept. propaganda media blitz pretending to send these boats out just for grants. He is prolly getting some good taxpayer monies about now. Spirityanker is also loved on edhat so much he got yanked from them as well........

Priceless (anonymous profile)
August 5, 2013 at 7:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Brahahaha, I'm gonna miss Dreamweaver.

Vraiment (anonymous profile)
August 5, 2013 at 7:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The pangas are so regular now I'm sure there is a delivery schedule somewhere online.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
August 5, 2013 at 8:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

yeah, it's under panga.ganja/, check "nightly shipments"

DrDan (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 6:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What! Spiritwalker got yanked? I've been out of the Country without access to the internet, so I must have missed the drama. Gee Independent, you're no fun anymore.

Eckermann (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 7:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I still miss Hank. And he wasn't even nuts like ole spirit...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 3:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Indy should run a poll to vote one banned blogger back onto the island.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 5:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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