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A panga boat turned up on Goleta Beach Friday morning with no sign of drugs or its inhabitants on board. After a rash of more than 20 panga boats hitting Santa Barbara County shores in 2012, this is the first panga discovered this year.

A county park employee found the 30-foot boat on the shore of Goleta Beach at 5:18 a.m., Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Kelly Hoover said in a press release.

On the boat were about a dozen life jackets and more than 15 containers of fuel, as well as small amounts of food and clothing. There was no evidence of drugs, Hoover said, and no arrests made. While initially investigated by the Sheriff’s Department, the case has been turned over to the Department of Homeland Security.

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Economic refugees?

at_large (anonymous profile)
January 18, 2013 at 8:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wooohooo!! Run!! Run!! You made it!!

Screw the government's stupid rules, if they didn't hurt anybody they haven't committed any real crimes.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
January 21, 2013 at 9:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm amazed at all the sophisticated technology available to the Coast Guard & other law enforcement agencies, that a crude, outboard motored craft can get all the way from Mexico this far into our supposedly secure country. Amazing!

A discovery like this must be major egg on the faces of all who attempt to shut these small boats & the smuggling down. Boo

Let's step it up, folks!

Barron (anonymous profile)
January 21, 2013 at 10:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ya, let's 'step it up' until every aspect of our life is under complete and total government surveillance. Then we'll all be "safe", just don't say anything bad about the state or you'll be just another one of the hundreds of millions of victims to be detained and killed by the hands of government, without a fair trial, just as Bush and Obama intend it to be.

They can't keep drugs out of prisons.. in fact drug use is rampant in prison and these people have zero rights and are locked in cages. Who is the moron out there who still believes that government has the ability to keep these types of substances out of the hands of so-called "free" Americans without ransacking our liberty and our privacy?

I mean, how far are you willing to go? Should we shoot drug addicts in the back of the head like the Chinese used to do? How many billions of people are you going to lock up in a cage for using one drug, while you go out and use the drug alcohol with your steak dinner?

loonpt (anonymous profile)
January 21, 2013 at 12:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It makes me want to buy a buncha Pangas and just set them adrift.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 21, 2013 at 3:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A symptom of a broken war on drugs and a broken immigration system, but we should just keep "enforcing the laws we already have."

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
January 21, 2013 at 7:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Loonpt- Correction the Chinese still do that, unless it is a big fish who pays his way out, just like they do here. On another note, there will be a new county jail in a few years and we will be able to lock up even more people, all we have to do is keep letting the politcians make laws that will get more people locked up. The only exception to this is sexual predators, who usually get a break in CA.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
January 21, 2013 at 7:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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