Panga boat discovered September 13 on Arroyo Quemada Beach


Panga boat discovered September 13 on Arroyo Quemada Beach

18 Arrests Made in Arroyo Quemada Panga Incident

Authorities Make Big Bust on Santa Barbara Coastline

Monday, September 16, 2013
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Eighteen people were arrested early Friday morning after they were caught allegedly smuggling more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana from a panga boat at Arroyo Quemada Beach. According to a statement released by Santa Barbara Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover, the California National Guard first spotted the group unloading bales of narcotics from the boat.

The suspects ran in different directions and hid in nearby bushes once a slew of officials responded to the scene, including those from the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and California Highway Patrol.

Marijuana discovered September 13 on Arroyo Quemada Beach
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Marijuana discovered September 13 on Arroyo Quemada Beach

Fourteen of the scattered suspects were arrested on the spot. HSI agents later stopped a truck in Camarillo believed to be associated with the incident. The vehicle’s occupants fled the truck on foot and escaped. Marijuana bales and other evidence was found in the truck that linked it to the smugglers. Later that morning, four additional suspects hiding near Arroyo Quemada beach were also arrested.

Few further details have been released as the investigation is still ongoing. Although the identities of the suspects have not yet been released, many were from the Los Angeles area and face federal prosecution.

In the past year, there have been ten panga events in Santa Barbara County — two of which involved human smuggling — totaling 15 apprehensions and 9,735 pounds of seized marijuana, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.


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Terrible news.

More innocent POWs and now all these departments have a reason to increase their budgets and steal more money from taxpayers for doing something we don't even want them to do.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
September 16, 2013 at 3:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Has anyone noticed these often make landfall in similar places? Why is that? What's at those places? Could that have to do with who was going to receive the shipment?

cycleboy (anonymous profile)
September 17, 2013 at 9:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Draws less attention than landing at East Beach.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
September 17, 2013 at 10:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why again is this importation industry profitable?

Support local agriculture.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
September 17, 2013 at 3:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm sure no one would blink twice if they landed at Pt.Mugu or Hueneme.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
September 17, 2013 at 4:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

EB, not what I meant.

There are X miles of coast between Bacara and Conception.

Yet the pangas come ashore more at only a few spots, one of which being AQ.

They have to offload large cargos. Doing so next to 101 with a big truck parked there in the middle of the night would be noticeable to motorists. Far easier to pull big truck into private road or driveway. How do they get access to that?

cycleboy (anonymous profile)
September 18, 2013 at 10:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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