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Two Mexican citizens are facing prison time after they were caught carrying over 3,650 pounds of marijuana via panga boat to Santa Barbara.

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Two Mexican citizens are facing prison time after they were caught carrying over 3,650 pounds of marijuana via panga boat to Santa Barbara.


Guilty Verdicts for Panga Boat Smugglers

Two Convicted of Trafficking Two Tons of Marijuana from Mexico to S.B.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Jose Guadalupe Zepeda-Ramirez
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Jose Guadalupe Zepeda-Ramirez

Miguel Rodriguez-Doranme
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Miguel Rodriguez-Doranme

Jose Guadalupe Zepeda-Ramirez, 24, of Mexico, was found guilty last week of two drug trafficking charges related to a panga boat discovered March 27 at Alegria Beach near Hollister Ranch. He and Mexican resident Miguel Rodriguez-Doranme, 39, had just transported nearly two tons — over 3,650 pounds — of marijuana on a six-day journey from Ensenada, Mexico to Santa Barbara County when they were detained by a ranch security guard.

In federal appeals court, both men pleaded guilty. Zepeda-Ramirez faces 10 years to life in federal prison; Rodriguez-Doranme, also convicted, faces up to 20 years in prison.

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