Don Bauder 7:30 a.m., Dec. 13
Panga boat carrying $4 million in marijuana nabbed on California coast, first spotted near La Jolla
Small boat finally stopped southwest of Laguna Beach, two suspects arrested
A panga boat, which originated in Mexico, was stopped 12 miles southwest of Laguna Beach with over $4 million worth of marijuana on board on Tuesday, August 6. According to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials, the small sea vessel was first spotted off the coast of La Jolla by an air unit while traveling northbound.
When CBP agents caught up to the boat they discovered 119 packages of marijuana being transported. Two male Mexican nationals were apprehended. Agents estimated the value of the marijuana at $4,105,000.
Jesse Aizenstat, journalist and University of San Diego graduate, recently did a documentary on the growing phenomena of panga boats transporting narcotics north. Aizenstat and crew went deep info Baja California to investigate the process of drug smuggling.
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