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11 arrests aboard pot-laden panga smuggler boat

Posted: December 13, 2012 2:45 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 2012 2:45 p.m.

Law enforcement personnel remove evidence from a panga boat that came ashore between Gaviota and El Capitan state beaches in Santa Barbara County on Wednesday.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Eleven people aboard a marijuana-laden panga smuggler boat have been arrested on a remote Santa Barbara County beach.

A Coast Guard aircraft crew spotted the 30-foot boat off San Nicholas Island and heading for shore early Wednesday.

The twin-engine boat was carrying 11 people, including illegal immigrants from Mexico, tanks with fuel and about 3,000 pounds of marijuana.

The Santa Barbara News-Press ( ) says the boat landed between Gaviota State Park and the Hollister Ranch area.


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