Sep 13, 2013 8:40 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

18 people arrested following panga boat incident in Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office reports 18 people were arrested Friday after members of the California National Guard spotted a panga boat at Arroyo Quemada beach.

The National Guard says they saw about 19 people unloading suspected narcotics from a boat on the beach.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement team, K-9 units, and Narcotics Investigator team responded. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department and United States Coast Guard also helped.

Sheriff's Deputies arrested 14 people at the scene and seized more than 2000 pounds of marijuana.

At 11 a.m. Friday, Sheriff's Deputies arrested four more people who were hiding in the area.

The investigation has been turned over to the ICE Homeland Security Investigations.

The Sheriff's Office has not released the identities of the suspects.

If you see anyone you think may be involved in this case, call law enforcement.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, 10 panga boats have been found in Santa Barbara County since October 2012.

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