H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Sep 13, 2013 2:30 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Panga boat found at Santa Barbara County beach, arrests made

Officials confirm to KSBY News that arrests have been made in association with a panga boat and what is believed to be bails of marijuana found at a Santa Barbara County Beach.

ICE officials say surveillance showed the boat coming ashore on Arroyo Quemada Beach around 12 a.m. Friday. They say the surveillance indicated the boat was beaching itself and bails of suspected marijuana were being off-loaded.

Officials with Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Coast Guard, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection responded.

Fourteen people were arrested at the scene and approximately 2,000 pounds of suspected marijuana was seized, according to officials.

ICE officials say Homeland Security Investigations agents also stopped a vehicle in Camarillo. They say the people inside ran away, but suspected contraband was found inside. So far, no arrests have been made in connection with that incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

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