Abandoned Panga Boat Discovered at Tajiguas Beach
Tajiguas Beach - July 31st, 2013
At around 6:40 a.m. this morning, a passerby driving on Highway101 observed a
possible “Panga” boat on the shoreline of Tajiguas Beach, north of Refugio Beach
and called 911. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies and
Narcotics Detectives responded along with personnel from Homeland Security
Investigations (HSI), California State Parks and the U.S. Coast Guard, which
provided air support. Investigators located a 30 foot abandoned “Panga” on the
beach. A search of the area was conducted but no suspects were located. While
no marijuana was seized, there was evidence of drug trafficking found at the
HSI assisted in removing the
vessel, which will be transported to Long Beach and booked as evidence. The
Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Bureau is working with HSI to
investigate the increase of “Panga” boat activity in our area.
This is the fourth “Panga”
discovered in this general vicinity of Refugio State Beach in recent months.
The last one was found on June 17th on Tajiguas Beach.
The Santa Barbara County
Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to be aware of the ever-growing problem
and to please contact law enforcement to report suspicious boats in the ocean
off Santa Barbara County or suspicious activity on Highway 101 where there is
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