Coast Guard, Mexican navy disrupt smuggling attempt

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted a panga boat with three suspected smugglers aboard more than 100 miles southwest of San Diego, Tuesday.

After a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft spotted the panga early Tuesday morning, the Coast Guard Cutter Edisto was diverted to investigate.

The panga crew, who claimed Mexican nationality, was throwing fuel barrels overboard when the cutter arrived on scene. As the cutter approached, the suspected smugglers stopped and put their hands in the air.

The Edisto crew estimated there to be approximately 250 bales of marijuana aboard, each weighing 10-40 pounds.

The panga, suspected smugglers and the contraband was turned over to the Mexican navy.

Photo of Coast Guard cutter and panga

A boarding team deployed from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Edisto approaches a suspected smuggling boat approximately 100 miles southwest of San Diego, June 18, 2013. The boat, three people and contraband were handed over to the Mexican navy for further enforcement action. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Sacramento)

Photo of Coast Guard cutter and panga

A boarding team from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Edisto inspects a panga with approximately 250 bales of marijuana aboard and keeps watch over three suspected smugglers after interdicting the vessel more than 100 miles southwest of San Diego, June 18, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Ryan Taylor.

Photo of Coast Guard cutter's small boat, a Mexican navy boat and a panga

With the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Edisto’s small boat standing by, the Mexican navy approaches a panga with three suspected smugglers and an estimated 250 bales of marijuana aboard more than 100 miles southwest of San Diego, June 18, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Ryan Taylor)
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Photo of bales of marijuana aboard panga

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Edisto crew discovered approximately 250 bales of marijuana aboard a panga more than 100 miles southwest of San Diego, June 18, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Ryan Taylor.

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