Smuggler’s sailboat packed with pot

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
LOS ANGELES – A Coast Guard law enforcement team discovered approximately 80 bales of marijuana aboard a sailboat at around 1 a.m. on Balboa Island, Newport Beach, Calif., June 3, 2013.

A Coast Guard 45-foot response boat crew was on a routine patrol in the Newport Harbor area when crewmembers spotted and decided to board a sailboat entering the harbor.

As the crew approached the sailboat, the pilot reportedly veered to the right and ran the sailboat onto the beach. Two people reportedly jumped from the sailboat and ran away.

Coast Guard crewmembers docked their boat and made their way to the beached vessel where they reportedly discovered approximately 80 to 90 bales of marijuana, which along with the boat, were seized by investigators assigned to the multi-agency Los Angeles Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (LA BEST).

The LA BEST, headed by U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is conducting the ongoing investigation.

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