Coast Guard marksman shoots out engines of fleeing panga, 7,100 pounds of marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers detained

Coast Guard marksman shoots out engines of fleeing panga, 7,100 pounds of marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers detained
SAN DIEGO – U.S. Coast Guard crews intercepted a panga boat with approximately 7,100 pounds of marijuana and three suspected smugglers aboard in international waters some 155 miles southwest of San Diego, Tuesday morning. It was the second time this month that Coast Guard and partner agencies have thwarted a major marijuana smuggling operation in the area. In the most recent incident an aircrew...

Suspect lost at sea illustrates dangers of maritime smuggling

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard officials are stressing the dangers associated with maritime smuggling after an extensive search for a suspected drug smuggler ended near Ponto State Beach in Carlsbad, Tuesday. Two additional suspected drug smugglers were apprehended and treated for hypothermia after the trio jumped from a panga as it approached the beach and attempted to flee when Border Patrol agents...