Pounds Of Pot Wash Ashore In California

A boat filled with close to 3,000 pounds of cannabis washed ashore in Southern California last weekend. Thirteen people were arrested in association with the "panga" boat and charged with a criminal complaint, alleging possession of cannabis with intent to distribute.

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Suspects were seen unloading the vessel at the Arroyo Quemada Beach, which is north of the city of Santa Barbara, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office in L.A. There were three people inside of the vessel whole nearly 15 other individuals awaited in vehicles at the beach. U.S. Attorney’s officials stated,  "Two vans and a pick-up truck separately drove to the beach, and bales of marijuana were loaded into the pick-up and one of the vans. The vehicles then departed the beach at about the same time, but they went in separate directions. One van, which was being used to transport the marijuana, was stopped in Camarillo; the second van, which was being used to transport people, was stopped when it returned to Arroyo Quemada Beach; and the pick-up, which was being used to transport marijuana, was stopped in Carpinteria.”

If convicted, the suspects can face up to life in prison.