Coast Guard Intercepts Drug Smugglers

Coast Guard interdicts 3 suspected smugglers and over a ton of marijuana off California coast

Coast Guard Intercepts Drug Smugglers

LOS ANGELES – Three Mexican national men are facing federal drug smuggling charges following their arrest early Saturday by Coast Guard units in connection with the interdiction of a panga carrying more than a ton of marijuana about 57 miles southwest of San Nicholas Island, California.

A C-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, Calif., spotted a suspicious panga boat while on patrol. The aircrew relayed the coordinates to the Cutter Active, a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter, for further investigation as they were patrolling nearby. The Active began to move into a position to intercept the vessel while the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip was maneuvering to assist.

The Active launched their onboard small boat to intercept the panga with a boarding team onboard. The Coast Guard team was able to board the vessel without incident.

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