DEL MAR (CNS) - Three people were arrested and about 30 large bundles of suspected drugs were seized when a small smuggling boat landed on the beach Monday morning in Del Mar, the U.S. Border Patrol reported.
The Panga boat was first spotted about 2:30 a.m. off the waters of Torrey Pines State Beach and landed on the sand below Fourth Street in Del Mar, USBP public-affairs Agent Tekae Michael said. Three people aboard the boat were detained and the 30 bundles were being tested Monday morning to confirm they were illegal narcotics.
Border Patrol agents on scene said the bundles contained marijuana and weighed between 30 and 50 pounds each, meaning the total weight of the drugs was between 900 and 1,500 pounds. The large bundles were in black trash bags.
Pangas like the one discovered Monday morning are a favorite smuggling vessel used by drug traffickers. Boats.com described the boat, which features an outboard motor, as a low-cost vessel that is versatile "and can perform in both shallow and deep water."
Pangas have been used often in recent years to smuggle both drugs and people onto San Diego County beaches from Mexico.
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