Approximately one ton’s worth of marijuana bales were found scatted on the Arroyo Quemada Beach near Santa Barbara, Calif. yesterday. Also found washed ashore, according to NBC News in Los Angeles, was a discarded boat used for drug smuggling.
The 2,000 pounds of neatly wrapped cannabis bales have an approximate street value of $4 million.
Found on board the open, outboard powered 30-foot panga boat, the style of boat commonly used for drug smuggling in the region, were about 20 fuel containers.
At least 20 panga-style boats have been found discarded along the Santa Barbara County coastline over the last few years.
The 50 bales of marijuana were found “partially hidden in bushes near a road leading from the beach,” according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.
The Los Angeles Times quoted a release by Santa Barbara County sheriff's officials which stated:
"Sheriff’s detectives located a significant amount of evidence that was consistent with marijuana smuggling activities, including trash and debris that was strewn about the beach and nearby coastal access trails."
The investigation into the discarded weed continues as officials are testing the drugs and searching the scene for any other significant evidence.
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