New Times / News
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 18
Another panga hits Piedras Blancas
BY MATT FOUNTAIN
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result, these suspected maritime narcotics smugglers might fit the bill. Or not.
At approximately 4:15 a.m. on Nov. 27, two San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies discovered an open gate to a field north of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse on the San Simeon coast off Highway 1. They then found a small fishing skiff—known as a panga, commonly used by drug and human traffickers—on the shore along with five men, according to a department press release.
The suspects fled on foot, but two were captured. A scuffle ensued, and one deputy received minor injuries in the incident. Both men are being held at the county jail, one on an immigration hold.
A subsequent search didn’t turn up any narcotics, but investigators did find roughly 30 containers of fuel floating in the water, and said the panga is “consistent with narcotics smuggling operations.”
The vessel was approximately 28 feet long with a single engine, and has been turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard, according to the release.
This is the third such incident in the area by the lighthouse since July, the last of which netted five arrests.
Santa Maria's local food bank faces a fresh produce shortage SLO County offers free bus rides to celebrate Earth Day Phillips 66 health and safety specialists allege they were punished for unionizing Political Watch 4/24/14 Community Notebook 4/24-5/1 Orcutt Academy's K-8 school is looking for a bigger home and shopping in Los Alamos Clarifications