An abandoned panga boat was discovered Friday afternoon north of Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, along with five bales of marijuana stashed in the bushes nearby.
A citizen noticed the boat, which is of the variety used to traffic narcotics, at 12:30 p.m. and notified the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, according to a news release.
The 30-foot boat was outfitted with two outboard motors and a large tank with 90 gallons of fuel.
No suspects were located, but when investigators searched the area, they found the marijuana bales hidden near Arroyo Quemada Lane.
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The Coast Guard arrived to remove the fuel before the boat was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.