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Ton of marijuana seized off Ventura County coast; 10 arrested

January 4, 2012 | 10:44 am

Marijuana plant
About 2,000 pounds of marijuana were seized and 10 people were arrested Wednesday in an early-morning raid off the Ventura County coast, federal officials said.

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security raided the boat around 3 a.m. in an operation aimed at curbing drug trafficking along the coast.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department said nine people were initially arrested, and another person who had been hiding among the rocks onshore was later arrested.

A similar boat as the one raided Wednesday — known as a panga, or small, open watercraft powered by outboard motors — was found Tuesday in Santa Barbara County, local officials said.

The boat was found abandoned near Refugio State Beach and was empty, but officials said it was apparent that the craft was used for drug smuggling.


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Photo: A marijuana plant. Credit: Rick Bowmer / Associated Press