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Marijuana seized from beached panga boat in Malibu

January 28, 2012 | 11:20 am

Photo: Authorities seized more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana from a boat that was docked illegally Saturday morning. Credit: KTLA-TV


This story has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

 

The federal government seized an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 pounds of marijuana from a Mexican panga boat beached in Malibu's Pirate's Cove and arrested three men, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official said Saturday.

Sheriff's deputies have called off a search for a fourth suspected smuggler amid the lush gardens of mansions along Cliffside Drive in Malibu's exclusive Point Dume community.

The panga boat was spotted in Pirate's Cove at Point Dume about 1 a.m. Saturday, said Homeland Security spokeswoman Lori K. Haley. Border Patrol agents and sheriff's deputies were the first to respond.  

Authorities have intercepted half a dozen boats attempting to smuggle drugs into Los Angeles and Orange counties since last summer. 

[For the record, 12:30 p.m.: An earller version of this story incorrectly said that the panga boat was intercepted about 10:20 p.m. Friday night. It was spotted early Saturday morning.] 

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Photo: Authorities seized more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana from a boat in Malibu that was docked illegally Saturday morning. Credit: KTLA-TV

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