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