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$1 million in marijuana found at Vandenberg base was camouflaged

March 8, 2013 |  8:16 am
Officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base believe drug smugglers crashed a boat onto the beach on base property, leaving behind at least $1 million in marijuana.

According to a statement from Vandenberg officials, the marijuana was found near an overturned boat north of Wall Beach and was removed by Homeland Security investigators, who took over the investigation about 5:40 p.m.  

No suspects were found in the area after an extensive search.

Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander, told the Santa Maria Times that the marijuana was camouflaged.

“What it looks like to me are large bags, kind of like dark-colored trash bags, wrapped up and stacked, and actually they have been covered in what looks like an attempt to camouflage them with brush,” Armagno told the paper.

Before the arrival of Homeland Security investigators, Vandenberg officials said they were continuing to  "search for potential suspects.” Base personnel were told to avoid the area and contact base security right away if they see suspicious people or activity, officials said.

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