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Marijuana worth $1 million found on beach near Vandenberg AFB

Authorities have confirmed that a large amount of marijuana with an estimated value of at least $1 million was discovered Thursday near a boat that had crashed on a beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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 assumed control of the investigation about 5:40 p.m.  

Authorities were developing a plan to remove the boat, fuel and outboard motor, the statement said.

It was not immediately clear if anyone had been injured or arrested in the incident.

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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Photo: A marijuana plant is grown in the closet of a Southern California home. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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