Smugglers Abandon 1,000 lbs. of Pot After Car Gets Stuck on Beach
San Mateo County authorities recovered approximately 1,000 pounds, or over $1 million worth, of marijuana from an SUV that was apparently abandoned after it got stuck in the sand at Pescadero State Beach on Monday morning, according to San Francisco Chronicle website SFgate.com.
Also found on the beach, parked right next to the SUV, was a 30-foot lightweight boat that authorities believe the drugs initially traveled in, according to Department of Homeland Security spokesman Andrew Munoz. The boat was reportedly equipped with a larger-than-normal gas tank, and, according to NBC Bay Area, had the word "Sinaloa" printed on its side, indicating a possible connection to Mexico's infamous Sinaloa drug cartel.
"This type of thing is becoming more common in Northern California, as the Coast Guard and Homeland Security step up patrols farther south," Munoz told the Chronicle. "It's likely that they were either doing a long haul from Mexico or they were coming from a mother ship farther off the coast."
NBC Bay Area notes that this is the second time in as many months that a huge shipment of marijuana washed up on a boat at California beaches; on April 7th, three men were arrested after a boat containing about one ton of marijuana turned up on the beach just 10 miles west of Malibu near Leo Carillo State Park.