Approximately 2,000 pounds of marijuana were seized from a panga boat off the coast of San Diego Thursday, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.
Working together, Mexican Navy crews, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Coast Guard crews foiled the smuggling attempt approximately 150 miles southwest of San Diego.
A CBP Office of Air and Marine Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft crew first detected the suspicious panga boat early Thursday morning. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin was diverted to intercept the panga.
Officials said the Terrapin’s crew stopped three suspected smugglers aboard the vessel who claimed Mexican nationality. One the boat, U.S. Coast Guard crews found 90 bales of marijuana.
After that, the suspects, panga and pot were turned over to the Mexican Navy.