Coast Guard Stops Suspected Drug Smugglers Off Santa Rosa Island

50 bales of suspected marijuana recovered from boat

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The United States Coast Guard released the following information:

The Coast Guard and Customs & Border Protection worked together to interdict a fishing boat suspected of smuggling narcotics near Santa Rosa Island off the coast of Santa Barbara County late Monday  morning.

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach received a report of a suspicious vessel from a good Samaritan and launched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles to investigate. 

A 45-foot Response Boat Medium from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor was dispatched and the CBP Office of Air and Marine launched a Black Hawk helicopter and a fixed-wing multi-role enforcement aircraft. 

Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach also dispatched a 45 RBM to assist. Leveraging their new 45 RBM and its advanced capabilities, the Channel Islands Harbor boat crew was able to successfully interdict the vessel and take the two suspects onboard into custody.

With the help of CBP Office of Air and Marine and Coast Guard spotters from the air, the Channel Islands Harbor boat crew was also able to recover approximately 50 bales of suspected marijuana.

The two suspects will be turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations for processing and presentation to the U.S. Attorney's office for federal prosecution.

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