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Drug-Smuggling Boat Found in Channel Islands

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - Law enforcement officials intercepted a 35-foot boat carrying 122 bales of marijuana in the early morning hours of January 18. While on a routine patrol, the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Steadfast spotted the smuggling boat South West of San Nicolas Island heading north. A law enforcement team was sent in to investigate and a pursuit started.

While the team pursued the vessel, other law enforcement agencies combined sea and air resources to ensure the vessel didn't get away. The boat was safely stopped south-west of Santa Rosa Island just before 4 a.m.

The boat was being manned by two people and authorities discovered 122 bales of marijuana aboard. The contraband was then confiscated and the crew detained.

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