Dear Jon – Panga boats are all the rage for smugglers along
the California coast line. Since
May 2012 there have been at least 10 Panga boats that have made it to shore.
Some of the occupants have been apprehended some have not. Some have offloaded
their content and some have left drugs behind. A viewer has asked me, "What's
with the Coast Guard, can't they stop these boats before reaching our shores?"
The Coast Guard's response coming up after the jump.
When you speak to any
law enforcement agency you'll get what they can or want to share with the
public on any investigations. I get that, we don't want to tip off the bad guys
in any way.
Panga boats are the
choice of drug smugglers and they also smuggle people from Mexico to the United States in this mode as well. The
us coast guard admits to me that this is current challenge they and other partner
agencies are facing in our coastal waters. But they need your help to report
anything suspicious that you may see.
Here's the challenge, since
May of 2012 at least 10 Pangas have been found beached on the central coast,
some have netted drugs and suspects, others have been found empty or with drugs
left behind. Recently two Panga boats were found on the Big Sur coastline, so they're
coming farther north. These boats can go fast, up to 50 knots and can have
multiple motors. And now to circumvent Coast Guard patrols they travel at
night, in the fog and further out to sea.
In the last year and
half the Coast Guard has confiscated 185 thousand pounds of pot from Panga boat
busts. But what if they're smuggling something else, such as weapons of mass destruction?
The coast guard assures me that they and their partner agencies continue their
aggressive patrolling and surveillance procedures moving forward.
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