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Drug smuggling boat wrecks, 80 pounds of pot found north of Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 09/30/2013 | Stephen Baxter

Posted on 09/30/2013 6:28:14 PM PDT by artichokegrower

SANTA CRUZ -- A wrecked motorboat and 80 pounds of packaged marijuana were found on Four Mile Beach north of Santa Cruz on Monday, yet authorities said several hundred pounds more pot likely was smuggled to the beach earlier in the morning.

Authorities believe the 20-foot boat with twin outboard motors came from Mexico to meet a pickup or other vehicle on the beach.

"These boats can hold a few thousand pounds of marijuana," said Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy Ryan Kennedy. To make the smugglers' trip worthwhile, investigators believe they had much more marijuana than was found on the beach.

About 10:55 a.m., a beach-goer reported a white boat overturned in the shore break on the south end of the beach.

Cal Fire initially responded, as well as State Parks rangers in a pickup and two State Parks on personal watercraft. No one was spotted near the vessel when authorities arrived, said Kennedy.

An outboard engine had broken off the boat's stern and boat was tumbled into the surf -- which was a rising northwest swell with 6- to 8-foot waves

(Excerpt) Read more at santacruzsentinel.com ...


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"Authorities believe the 20-foot boat with twin outboard motors came from Mexico to meet a pickup or other vehicle on the beach"

Yeah right. They ran a 20 foot outboard 500 miles up the coast from Mexico! Come on reporter get a brain. This is the second boat found in the same spot in the last two months. They are being launched from mother ships off of the coast.

1 posted on 09/30/2013 6:28:14 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower; EggsAckley

Santa Cruz? ...I can’t believe this.


2 posted on 09/30/2013 6:38:00 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can and wine to accept the things I can't.)
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To: artichokegrower

LOL..Wonder how much was not “was not found”?


3 posted on 09/30/2013 6:48:49 PM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: artichokegrower
"These boats can hold a few thousand pounds of marijuana,"

Sure they can, but could they float. Pfft...

4 posted on 09/30/2013 6:51:15 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: artichokegrower

Similar thing was happening in the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara —a bunch of times it happened.

They even killed a coastie who tried to stop them.

A legit-looking, huge druggie mothership arrives far offshore, then the product is off-loaded to smaller parasitic vessels for the final run into shore.

Risk limitation and way more stealthy.


5 posted on 09/30/2013 6:58:37 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Baynative

80 pounds is a light weekend in Santa Cruz.


6 posted on 09/30/2013 7:04:26 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: artichokegrower

7 posted on 09/30/2013 7:11:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: artichokegrower

This garbage is killing the fish. Where’s PETA??


8 posted on 09/30/2013 7:16:36 PM PDT by FES0844
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To: deweyfrank
"Wonder how much was not “was not found”?"

Some pothead stumbling up the beach last night is having one Hell of a party today!

9 posted on 09/30/2013 7:24:44 PM PDT by YHAOS
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To: artichokegrower

DUUUUUDE, free pot!!!

Bet this Santa Cruz woman got some of the free pot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5oVzbwYWpg


10 posted on 09/30/2013 7:32:20 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Just wanted to say I hope you great NSA folks are enjoying my posts here.)
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To: YHAOS

“Some pothead stumbling up the beach last night is having one Hell of a party today! “

Square grouper.


11 posted on 09/30/2013 7:32:42 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: Rebelbase

LOL!


12 posted on 09/30/2013 7:48:31 PM PDT by YHAOS
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To: unixfox
Sure they can, but could they float. Pfft...

That's how they can tell when a boat is hauling marijuana - it rides high in the water.

(thank you very much!)

13 posted on 09/30/2013 8:11:35 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: Lurker
"80 pounds is a light weekend in Santa Cruz."

I hear that! (I used to live there)

14 posted on 09/30/2013 8:18:59 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can and wine to accept the things I can't.)
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To: gaijin
It doesn't always happen on the coast as history can attest.
15 posted on 09/30/2013 8:28:01 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can and wine to accept the things I can't.)
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To: artichokegrower

“These boats can hold a few thousand pounds of pot but there was only 80 pounds on board. Uh, yeah, that’s the ticket.”


16 posted on 09/30/2013 8:28:22 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: artichokegrower

Save The Bales!


17 posted on 10/01/2013 4:58:11 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (I love my country; I don't like its government)
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