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Marijuana Drug Boat Chased and Caught After Being Spotted by Lifeguards

Marijuana Drug Boat Chased and Caught After Being Spotted by Lifeguards
File photo of an alleged drug boat. U.S. Coast Guard / Flickr.

Leo Carrillo State Beach can produce a nice little wave. But this morning surfers were treated to more than a 1-foot swell.

A high-speed chase was happening offshore. Yes, the U.S. Coast Guard pursued what officials are calling a "drug boat" for nearly 30 minutes. You can just guess who won:

The Coast Guard caught up with the boat about five miles southwest of Leo Carrillo, Petty Officer Adam Eggers told the Weekly.


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It all started about 7 a.m. when L.A. County lifeguards in the area spotted the fast-moving boat offshore and told the Coast Guard, according to the federal service.

The Coast Guard launched "assets" from Los Angeles, San Pedro and Oxnard that included a 65 Dolphin helicopter and a 45-foot response boat, officials stated.

And guess what? You can't beat a helicopter. Unless the weather is bad.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department sent a boat out, too, and soon two suspects were in custody, according to the Coast Guard.

On-board? Twenty-six bales of "suspected" marijuana, the Coast Guard said. Eggers told us authorities hadn't weighed it yet. But we bet it was worth a lot.

If those surfers got their hands on it, that weed would be long gone.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.


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