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$1M Marijuana Stash Discovered on Vandenberg Air Force Base

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE, Calif. (KTLA) — A stash of marijuana believed to be worth $1 million was discovered on the beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday.

The pot was found just north of Wall Beach by a pair of Vandenberg AFB members at 12:50 p.m., according to Colonel Nina Armagno.

The base’s security threat level was increased as authorities searched for suspects, Armagno said.

The marijuana was wrapped in dark trash bags and stacked in surrounding brush in what appeared to be an attempt to camouflage it.

A 20-foot aluminum panga boat, the type popular with Mexican drug smugglers and human traffickers, was found overturned with its engine disconnected.

Authorities on the base conducted random searches of vehicles, but no suspects were found.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and California Highway Patrol airplane assisted in the search.

ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations has now taken over the investigation, according to a base statement.

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