Two Alleged Drug Smugglers Arrested After Boat Stopped Near Santa Rosa Island

Two alleged drug smugglers were taken into custody Monday near Santa Rosa Island following the interception of a panga vessel, according to a news release by the United States Coast Guard.

United States Coast Guard filephoto

File photo of a U.S. Coast Guard officer in the bridge of a cutter vessel. (Credit: Getty Images)

The Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection responded with multiple boats and aircraft’s to a tipster’s report of a suspicious vessel, according to the news release.

Once the vessel was stopped about 50 bales of suspected marijuana was obtained and the two alleged smugglers onboard were taken into custody, according to the news release.  They will be turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Santa Rosa Island is part of the Channel Islands National Park and located about 40 nautical miles west of Ventura (map).