Police found around $4 million worth of marijuana on a beach in Santa Barbara, Calif. this weekend.
Authorities discovered the 2,000 pounds of the drug next to a fishing boat on Arroyo Quemada Beach. This is the second large discovery of marijuana on Santa Barbara beaches this month.
Police were called to the scene on Sunday after an abandoned fishing boat was reported.
The boat was a panga-style fishing boat which are commonly used to transport illegal immigrants, drugs and other types of contraband from Mexico to California.
Investigators said the vessel was “apparently abandoned 30-foot ‘panga’ style boat with two outboard engines and 20+ fuel containers on board.”
Officials said in a public statement that the “sheriff’s detectives located a significant amount of evidence that was consistent with marijuana smuggling activities, including trash and debris that was strewn about the beach and nearby coastal access trails.”
They said the pot was taken from the beach during a search and was stored in individually wrapped bales.
Evidence from the boat was confiscated by detectives from the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Narcotics division. Authorities were not able to locate suspects, even after a K-9 unit was released in the area.
In early March, authorities discovered another large amount of marijuana, this time worth $1 million, on a beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base. The drugs were found near a 20-foot-long panga fishing boat that was thought to have crashed on the beach.
In 2012, police estimate that nearly two dozen boats smuggling drugs and other contraband was intercepted along the Santa Barbara coastline. This month’s marijuana discoveries are now part of an ongoing investigation with the Homeland Security.