Originally posted at 12:23 p.m. April 7, 2014. Edited with new details.
A panga boat with more than a ton of marijuana aboard was found today on a Malibu-area beach and three men were arrested.
One person was initially detained and two other suspects who ran from the boat were later taken into custody, said Virginia Kice of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Federal attempted marijuana smuggling charges are expected to be filed against the men, who are expected to appear in court Tuesday, Kice said.
The boat, about 30 feet in length, was discovered around 8 a.m. on the beach, just south of the Ventura County line, Kice said.
"The panga was loaded with numerous bundles of marijuana," Kice said. "The exact weight is still unknown, but based upon the visuals, our investigators estimate the load is in excess of one ton."
Kice said late this afternoon she did not have the precise number of pounds in the haul.
Deputies from the sheriff's Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station responded to a call from park rangers at Leo Carrillo State Beach in an unincorporated area near Malibu.
The rangers called for sheriff's deputies because the boat had washed ashore leaking gasoline and smelling strongly of marijuana.
They were assisted by personnel from the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Los Angeles County lifeguards and the multi-agency Homeland Security Investigations, including the Border Enforcement Security Task Force.
--City News Service