Three Mexican nationals are being held without bail on federal drug trafficking charges after their panga boat carrying three tons of marijuana was found in the Channel Islands, it was reported.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said Alfonso Ramirez-Lopez, 40, Marco Montes-Lopez, 46, and Daniel Garcia-Sanchez, 32, were to be paid $4,000 each for the transport of the marijuana, which had an estimated street value of $3 million.
The cargo was bound for landfall at Monterey or San Simeon, the Los Angeles Times reported, quoting a sworn affidavit by a DEA agent.
The boat and its cargo were spotted near San Miguel Island Saturday afternoon by an off-duty State Fish and Wildlife officer and the crew members were arrested later that day.
The panga boat was towed to the U.S. Coast Guard base in San Pedro, the Times said.
The crew members are expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing April 6.
—City News Service