Around 6:45 a.m., lifeguards at Zuma Beach reported a suspicious panga-style boat offshore, a type that is frequently used in drug smuggling.
“They observed the boat circling just past the waves in front of our headquarters,” said Capt. John Larson of the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Headquarters. “And there was a truck with a trailer in the parking lot and it looked like they were communicating.”
Two Coast Guard boats, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department boat and a Coast Guard helicopter pursued the boat, which attempted to hide in the fog off the coast. The boat led them on a 30-minute chase, according to Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers.
Two men were arrested after the boat was stopped five miles south of Leo Carillo State Beach at about 9 a.m., Eggers said.
The identities of the two men, and an estimated of the street value of the marijuana, were not immediately available.
According to Deputy Steve Difonzo of the Malibu-Lost Hills sheriff’s station, there were two suspicious large trucks with trailers capable of carrying large loads that were reported, but deputies were not either to locate either.
“We’re continuing to kind of just look in the area for them,” he said. “But it is unconfirmed that they were involved with the boat.”