September 18, 2014
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office wants money to fight drug-smuggling panga boats that have washed ashore the central coast in recent years.
Sheriff Ian Parkinson plans to ask county supervisors Tuesday to spend nearly $500,000 in federal grants to buy a response boat and other equipment.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune (http://bit.ly/1llsJbI ) reports the response boat would be used to take confiscated panga boats to Morro Bay for disposal.
A dozen panga boats have landed along the central coast the past two years along with 10,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $8.8 million.
Sheriff's deputies currently don't have a quick way to remove the vessels from the beach. The department also wants license plate readers, night-vision goggles and a thermal imaging camera.
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