Three Mexican nationals face federal drug trafficking charges after being arrested Sunday in a marijuana-laden panga in the Channel Islands.
The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a panga boat Thursday off the coast of Malibu.
Two Mexican nationals pleaded not guilty Friday to killing a U.S. Coast Guard officer near Santa Cruz Island on Dec. 2.
Approximately 8,500 pounds of marijuana was discovered about 150 miles west of Los Angeles and now it’s in the hands of U.S. Coast Guard officials.
The “panga” boat that washed ashore had over a dozen illegal immigrants onboard with criminal records.
Federal immigration agents and police have detained 17 people in the latest so-called “panga” boat landing.