SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Authorities credit sharp-eyed lifeguards with the arrest of two alleged smugglers caught with more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana in a small boat off Southern California.

Rich Haydon, superintendent of state parks, says the cabin cruiser anchored in a secluded area about 50 yards from San Clemente State Beach “just didn’t look right” to lifeguards early Sunday. They called Harbor Patrol, who questioned two men on the boat who spoke no English. When one of them tossed a GPS device and phone into the water, officers boarded and found many plastic-wrapped bundles of pot.

The men, Mexican nationals, were arrested on suspicion of suspicion of possession and transportation of marijuana for sale.

Officials tell the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/2jlvH9Y ) that increased vigilance and coordination by law enforcement along the coastline has resulted in fewer smuggling attempts.


Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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