Last week took a camping trip up to Napa Valley. We stayed at Bothe Napa Valley state park. Our buddy from Morro Bay lives there and works with the fire department. Although he was on call and carrying this huge radio he took us on a great hike. We drove about 20 minutes from St. Helena into the mountains. Then another downhill 30 minute hike to The Devils Punchbowl. A beautiful gorge hidden swimming spot. Started the hike down about 7 at night. Brought the GoPro Camera but it doesn't take pictures very well when there isn't much light. So didn't get many good photos as it was getting dark by the time we got there. I got a few on my phone with the camera on a slow setting. I was swimming with a headlamp. There was enough moonlight and we saw the end of the sunset over the trees for our hike back out.
Congrats to #TeamPiccolotti with an undefeated record of 5 amateur fights and 3 professional cage fights! Big win last night with a KO late in the 3rd round! Exciting finish!
Nine arrested after drugs seized on South Coast
Authorities say they found more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana associated with a panga boat that turned up at Año Nuevo State Park on Friday. Photo courtesy U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014 12:40 pm | Updated: 12:06 pm, Tue Aug 5, 2014.
By Julia Reis [ email@example.com ] |7 comments
Nine suspects were arrested after a 40-foot vessel carrying 5,100 pounds of marijuana was intercepted by authorities in Pescadero late Friday night.
The panga, a lightweight boat commonly used by drug smugglers, was seized at Año Nuevo State Park around midnight on Friday and six men were initially arrested. Three additional suspects were taken into custody around 10 a.m. on Saturday, according to Virginia Kice, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force agents that such a boat might be landing off the coast. The agents witnessed two large vans enter Año Nuevo State Beach around 10 p.m. Friday and meet a panga that landed there. Agents stopped the vans as they drove onto Highway 1.
The panga floated off after the marijuana had been loaded off the boat, but a local fisherman spotted it adrift. It was recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard, according to a release from the San Mateo County district attorney’s office.
The boat was piloted from Mexico, and four of the suspects are residents of Sinaloa, Mexico, authorities say. The other suspects are from San Diego and San Jose, Calif. The defendants are 20-year-old Luis Farid Gonzalez, 36-year-old Mario Gonzalez, 39-year-old Juan Hernandez, 50-year-old Juan Valdez Lopez, 28-year-old Luis Espinoza Mendoza, 39-year-old Estaban Flores Salazar, 19-year-old Joan Sicairos, 38-year-old Mark Richard Teixeira, and 33-year-old Phin Yo Vorn.
All of the defendants, with the exception of Mario Gonzalez, who was unavailable for court, pleaded not guilty on Monday. The preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 14. Bail for all the defendants has been set for $1 million, and all are currently being held at San Mateo County jail.
Kice said it’s possible that the defendants could still face federal prosecution, as well.
Agencies that assisted with this incident include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is the lead investigative agency, the Border Enforcement Security Task Force, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Land Management.
This incident is the second of its kind in recent months. In May, a little more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana were seized from an abandoned panga that washed ashore at Pescadero State Beach.
From Oct. 1, 2013, through July 9, 2014, there were two drug smuggling vessels seized in San Mateo County along with 1,026 pounds of marijuana. No arrests were made in conjunction with these incidents. According to statistics provided by Kice, the majority of smuggling apprehensions during that time took place in open ocean waters, including those off Mexico.
Big Congrats to Alex from redwood City for winning the skate contest and the $100 at the Jetty Ramp over the weekend! (Pic sent to us from a friend)
Recently we collaborated on shirts with Pilarcitos High School. We also donated gear for their Pilarcitos Pounds incentive program. Today we had the chance to go and be apart of their first Pilarcitos Pounds Raffle. We brought tons of gear and had a great time raffling it off and throwing it out. Great people at the school all around from teachers, students and administrators. Wonderful program going on here with our friend Raj taking the lead as principal. In high school i had friends who went to school here and actually completed 2 years of high school work in 1 year, choosing to work at a much faster pace than my school. Please contact them if anyone is able to donate to their program
Congratulations to all the 2014 graduates!
Thank you for the support and Go Coyotes!