By Steve Elliott
Vandenberg Air Force Base officials say that marijuana smugglers crashed a 20-foot boat onto the beach on base property, leaving behind at least $1 million worth of marijuana just after 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
The marijuana was found near an overturned boat north of Wall Beach, according to Vandenberg officials, and was removed by Homeland Security investigators, who "took over" the investigation around 5:40 p.m. on Thursday, reports The Los Angeles TimesZ.
The cannabis was camouflaged, according to Col. Nina Armagno, a 30th Space Wing Commander, reports Janene Scully at the Santa Maria Times.
"What it looks like to me are large bags, kind of like dark-colored trash bags, wrapped up and stacked, and actually they have been covered in what looks like an attempt to camouflage them with brush," Armagno said.
"We immediately secured the scene and started searching the beaches and the local area," Armagno said. "I ordered all facilities to be searched and secured."