Abandoned boat found on California beach

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An abandoned boat suspected of bringing in illegal drugs was found Wednesday on the shore south of Refugio Beach, Calif.

The 30-foot panga boat, which was discovered around 6 a.m., was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Drew Sugars, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

They are commonly used by fishermen in developing countries and have become popular with smugglers to bring in narcotics, undocumented immigrants and other contraband from Mexico to the United States.

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