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Big Thanksgiving-day bust: Tons of weed seized in Central California

SAN SIMEON, Calif. — Authorities say they’ve seized tons of marijuana and arrested eight people who allegedly smuggled the pot ashore from a boat in Central California.

San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies say that around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, they saw a van in a San Simeon area known for smuggling. Authorities say they stopped the van and found it contained 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of marijuana in bales.

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The driver was arrested. Investigators then searched the coastline north to the Monterey County line and found a 35-foot boat abandoned on the beach.

Around 8:30 a.m., they arrested five people near the Piedras Blancas lighthouse.

A second van containing more than a ton of baled marijuana was later stopped by Monterey County officials south of Carmel and the occupants arrested.