California marijuana boat smugglers plead guilty, face up to 40 years


A federal prosecutor has won guilty plea agreements from two of seven men arrested in February by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for attempting to smuggle nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana on a boat from Mexico to Laguna Beach.
Kevin Anthony Gilbert and Francisco Javier Chavez, both Los Angeles residents, acknowledge they agreed with co-conspirators to check into the Sandpiper Motel in Costa Mesa before driving in the middle of the night on Pacific Coast Highway to unload marijuana from a 30-foot panga boat headed to waters off Crystal Cove State Beach. OC Weekly has the rest.