A third man has been arrested in connection with a panga boat that was found abandoned on the shore just north of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse on Tuesday morning.
Later in the day, while on patrol, CHP officers came upon a man who was walking along Highway 1 just north of the old Piedras Blancas hotel. That is the same area where a beached panga boat was discovered. The man gave officers a false name and failed to provide proper identification. Because of certain items found on the man, he is thought to be connected to the other suspects involved with the panga boat.
44-year-old Jose Lopez Lopez was arrested on suspicion of failing to provide identification as well as providing false identification and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail and is presently on an immigration hold.
Two other men, 23-year-old Luis Osiel Gonzales and 23-year-old Juan Pedro Gonzales, were arrested earlier in the day. The search continues for two more men who were believed to have been involved with the panga boat. No drugs were found at the scene.