From the pages of the Crescent City American, September 1931.
Since word was received recently of the expected appearance of a Chinese vessel on the Pacific Coast in a spectacular attempt to smuggle 125 Chinese and 50,000 cans of opium included in a huge narcotic shipment into this country, government forces along the California, Washington and Oregon coastlines have been eagerly awaiting development of the plot and are stationed at all points prepared to give the smugglers a nice reception wherever they should decide to land their cargo.
Even the Del Norte County authorities are playing a big part in the investigation and are keeping a nightly watch at coast points, which could be used to advantage as a landing place for the ship. The Coast Guard cutter Cahokia has been stationed in port here for days cruising the seas for miles along the coast and scanning the horizon for a glimpse of the unwelcome merchant ship.
Airplanes too have been enlisted in the observation guard of the coast, forming with land lookouts a veritable trap for the Chinese vessel, Marabella, which was reported sailed from Hong Kong early in August.