Four tons of marijuana pulled from ocean off California
Agents move some of the four tons of marijuana to vans on Sunday night in Dana Point, California.
May 21st, 2012
11:51 AM ET

Four tons of marijuana pulled from ocean off California

Authorities found almost four tons of marijuana with a street value of $3.6 million floating in the ocean off Dana Point, California, on Sunday.

Boats from the Border Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Orange County sheriff's office were involved in recovering the 160 bales of marijuana, according to a report from CNN affiliate KCBS.

A tip led authorities to the marijuana floating in the Pacific Ocean about 13 miles off Dana Point, the station reported.

Border Patrol spokesman Michael Jimenez told the Orange County Register that the fact that the pot was found with no suspected drug boats in the area was unusual.

"At other events, they've dumped the bales to get rid of weight if they're being chased. Generally in these cases we're aware they're being dumped. What's more unusual is that the bales were floating with no boat in sight," the Register quotes Jimenez as saying.

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  1. M.D. for marijuanna

    What? Marijuanna is good for you. Just ask your doctor if you don't believe me. Have him compare marijuanna with, say, Prozac. It's a no-brainer. Marijuanna is the safest drug we have a high demand for.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Critter

      Word

      May 21, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      hehehe......"HIGH" demand for

      May 21, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Brown

      That's not what my doctor says. You potheads have a much too high opinion of marijuana. Smoking it makes you stupid, and it shows in your comments.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bart Flaster

      Someone is going to have to smoke that weed. I guess it's time to take one for the team.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      hey dingleberry.....could you at least spell MARIJUANA correctly? M.D. apparently doesn't stand for "medical doctor"

      May 21, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • saganhill

      Hey Charlie Brown, taking to much of any drug makes you stupid. Look what drinking to much alcohol does to you. Your lack of knowledge regarding this drug shows in your "stupid" statement.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Judge

      I guess you mean it's safe besides the respiratory illnesses (including cancer), weakened immune system, pulmonary infections and dead brain cells. But besides that, you're right. It's safe. And you don't need brain cells in California anyway. The government will take care of you.

      The California government should sell this marijuana and reduce their debt.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Moron.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • MaggieJS

      "no brainer." Yeah, that would describe it.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Early disability pay stoner on couch

    Which dude is for getting stoned. That's the dude I'm voting for. (duh)

    May 21, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Some dude in Atlanta

    Maybe 1 in ten thousand pot smokers benefit from it's use.
    The rest just get stupid.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Critter

      Two college degrees, 42 and retired in a failing economy and I've smoked every day since 17, I'm stupid, for sure totally dude, have fun doing whatever you do today, I'm getting high after breakfast, dropping two kids off to school and going to the Zoo with my son,,,,,,,,HIGH if I chose to.....

      May 21, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Everyone who smokes it benefits. They get high with no consequences!

      May 21, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • kevin

      no stupider than alcohol, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and all of the other crap that we invented that has serious side effects, just because a doctor prescribes it, doesn't make it safe and smart.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • t

      the same can be said for 90% of the prescription drugs prescribed in the USA today. Ever listen to the commercials...this drug will make you feel better, but may make you want to kill your self and others, may adversely effect your health in 30 different ways and lead to your death.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Critter.......I hope your kids never get hurt. But I do hope the Dept. of Social Services takes them away and you get charged with abuse. Never to see them again. Because you're smart :)! No one with two degrees and says he's retired is that stupid to do what you say you do. Or goes around saying "word".

      May 21, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Badly-Bent

    Could it have been an air drop?

    May 21, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Duh Huh

      Well yeah. What do you think they do shove it off from one shore and let it float then a boat pick it up?
      You prove common sense is lacking for you!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 21, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mikey

    "Duuuuuude, That looks like hundreds of bales of herb floating around out there."
    "lol, you are sooooo stoned bro, here hit this and shut up"

    May 21, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Critter is an idiot

    Get high and drive the kids to school. You are an idiot and hope you get pulled over and the kids get put in social services because you wanted to get high

    May 21, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Spy

      evidently, you have never been "stoned" – I would much rather meet someone coming at me that is high than someone drunk...

      Besides, when you're high, you only go about 7 MPH

      May 21, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Northerner

      Critter you are right , you are an i diot.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. the dude

    I was wondering where I left my stash

    May 21, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. weezer

    Hey Critter - congrats, on being half-awake and still being smart enough to be successful (of course sober you would have accomplished a lot more). Your kids are going to be stoner-losers, however. Guaranteed.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. NakedLadyCakes

    Seaweed!

    May 21, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Lol, classic.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Samuel R. Preston, III

    Ah, that explains why that horse dove in and started swimming. Horses are very smart, they say.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Voting Limits

    We hear of term limits for politicians. I say we have voting limits for voters. If you are under the influence of mind altering drugs you should NOT be allowed to vote. Ditto senile citizens. (very very old people)

    May 21, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jt_flyer

    Were any human heads found floating with the bales?

    May 21, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT ( dmi logistics officer , and former ,leader of gkop )

    i like weed, it smells so good...

    May 21, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. bill

    The President is a coward. I demanded to him via email that he call for a national referendum on marijuana.
    I did not even get a canned response. So I toke daily anyway and since I can produce my own the Cartel bull
    dead children bull and anything else he says is just bull. Something stinks in Washington and I'm glad my hybrids can cover the smell. A little dab will do ya.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. roadwarrior

    smokem if you gotem

    May 21, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
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