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. Jimmy Hendrixs' Ghost

    D@me! I knew I forgot to bring something with me!

    May 21, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. dre

    someone blew those boats to.shreds

    May 21, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sunny

    $3.6 million, if they could just sell it, would be a big help to a few schools or state parks. Sadly, they're going to waste it – up in smoke...uselessly. 🙁

    May 21, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill C

      Yes because we all know that if we simply give schools more money they will do better. Seriously?

      May 21, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Shane S.

    Would have been a great day for a joy ride in a boat. Would have made my day.

    May 21, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Congrats on spending tax dollars to find 4 tons of pot lying in the ocean...That statement sounds just as stupid as it looks when reading it. Stop wasting this country's money on seizing something that has no negative impact whatsoever. Why no stories lately about the hard drugs? Cocaine? Heroin? Meth? Why aren't you focusing on finding drugs that actually harm our citizens? They should've donated the buds to medical dispensaries if it was still fresh. Profit for the state!

    May 21, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I'm sure you don't believe Trayvon Martin was under the influence of marijuana when he senselessly picked a fight with George Zimmerman either. That resulted in a death, by the way, in case you were too uneducated on national events.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      My stoner brothers do stupid stuff all the time when high. For example, one put the ice cream in the fridge instead of the freezer and totally ruined a 1/2 gallon (go Blue Bell!) of perfectly good chocolate ice cream. Now just add all those stupid little things together and start putting people behind the wheel of a car, on the operating table, making your food, etc. Those tiny "oops I am so high" mistakes start to add up in the real world.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. vote for a stoner

    We need good people under the influence of marijuanna leading this great nation.

    May 21, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Been there...done that, with GWBush. And we all know how that turned out...

      May 21, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bill Q

    Mike, u smoke too much. Missing braincells equals moronic comments.

    May 21, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. woody

    Sounds like a distraction so the smugglers could bring in an even bigger haul while the law was busy plucking the "sacrificial" bales out of the water...

    May 21, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronny Nice

      I agree. Diversion for sure.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. vote for a stoner

    Of course there are dangerous drugs out there. That's why President Obama doesn't do seroquel or abilify. He doesn't even need ritilin to help in focus like children at university do. A little weed would help Obama relax and make wise decisions..

    May 21, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. krokie

    Save the bales 🙂

    May 21, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      LMFAO !!!! I'm in.. Let's save the bales...

      May 21, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. vote for a stoner

    Legalize pot so our children at university won't have to keep taking Ritilin illegally to focus..

    May 21, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      that might be the dumbest thing I have ever read in the history of the internet

      May 21, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • JT

      well then let me be the first to welcome you to the internet! – you must be new

      May 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stoned Smuggler

    Anyone seen my pot bales?

    May 21, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Edward

    Those fish are going to wanting their stash back.

    May 21, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. M.D. for marijuanna

    President Obama could have a million man march of his own. The pro-marijuanna crowd supporting him could march on D.C. and get stoned with the next president of the USA! Yay President Obama!

    May 21, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. areacode612

    II did not inhale.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Yes You did. Clinton said that. Obama said he did.

      May 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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