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. Tony

    There goes Christmas!

    May 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pm

    geez. I hope it was full of seeds and stems, in other words; a colossal waste of the agents time and even bigger waste of taxpayers money. what if we all started throwing bales of awful shwagg weed in the ocean just to give the cops something to do. maybe as a decoy as to get all the good stuff in no prob. wait a moment... in fact, "whoa whoa whoa stop the clock!" why do we even need to fish ganj out of the ocean? there is so much here already. let's export it and pay off this nat'l debt. if we do that for even 20 years we will all live as kings. watch...

    May 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Amish & ANDY

    Wh...What ?? It was just growing there ? in salt water ? WOW !!

    May 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Miller

    The only reason it's worth so much money is BECAUSE it's illegal. If it were legal, no more black market for pot. DAAAAAAAA! Look at History ppl, Prohibition doesn't work!! It didn't work with Alcohol, it won't work with pot. Spend our Tax Dollars on something worthwhile and let good, hardworking, responsible adults choose for themselves what libation they prefer. And stop being such hypocrites. A person who smokes pot responsibly is no differently than a person that drinks responsibly. Making it illegal ( as in Prohibition ) will NOT make PPL stop using it!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. commentusmaximus

    guard the US-mexican land and marine borders with more drones. They should also be armed drones, intended not to kill, but to stop these trespassers, and human/drug smugglers.

    May 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. s kel

    No wonder lots of people are getting california fishing permits these days.

    May 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Toby

    So why is marijuana illegal again?

    May 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocker


      May 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. no nothing

    Its water logged, it may have BEEN worth 3.6 mill. Now it's worth about $20 a oz.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Graham Dodd


    May 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. aman all drug problem will be solved

    May 22, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. malcolmkyle

    When defending their dangerous and counter-productive war on (some) drugs, prohibitio­nists often cite our obligation to 'The Children', but prohibition­ has made all of these 'at present illegal' substances available in schools, and even prisons. So how has that helped our kids?

    Prohibition­ has also raised gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootleggin­g in the United States. How has that helped our kids?

    Prohibition­ has creating a prison-for­-profit synergy with evil drug lords and terrorists. How has that helped our kids?

    Prohibition­ has removed many of our cherished and important civil liberties. How has that helped our kids?

    Prohibition­ has put many previously unknown and contaminate­d drugs on our streets. How has that helped our kids?

    Prohibition­ has escalating Murder, Theft, Muggings, and Burglaries­. How has that helped our kids?

    Prohibition­ has overcrowd­ing the courts and prisons, thus making it increasing­ly impossible to curtail the people who are really hurting and terrorizing­ others. How has that helped our kids?

    Prohibition­ has evolved local street gangs into transnatio­nal enterprise­s with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling­ vast swaths of territory, and with significant social and military resources at their disposal. How has that helped our kids?

    “The State must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” — Adolf Hitler, “Mein Kampf”

    May 22, 2012 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
    • FishFood

      Quit trying to justify your wanting to get high and get a job. Oh and 'at present illegal' shouldn't be quoted because you're not trying to infer something like you correctly did with 'the children'... although you did incorrectly capitalize that.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. bfskinnerpunk

    I'd love to know how much it costs (tax dollars) for this very basic and routine operation..... and useless.

    End the prohibition on drug because that is EXACTLY what the drug cartels REQUIRE for the livelihood.
    Make it legal and crime plummets ... and the drug cartels and drug gangs vanish in a week. FOR FREE!

    May 22, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. NYCJF

    I don't know why marijuana can't be legalized and marketed by tobacco-like companies and controlled like liquor (adults only). It could separately be made available for medical reasons by pharmaceutical companies. If it were viewed as a viable product, so much money spent on keeping it out of America and stopping people from using it, could be saved. More importantly, it would raise a significant amount of tax dollars if it were sold like alcohol and nationally available. More studies should be done on this matter,

    May 22, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Travis Thompson

    Mexico should Legalize , TAX It and improve their Economy !!!!!

    May 22, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. Travis Thompson

    Legalize it !!

    May 22, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
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