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. deafeningshadows

    Reblogged this on Autumnus Et Matutinus and commented:

    May 22, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Greek American

    This country is a complete joke. Legalize weed while I can't go to the bar and have a cig while enjoying an alcoholic beverage. Yet basically anybody can go and get a 'medical' weed prescription and probably smoke it at their workplace on lunch break. I'm not against people who choose to smoke weed but please spare me the pothead propaganda. Also, don't whine like a hypocrite when you say cig smoke bothers you and you stand behind anti-smoking laws, yet you go home and toke up all day anyway. Just saying.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      The reason you can't go to a bar and enjoy a cig with your drink is because you can't contain the smoke to only the air you breathe. You force those around you to breathe it too, often unwillingly. Your generalizations about "pothead propaganda" don't help your argument. In fact, you make the point for them. They GO HOME and smoke, not light up right next to you and force you to breathe it. But you are right, many of our laws are laughable. People can legally enjoy their alcoholic beverages, sometimes in terrible excess, kill people driving drunk, beat their wives and children, and so forth. But people cannot, in most states, go home, spark a spliff, sit back and relax. If you smoke in excess, generally you go to sleep, not pick fights

      May 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    Oh, y'all, the answer is obvious! The Smugglers dumped the bags because they realized they were full of "male plant" weed, which is usually full of seeds & don't really get you high! It was a bad batch & they dumped it! Probably on their way to get the real ish right now, Lol!!

    May 22, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    legalize it already....

    May 22, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Crymore

      No kidding.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Styx

      The article should have been called "SeaWeed"! 🙂

      May 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJS

      GOV. is lossing mad money!!!! Legalize it and TAX IT AND GET YOUR %...USA... SO THE 8th graders and H.S kids can stop sell it around my street . I live in a good city, meaning pot, bud, mj what ever you want to call it,.... it is in every town!!!!!!! People go to more diff. durgs becuase they START WITH BOOZE and want a better Party DRUG and POT ITS NOT it . METH., Coke and other harder drugs are the new thing!!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin Childs

    There is joy in the Sacramento State house, as the economy is saved!

    May 22, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • manchild

      why are they having a hard time copping pot.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pancho villa

    it was a mini submarine that dumped the load as it was running out of diesel.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    Legalize it

    May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Fire Up !!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rob2tall

    sell it at auction to medical marijuana dispensaries in California and keep the profit

    May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Great day for the beach, isn't it?

    I'll see you all later. Time for a little beachcombing.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lucky

    They found it at 4:20 in the afternoon

    May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. FajitaBob

    Officer: Captain! We just found six tons of pot!
    Captain: Five tons of pot? Where's the four tons of pot?

    May 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Reasonable1

    Sell it and pay down at least a part of the national debt.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. worst writing ever

    Good job, cops. It's about time someone tried to stop the mexicans from taking american jobs.

    – California pot growers

    May 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Keepalowprofile

    lol... Right down the road from my former neighborhood. Glad to living in the wholesome mid-west.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
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