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. maya zimba


    May 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marshall

    What makes a weed worth a million dollars a ton?

    May 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MrNoItAll

    They should replace federal Prohibition with a $100 per ounce Import Tax. Higher grades would fetch that tax and there would be fewer attempts to smuggle this low-mid grade garbage,

    May 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ladydi

    Can wet weed be smoked?

    May 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roberto La Monica

      Dry it and try it. It still will contain THC but probably won't taste good. So wash it and make butter with it or olive oil.

      May 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. average dude

    Why can't I ever find something like this

    May 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roberto La Monica

      Because you are just and "average dude". Try changing to "better than average dude".

      May 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PumpNDump

    The "war on drugs" is a complete and total failure and a boondoogle to enrich law enforcement to justify their bloated budgets and useless actions.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |

    What makes weed worth a million dollars a ton?
    That some 10,000 to 20,000 thousand or more americans are willing to buy it at that price.
    Better be damn hood weed though as the price of mexican weed is not that high, no pun intended.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lou Cypher

    Someone will have to explain to a homicidal trafficker that a few of his bales just happened to fall off the back of the boat.

    If he doesn't believe you, you get whacked.
    If he believes you, you get whacked.
    Either way, you get whacked.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    I noticed that many on here are against the legalization of marijuana if you smoke it. I have somenone close to me that has beginning stages of Alzheimers. The studies out of Florida have said that marijuana breaks up plaque in the brain. You do not have to smoke it and they make it more concentrated in chocolate, lollypop form, and foods.
    A doctor in Calif. first noticed in the 80's that Aids and Hiv patients were smoking marijuana and those that did kept weight on and were less naseated.
    Missouri will be voting on making it legal in November. I would like to say that if we make it legal we should also keep tabs on the value and who it helps. We should make it a test section of the united states to keep an eye and inform other states on the cancers, alzs, hiv, aids, depression, bi-polar, and other diseases that it seems to help.
    I support smoking instead of people drinking while they drive. I just cannot imagine the senior citizens smoking and driving

    May 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peter

    Dana Point, CA fast food establishments have run out of food as a result of an onslaught of business from authorities from the Border Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Orange County sheriff's office.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • vp

      I think you're implying that the Government enforced the laws and that MANY businesses were illegally employing illegal aliens.

      When do they go to jail?
      How much were they fined?

      May 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Seyedibar

    bummer. can it be saved?

    May 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JDub

    High tide

    May 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |

    In NW WA years a litle less was found washing up along Nativeo American owned tide lands,upon hearing the news more damn fishing boats decended upon those waters than had been there a full total.
    Busiest week my friends restsurants and gas stations ever had
    Tried to talk them into finfing me gor a grow operation but they declined.
    Not for sale you understand; I figured we'throw a couple of bales on the ocean during the slow times between tourist and fishing seasons.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey

    lol the cops are stoked

    May 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. whisperchinese

    Reblogged this on whisperchinese.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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