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. pprty

    Drat! Now more from back East will be moving to California!

    May 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tommy

    In a related story, a marlin and two dolphins got the munchies.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rich

    Sounds like a Cheech y Chong Kon-Tiki adventure to me! They're probably still floating out there somewhere.......

    May 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Johnna

    The cartel who lost that load will make sure heads will roll, literally.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mrmagoo

    can ya break me off some of that?

    May 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |

    Fusherman along the Columbia River had been wondering ehat was delaying Summer Run Steelhead and Salmon,mow they know.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    Why are the authorities wasting gas money and time with this...its non toxic...maybe the plastic was the problem?

    May 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John Y

    Save The Bales!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honest Truth


      May 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paul

    The state of California is so broke financially, the state should sell it to cover some of their deficit! Really a gift from Mexico drug cartel.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cali Baby

      it really was. But they will probably sink some money in people to get rid of it. So more net loss for a dumb, dumb state.

      May 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peter

    “It is because it's prohibited. See, if you look at the drug war from a purely economic point of view, the role of the government is to protect the drug cartel. That's literally true.”
    ― Milton Friedman

    May 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cali Baby

    People think they can just take my stuff outa the water just like that eh?? We'll see about thaT!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. roy

    Why not keep the pot and dump cigarettes in the ocean for whale food – cigarettes are worse health hazzards but taxable what counts in America.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. On StreetWise

    Some more of the stupid waste of time, effort, money and lost of tax revenue, where the government needs to use to recover our economy... get real, instead of more losers chasing ghosts!

    May 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. busybody

    Man, wish I would have been baoting around that area when they got dumped!!!!! Would have been a huge score,spleef for everybody!!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. busybody

    Hopefully no sharks got ot it or there will be added reports of people being attacked due to sharks having a huge case of the munchies! They gotta find the yum yums

    May 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
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