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. Portland tony

    Sounds kinda fishy to me. The whole story doesn't make sense. A "tipster" told authorities that this weed was floating off the coast and apparently wanted it saved? With no boats around, not even a fisherman? I'm sure even the banditos themselves aren't gonna call the cops to "save the bales". Something missing in this story ....maybe facts?

    May 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine5484

      Most likely they have an informant on the inside that tipped off the authorities on the shipment.

      May 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    These seaweed (stolen from a previous blogger) police look rather happy pushing the ton.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Billy

    Woo hoo! California gold rush.. 🙂

    May 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Russell

    This is the first evidence of an underwater marijuana volcano.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ronzoni

    At first I thought they said 4 tons of crack. But I said, that can't be, Oprah's not vacationing in California.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Arran Webb

    There was 9 tons when first discovered..? Then 6 tons when they got it on the trucks. Just 2 tons when they got back to base. Only 5 pounds when they got it in the safe. The next day there were 2 ounces brought out for examination. When they put it back in the safe it was a dime bag.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DNA

    How much did it cost to recover all that weed? Money wasted? Maybe not if they can distribute it to all the Cancer and AIDS patients who need it.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ug

    It was for odopey...

    May 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. momo0828

    This was probably a decoy drop used to get ten times as much weed somewhere else in the US.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rusty

    Just for medicinal, personal use I bet.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ModernMan

    I never catch anything good when I go fishing.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe Dirt

    obviously dropped from a plane

    May 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Herbert Hoover

    The drug gangs don't care that much. 90% still gets through to the US.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WhatWhatWhat?

    You know it's good weed when it's transported in bales!

    May 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Khloe Kardasian

    Oh man what an epic fail for the OWS movement, that was gonna be the next big push, smoke as much weed as possible then take a nap, forget going and trying to get a job

    May 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Maybe we could pretend we are true "American Patriots" and start another war somewhere in the Middle East and have 4500 troops killed and pretend it never happened.That is what conservatives do,or the greedy who start these wars of convenience in an effort to make war a profitable business

      May 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • RunfortheHills

      They don't want jobs, because they don't believe in economic exploitation. Working for a living is wrong to them.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • P0stuser

      Wasting $3.6 Million country's asset..!! Could have made Jobless people happy.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
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