Monday, May 21, 2012

Tons of Marijuana found floating off Calif. coast

 Orange County, Calif- Nearly 4 tons of illegal marijuana was discovered floating off a California coast by police Sunday. Now authorities are asking why someone would throw away millions.

Border Patrol Agents, Orange County sheriff's department and the U.S. Coast Guard filled the waters just south of Los Angeles Sunday morning, after a report of strange bundles floating in the Pacific Ocean.

"Shortly before noon on Sunday, May 20, maritime law enforcement authorities received a tip about suspicious bales floating in the water off the coast of Orange County, near Dana Point," said Michael Jimenez, border patrol agent.

Law enforcement recovered 7,263 pounds of marijuana total, the street value was estimated about $3.6 million. Authorities believe it to be apart of a large marijuana moving operation and load was dumped during a shipment. $3.6 million may seem like a lot, but for the size of most shipments, and when push comes to stove, $3.6 million is small potatoes.

"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," Jimenez added, as reported by the Orange County Register.

No Boat was ever reported or discovered, and there is no suspects. Meanwhile Police will probably end up destroying the marijuana, which could have been an extra few million for the country.

Tons of Marijuana found floating off Calif. coast - Phoenix Cannabis Culture | Examiner.com