Thousands of Pounds of Pot Found Floating off California Coast
According to reports Harbor patrol officers found nearly 8000 pounds of marijuana floating off the coast of Orange County. The marijuana was packed in bales and was worth around $3.6 million. The pot was spotted on Sunday May 20, 2012 and was reported by a boater, who saw them floating around 15 miles offshore, to the maritime law enforcement.
All 160 bales were floating in the water off the coast of Orange County, near Dana Point and the weight totaled 7,263 pounds. Three harbor patrol boats and a coast guard cutter were needed to retrieve the floating marijuana from the water.
Border patrol agent supervisor Michael Jimenez said: "At other events, they've dumped the bales to get rid of weight if they're being chased," he said. "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."
No vessel or suspects have been identified .