Feds Haul in $2M of Pot Dumped in Ocean

Smuggling boats took off for Mexico once spotted
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2014 1:07 PM CDT
Marijuana plants at a cooperative in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – Federal officials say nearly $2 million worth of marijuana that was tossed into the ocean from two suspected smuggling boats has been recovered about 160 miles off the coast of San Diego. A spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection tells the Union-Tribune that more than 130 bales of pot, weighing about 3,300 pounds, were pulled from the water. Earlier, a boater reported seeing a three-engine panga-style boat loaded with bales and fuel barrels. A CBP air crew spotted the 40-foot panga in international waters and saw two passengers tossing bales overboard before fleeing toward Mexico. Another loaded boat was later spotted near the same area by a CBP plane. Four passengers tossed bales in the water before fleeing.

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