160 Bales Of Marijuana Found At Sea

Los Angeles Post

About 15 miles off the coast of Dana Point a boater spotted some large bundles floating in the Pacific Ocean. Authorities were called when the mysterious packages were spotted, and three boats were sent out by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.  The mysterious packages turned out to be about 160 bales of marijuana.  Lt. Joe Balicki of the department said that more than 8000 pounds of marijuana were unloaded at the Dana Point Harbor. The marijuana is valued at over 4 million dollars.

The call came in around noon on Sunday after the boater spotted the bundles bobbing in the water.  The Border Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard were both called in to assist.  A Navy boat was also reportedly on the scene.  Most of the marijuana was brought in on a hired charter boat out of Huntington Beach, but it is as yet unclear who leased that boat.  However, authorities stated that there was no boat that has actually been associated with or connected to the floating bales.  No distress call was picked up from a vessel and it is not yet known who dumped the marijuana in the ocean off of Orange County’s coast.

The marijuana was packaged in heavy plastic and carefully duct-taped so that it would be waterproof to withstand the elements.  Each bundle seemed to be quite heavy and was described as being about the size of an engine block.  It took two or three men to lift each bundle onto the dock and then transfer it to a dolly so it could be taken to and loaded in the Border Patrol truck. Most of the pot was hauled in during the afternoon, and onlookers assumed the excitement was over, yet more bundles were brought in later in the evening. The investigation will be ongoing, and the Border Patrol is taking charge.  At present, it is definitely a mystery as to who packaged and dumped the pot in the ocean.


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