Authorities found approximately four tons of marijuana with a street value of $3.6 million floating in the ocean off Dana Point, California, on Sunday. The bales of marijuana found floating in the waters off the south Orange County coastline was roughly 8,000 pounds of the drug, packed into more than 100 bales , and was found bobbing in the water just before noon Sunday by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. It took three boats to haul the marijuana into Dana Point Harbor.
The floating marijuana was found after authorities received a tip, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials said. The bales were spotted about 12 miles south of Dana Point. The pot was found with no suspected drug boats in the area. “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,” U.S. Border Patrol Agent Supervisor Michael Jimenez said in a statement.
“What’s more unusual is that the bales were floating with no boat in sight.” Jimenez said.