Coast Guard Recovers Tons of Marijuana

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A Coast Guard cutter crew recovered tons of narcotics from the water off the Southern California coast.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert, a 210-foot cutter home-ported in Astoria, recovered more than 3.3 tons of marijuana from the Pacific Ocean approximately 90 miles west of San Nicolas Island, California, on Sunday morning.

A Sacramento-based Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft located the suspected smugglers’ vessel during a routine offshore patrol.

The Coast Guard says the suspects began jettisoning bales as the boat sped south at a high rate of speed. The C-130 vectored the Alert to the area where the crew recovered more than 245 bales of contraband.