Coast Guard is totally harshing my mellow, dude

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak stack nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana at the Bas

Crew members aboard Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak, stack nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana at the Base Support Unit Miami June 3. Cutter Edisto recovered a ton of marijuana, 40 miles southwest of San Diego on Oct. 15 // Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Elgammal

The Coast Guard, by any measure, is a fairly busy bunch. The amount its 42,000-odd members accomplish with a budget just over $10 billion is worthy of note.

Its latest accomplishment? The service says it seized approximately 1,000 pounds of marijuana (pot, hydro, righteous bush, reefer, buds) when a C-130 spotted a suspicious vessel about 40 miles from San Diego. The release reads:

Early Friday morning a Coast Guard C-130 patrol aircraft, based in Sacramento, Calif., sighted a suspicious vessel, about 40 miles from San Diego. A Coast Guard patrol boat was diverted to intercept the vessel, and Mexican authorities were notified.

The cutter did not intercept the speedboat, but as it headed toward the craft, the speedboat’s crew was observed throwing bales into the water. The Coast Guard recovered the bales from the water, which later tested positive as marijuana.

The bales of marijuana were offloaded from the Edisto and custody of the bales was transferred to Maritime Task Force San Diego.

That’s a lot of pot; more than even Snoop Dogg could smoke in a year.


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