Distress call leads Coast Guard to 1200 pounds of marijuana at sea

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 9, 2017

An alleged drug trafficker called the San Diego Coast Guard for help with a dead boat battery - but the assistance received was probably not what the suspected smugglers wanted.

That's what happened on Sunday morning in San Diego, leading to the seizure of 1,200 pounds of marijuana, the US Coast Guard said Tuesday.

More than 50 bundles of marijuana wrapped in plastic were discovered. Two people on board were detained and handed over to police for potential prosecution.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Destin 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew in response.

"This rescue is a good reminder that life jackets are always essential regardless how safe and harmless an activity seems", said Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Brazier, chief duty officer, Sector Puget Sound command center.

"Working together with multiple Coast Guard assets we were able to make another seizure and slow down the flow of illegal drugs into America".

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