A ton of marijuana seized, 8 arrested in high-seas bust
Eight men were arrested when the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted two boats near Santa Catalina Island. The Coast Guard said one boat was carrying a ton of marijuana.
Coast Guard crews were patrolling the waters Tuesday night when they spotted two vessels on radar, Petty Officer Adam Eggers told the Los Angeles Daily News.
A short pursuit ensued, ending at 11:45 p.m. with the arrest of four men who were aboard the boat allegedly containing the marijuana. The other four were in a separate vessel, but were also taken into custody, Eggers said.
The men -- and the illicit cargo -- were transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, authorities said. The U.S. attorney's office is expected to file drug trafficking charges against the four men on the boat carrying the drugs.
-- Angel Jennings
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