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Marijuana found floating off OC said to be worth $4 million

May 21, 2012 |  2:30 pm

   The bales of marijuana found floating in the waters off the south Orange County coastline have a street value of about $4 million, authorities said Monday.

Roughly 8,000 pounds of the drug -- bound into more than 100 bales -- 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.

Authorities are continuing to investigate how the marijuana got there, and the Border Patrol asks that anyone with information or who spots something similar in coastal waters call the Regional Maritime Coordination Center in Long Beach at (310) 521-3801.

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