On Tuesday, the US Navy discovered almost 10 tons of marijuana floating in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego after drug traffickers dumped the drugs and escaped without being caught.
A navy aircraft carrier approached 3 boats that were floating off the coast. The traffickers on the boats immediately started unloading their boats and sped off. Officers on the aircraft carrier Nimitz, missile cruiser Princeton, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6, Helicopter Maritime Squadron 75, and members of Mexico’s navy worked together to make the recovery.
In all, there were 18,600 pounds of marijuana contained in the 186 bales that the navy pulled from the water. The traffickers got away, and it is unclear if there are any leads as to who could be responsible for the massive drug shipment.
Jeff Ruth, Minitz commanding officer, commended the sailors for how they handled the situation. “The crew’s response was amazing. To operationally shift gears quickly and safely from carrier qualifications to a real-world response shows what true professionals work here.”