Navy seizes nearly 10 tons of marijuana dumped in the Pacific Ocean
(CBS/AP) SAN DIEGO - An aircraft carrier group recovered nearly 10 tons - an estimated 19,000 pounds - of marijuana dumped from small boats in the Pacific Ocean over the weekend near California's border with Mexico, the U.S. Navy said.
The Navy said Tuesday that two single-engine boats - each about 25 feet long - were spotted about 15 hours apart on Saturday.
People aboard the boats dumped plastic bags into the water and the boats escaped before authorities arrived.
Authorities recovered about four tons of marijuana from the first boast and nearly six tons from the second. The carrier USS Nimitz and cruiser USS Princeton were assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican Navy.
Lt. Aaron Kakiel said no one was captured. The boats were seized in international waters about 85 miles off the Mexican coast.