Sacto 9-1-1
April 3, 2013
Sacramento Coast Guard spots boat with 3 tons of marijuana

A Sacramento-based Coast Guard air crew helped recover 3.3 tons of marijuana from the ocean on Sunday off the coast of Southern California.

The crew of the Coast Guard C-130 Hercules, based in Sacramento, spotted a suspected smuggler's vessel during a routine patrol, according to the Coast Guard. Sailors on the suspected smugglers boat began throwing bales of marijuana overboard and sped south.

The C-130 crew provided the location of the ship, about 90 miles west of San Nicolas Island, to the Coast Guard Cutter Alert. The cutter responded to recover 245 bales of marijuana.

San Nicolas Island is one of the Channel Islands 60 miles off the coast from Los Angeles. Coast Guard crews regularly patrol the waters off the coast to disrupt smuggling of illegal migrants and drugs, according to a Coast Guard press release.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About Sacto 9-1-1

Sacto 9-1-1 is a blog on crime and emergency services news in the Sacramento region.

Send feedback on Sacto 9-1-1 to Assistant Metro Editor Anthony Sorci at

Subscribe to Breaking News Alerts

Arrest Logs

Sacto 9-1-1 Q&A

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues. QUESTION: A couple of years ago, a Sacramento tax attorney named Roni Deutch was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Justice. She was accused of bilking clients out of millions and defying a court (Read More)

More Questions and Answers
See all the crime Q&As
Submit your question

March 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives

Kim Minugh on Twitter

Follow "Kim_Minugh" on Twitter

Local Agencies on Twitter