SAN DIEGO – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine (OAM) crew boarded an unoccupied pleasure craft moored at the San Diego Bay on Monday and discovered approximately 1600 pounds of marijuana onboard.
On Sept. 21, at around 6pm, Marine Interdiction Agents on an OAM Midnight Express Interceptor was on patrol in the San Diego Bay near Harbor Island when they noticed a 33-foot Sea Ray vessel in a slip at the marina.
A Border Patrol canine team was called to the area to conduct a canine sniff of the vessel. A positive alert was generated for the presence of drugs. Marine Interdiction Agents conducted a search and discovered numerous bales of marijuana within the vessel’s cabin.
The OAM agents towed the Sea Ray to a dock at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego for a closer inspection and a more thorough search. Agents pulled around 1600 pounds of marijuana from the vessel. The marijuana had an estimated street value of $960,000.
“The collaborative and quick efforts of our DHS maritime partners enabled us to pull this boat off the water and dispose of its illegal cargo before being pushed and sold in our communities,” said Jeremy Thompson, Director, Marine Operations at the San Diego Air and Marine Branch.
OAM Marine Interdiction Agents seized the boat. There were no arrests and no owner of the boat was identified. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations agents took possession of the marijuana.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.