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3,000 Pounds of Marijuana Found Floating in Ocean

A fresh shipment of marijuana will not be coming to anyone who might have been waiting for it in the Temecula area, following the discovery and seizure of 77 bales of the stuff south of here.

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 8:31 p.m. to include a quote from Petty Officer Third Class Connie Gawrelli.

Thousands of pounds of marijuana will not be coming Temecula's way, following the discovery of 77 bales of the drug floating in international waters south of here, authorities said.

The bales contained about 3,200 pounds of marijuana, officials said.

The U.S Coast Guard -- using cutter and response boat crews -- retrieved the bales Wednesday, with the help of Coast Guard Jayhawk and Border Patrol Blackhawk helicopter crews, according to Petty Officer Third Class Connie Gawrelli.

"It was floating about 30 miles off Mission Beach," Gawrelli told Patch in a telephone interview.

The distance of up to 12 miles out to sea comprises territorial waters.

Gawrelli said the seizure of the drugs was "effectively keeping them off the street," in every city north of San Diego.

"We don't know if it was a smuggler that got spooked by the helicopter and jettisoned the bales," Gawrelli said.

The bales might also have been put out to sea for a boat crew to pick up, she said.

"They actually had to do quite a search to get all the bales collected," Gawrelli told Patch.

The U.S. Navy contacted Coast Guard Sector San Diego Wednesday evening, after a Navy helicopter crew spotted several bales of marijuana floating in international waters west of Mission Bay, Gawrelli said.

The drugs have been turned over to the U.S. Marine Task Force San Diego for disposal. 

An investigation into the origin of the drugs was undertaken.

TVOR October 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Her comment was it will not be coming to Temecula. That is a true statement. Whether it would have come here otherwise, who knows?
Only my thought October 13, 2012 at 01:31 AM
@ Dog and Mike well said I was wondering the same thing
Brenda October 13, 2012 at 02:40 AM
It wont be going to Santa Ana either.
Garrett October 13, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Apparently all drugs that come from the ocean or south of here are destined for Temecula. Love how they try to write the news like Temecula is some drug capital and we must be the only city who has a drug problem. Way to live in your little bubble Mirna.
Brenda October 13, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I was going to say the same about you Garrett. But I do not call or insinuate names or name calling. I do not know what part of her article you do not understand, or even WHY you have to insult Mirna in the comments section? Does it make any of you feel good about yourself or better then her? More informed then her? Is it that you guys want her job? LOL, I just have never seen such a thing as readers constantly ripping into the editors of articles. Temecula is a nice spot on the road to moving drugs around and alot safer to go through then Orange County by far. You would also know that the amount of drugs brought, manufactured, grown, into Riverside County, all the cities is phenominal. Its a perfect way point to head to other part of California, Arizona, Vegas, and keep on going with all the freeways intersecting here or San Berdoo. If you look back through the paper you should find some articles on border patrol and police department mostly pulling over cars for one reason in Temecula and end up finding thousands andhundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs packaged for sale. One of the Last ones was a truck with two white boys/men from LA. Go figure. But really she says exactly what she meant, that is not pot that wlll get to Temecula, and I dont know why someone would misconstrue what she said or bother bashing her about it.
LBV Collins October 13, 2012 at 03:46 AM
'Gawrelli said the seizure of the drugs was "effectively keeping them off the street," ' LOLOLOLOLOL!!! And so was just letting them float to the Philippines!
KB October 13, 2012 at 05:34 AM
The only noteworthy part of this story is that plastic bags were taken out of the ocean. As for the weed itself, BFD.
Brenda October 13, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Wonder if any boats would have come across them floating to the Philippines instead of the Navy Copter and what they would have done with it? Good eyes Navy dudes to spot them. Ahh KB, I would like to agree with you 100% but to see these kids, just like 10, 11, 12 smoking this stuff does not bode well with me. Being disabled, I have my card, just didnt use it thinking my kids would then think it was OK. They are all over 18 now~~~~ WOOT!! But I do agree with the people who say that if its legal like alcohol(good gawd put some limits on booze instead) then we wont have the issues of growing selling etc for profit cause of the supply and demand, prices will go downnnn. Its the young ones I see loaded to the gills as cops take em out of the school, still wet behind the ears. :/ Hell these kids are doing meth, pot w/the toppings, black heroin, ecstasy, inhaling anything they can get their hands on (thanks to craft stores and paraphenalia shops), even that stuff ahh Demi Moore was doing, puffing it out of balloons you buy already filled with the stuff. These kids make their own mixtures with the batteries, manure, the huge sharpie pens you buy at craft stores(course the kids steal them if they dont have enough money from mommy and daddy). They also use these thick balloons to put the sharpie in so that it makes the inhalation more concentrated then inhaling the tip. Its horrible that its all over the internet how to do these things :/
keepn it real October 13, 2012 at 01:27 PM
How silly I would rather have all of the pot in temecula then all of the meth and heironthat we have . I have never seen a pot smoker do any thing but laugh hard sleep well and eat food. I think calif should make it legal and get out of debt tax it and we could recover from the bad times. POT isn't the problem people wake up its 2012 ...
JJ Mclure October 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM
tell that the the CHP when they pull pot heads from car accidents
Mike October 13, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Duh pot heads don't crash cars ,... Wine tasters do every weekend out on rancho California road. Meth and heroine yes bad . Pot is no worse than a cocktail drinker except you can still talk and it does not make for an obnoxious drunk. I laugh every year when the school posts drug free zone banners and posters all over . Yet push Ritalin on creative kids while the teachers are on antidepressants, Advil and an assortment of other prescriptions , With nightly glass of wine ..........Yes Drug free all right! P.S I don't smoke pot but been around enough to not be stupid enough to bundle it with meth and heroine that is fear based stupidity. That is like saying if a dentist freezes s tooth it will lead to Inhaling paint cans . Or having one glass of wine with dinner will lead to a 60 ounce bottle a day vodka habit Try and bring back prohibition
FlyingTooLow October 13, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Actually, 3,000 pounds is not that much. I was busted in 1981 for 12,000 pounds. In that era, the DEA claimed that 40 tons per day were being consumed in the US. My 6 tons was a measly 3 1/2 hour supply. Yet, I still spent 5 years in Federal Prison for that 'indiscretion.' I wrote about the great times I had that led to my arrest: Shoulda Robbed a Bank I would be honored by your review. Peace.
keepn it real October 13, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I total agree with mike but drinking and driving. And people talking on their phones is way more. Scarey then pot . And chp should be looking out for those on their cell phones they ar a big danger
Crash Croggins October 13, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Mike, I totally agree. Mentioning Temecula is just plain wrong and weird.
Brenda October 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I was just saying it is with the young young ones. Legal over 18/21 is ok, but with these young ones thinking its awesome,peer, makes them older, blah blah, when they need to be able to concentrate............
Brenda October 13, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Hey Flying, Well to a old gal like me its alot, LOL. When I go to using it for my aches and pains soon, I will let you know how much I go thru. :) I went and read your reviews from all over and you certainly dont seem to need anymore GREAT ones. Everywhere I turned, on every site there was fabulous comments on your book and you. I do not read much anymore but I will be ordering this book and read it as soon as I can. The descriptions of the funny moments, your way of bringing laughter into serious moments is right up my alley. Thanks for giving us a heads up on it.
Brenda October 13, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I must read totally different then you Crash. I read it like it says, this is 3000lbs of Marijuana we will not see in Temecula. If she writes for Temecula, would she say Santa Ana? Or ahh Los Angeles? LOL, I don't get the confusion at all. Also maybe there was word on the streets that they were a bit short on Mari this week because of a lost shipment. You know writers do have their sources and they sure arent going to name them or brag about it.
trenchf00t October 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Weedberg! Right ahead! Hard to starboard, or ye scurvy dogs will find yerselves in Davey Jones' locker, yaarrr!
FlyingTooLow October 14, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Brenda...you made my day... I look forward to your review... Stay safe, pain free, and happy... What else is there in this life??? Keep on smilin'.... And give yourself a hug... A million thanks for your reply, Brenda.... I wish you nothing but the very best, Hugh
Crash Croggins October 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM
This isn't a local story, or at least it doesn't say its linked to Temecula in anyway, so not sure why its on the "Temecula Patch" page? Not a big deal, just seems odd to me, an others it seems as well.
Ronney James October 14, 2012 at 03:15 AM
This story should not be on Temecula Patch.
Brenda October 14, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Crash, I think its because when one area interests some of us its printed here in the Patch Also. Most of us are interested in the amount of drugs that are found, confiscated in So Cal. and also shows us what a great job our guys and gals out there do to get even 3000lbs. Everyone is interested in the fight on drugs, and if you arent you just dont have to click on that article right? LOL. Its simple. Now we get alot of drunk drivers, alot of crashes, deaths, serious injury cases here in Temecula and it outrages alot of us, some of us write letters, make phone calls, emails to folks who might care and might try to help do something about it. So its not unusual if one of the editors included a case of a skate board rider getting hit by a drunk driver in Moreno Valley. If its things that are the same type of issue in Temecula, then it interests us. :)
Brenda October 14, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Copy to Ronney ;) I think its because when one area interests some of us its printed here in the Patch Also. Most of us are interested in the amount of drugs that are found, confiscated in So Cal. and also shows us what a great job our guys and gals out there do to get even 3000lbs. Everyone is interested in the fight on drugs, and if you arent you just dont have to click on that article right? LOL. Its simple. Now we get alot of drunk drivers, alot of crashes, deaths, serious injury cases here in Temecula and it outrages alot of us, some of us write letters, make phone calls, emails to folks who might care and might try to help do something about it. So its not unusual if one of the editors included a case of a skate board rider getting hit by a drunk driver in Moreno Valley. If its things that are the same type of issue in Temecula, then it interests us. :)
Galactic Cannibal October 14, 2012 at 07:51 PM
How many millions of American children are on drugs like Ritalin (a dumb down drug)? These drugs (Marijuana)are coming to willing buyers , Americans who have the cash to buy them . There has never been a one sided coin. Sadly most redneck Americans (and there are millions and millions of them ) don't understand that. Demand and Supply.. Americans demand and Mexicans supply. Get over it, and it ain't gonna stop.
FlyingTooLow October 14, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I am curious, Galactic Cannibal...what is your definition of a '...redneck American...' I am sincere in my question.
Galactic Cannibal October 15, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Reply to .....FTL... Hey Dude or Dudess A redneck American is, first a bigot. And second a poorly educated person from rural , urban , or suburban America. They generally drink watery cheap beer. Their education and conditioning is gained from local TV stations and heresay.. They go to Church and read the bible.. Generally they have never travelled outside the state they were born in. They have never travelled outside the USA except for those who join the Military. They love Rottweiler's and Pit Bulls. Have a happy Halloween ...don't forget to buy from KMART . China's biggest retail customer .
Gandhi October 15, 2012 at 08:58 AM
Sounds like a loss of a lot of hemp oil that is one of the best cancer cures on the planet!!
FlyingTooLow October 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Good definition...especially '...a bigot..' Happy Halloween
Winchester Collection October 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I never thought of myself as a Redneck but I guess based on this definition I must be a REDNECK!!! Or slowly becoming one.
FlyingTooLow October 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM
@Winchester Collection.... Galactic Cannibal nailed his own ass to the wall... He is a bigot... Read his post again... And think about what he is saying... He describes himself..."A redneck American is, first a bigot" big·ot   /ˈbɪgət/ Show Spelled[big-uht] Show IPA noun a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

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