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Sea weed: 50 smuggled tons of marijuana seized off SoCal coast



This is what approximately eight tons of marijuana looks like. (Image taken at a 2009 bust in San Diego.)
This is what approximately eight tons of marijuana looks like. (Image taken at a 2009 bust in San Diego.)
Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard/PA3 Henry G. Dunphy

With the Coast Guard catching 8,500 pounds of green cargo on Wednesday, authorities say they've now seized an overwhelming 50 tons of marijuana from smuggling boats off the coast of Southern California so far this fiscal year.

The quantity of incoming sea weed -- four times the amount seized in the entire previous fiscal year -- has an estimated street value of $90.7 million.

Maritime smuggling, of people and drugs, has expanded from the U.S./Mexican border, to as far north as Santa Barbara County, say officials.