The crew of US Coast Guard Cutter Adelie interdicted an estimated 2,900 pounds of marijuana and detained two people off the coast of Point Loma, California, Saturday.
The bust is the second interdiction of illegal drugs by Washington-based patrol boats within the last week. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish interdicted 24 kilograms of 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) near the San Juan Islands Thursday.
As part of a coordinated effort with the San Diego Regional Coordinating Mechanism, the crew of the Adelie, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles, discovered bales of suspected marijuana during a routine boarding of the 43-foot sport-fishing vessel Pasa Tiempo.
The vessel and a total of 168 bales of contraband were seized, and the two people aboard the vessel were taken into custody.
The crew escorted the Pasa Tiempo to San Diego, where Coast Guard personnel and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Offices of Field Operations, Office of Air and Marine interdiction agents conducted an interagency boarding.