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Coast Guard seizes 8,500 pounds of pot in waters off Los Angeles

From the LA Times:


July 26, 2012 |  9:41 pm
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Crew members on a U.S. Coast Guard cutter on Wednesday seized 8,500 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $7.7 million. (Los Angeles Times)

The pot was confiscated from a Mexican "panga" boat about 160 miles west of Los Angeles by crew members of the San Francisco-based cutter Aspen, the Coast Guard said. The drug was packaged in more than 340 bales.
"Law enforcement authorities have seen an increase in waterborne smuggling of illicit drugs, as well as illegal immigrants, from the U.S.-Mexico border as far north as Santa Barbara County," Capt. James Jenkins, commander of the Coast Guard’s Los Angeles/Long Beach sector, said in a statement.
The marijuana was taken to Terminal Island, where the bales were loaded Wednesday evening onto trucks.
 Captain Jenkins may not know it, but he just killed his career. His statement is in direct contradiction to what Obama has been spouting to We the People since he sashayed into the Oval Office. Contradicting the president is not conducive to 'career progression' for professional officers.
For more on Obama and immigration, see this less-than-flattering opinion piece:

An interesting footnote: USCGC Aspen is one of the new Juniper-class buoy tender cutters:


USCGC Aspen


Juniper-class cutters


and ...


Panga boat