A smuggler's vessel rammed a small U.S. Coast Guard boat deployed by the cutter Halibut, off the Southern California coast early Sunday Dec. 2, 2012, killing one Coast Guard member and injuring another, authorities said. The cutter was conducting an investigation into suspected smuggling near the Channel Islands west of Malibu. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard/Steve Lee)
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ALAMEDA, Calif. —
A U.S. Coast Guard crew based in Alameda seized more than 2,400 pounds of marijuana from a boat off of the Southern California coast on Friday, according to Coast Guard officials.
The suspect boat was spotted Friday by the crew of a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft about 300 miles west of San Diego, Coast Guard officials said. People on the boat were seen throwing bales overboard as the plane approached.
The Alameda-based cutter Waesche, which was patrolling the waters nearby, responded, using an onboard helicopter and a boarding team on a small boat to intercept the suspected smugglers, according to the Coast Guard.
A law enforcement team on the Waesche arrested three suspects and recovered 70 floating bales, which tested positive for marijuana.
The Waesche is a 418-foot National Security Cutter and the second in a new class of Coast Guard ships designed to execute a variety of missions, according to the Coast Guard.
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