$1M in pot on beach: Air Force officials said that a large quantity of pot worth more than $1 million was found nearby on the beach.
Officials said that at least $1 million worth of marijuana bales were left near a boat that crashed on a beach in Southern California.
The pot washed up on the shore near Vandenberg Air Force Base, according to a statement issued on Friday. Officials said the marijuana was discovered “near an overturned boat north of Wall Beach.”
It was later taken away by Homeland Security authorities. The base said it is coming up with a plan to remove the boat, motor, and fuel.
“Earlier this afternoon, our defenders discovered what appeared to be a large stash of illegal narcotics on our beach here at Vandenberg Air Force Base,” Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander, told the Santa Maria Times.
According to video footage released by the base, Armagno said the bales of marijuana “are about six feet tall.”
The base increased its security following the discovery of the drugs.
Armagno said, “We immediately secured the scene and started searching the beaches and the local area.”
After a search, no weapons or suspects were discovered on or near the base.
“We have determined that there is no threat to the base and the local community,” she continued. “What it looks like to me are large bags, kind of like dark-colored trash bags, wrapped up and stacked, and actually they have been covered in what looks like an attempt to camouflage them with brush,” Armagno added.
The boat was described as a 20-foot aluminum vessel.
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