Distress call leads Coast Guard to 1,200 pounds of marijuana at sea

Two arrests were made
Posted at 3:21 PM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 18:37:48-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday the arrest of two people and seizure of 1,200 pounds of suspected marijuana after it received a distress call near Point Loma Sunday morning.

The call was placed at 9:30 a.m. to the Coast Guard and indicated the person was aboard a vessel 29 miles southwest of Point Loma that was experiencing battery trouble. 

When members of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter patrol boat boarded the vessel in distress, they noticed multiple packages of suspected marijuana, officials said. 

The two people aboard the vessel and the suspected marijuana were transferred the custody of the San Diego Marine Task Force pending prosecution.   

"I am extremely proud of the hard work and diligence of the crew," Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin Eaton said. "Working together with multiple Coast Guard assets we were able to make another seizure and slow down the flow of illegal drugs into America."