Authorities Find Floating Marijuana

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    The U.S. Coast Guard says crews found more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana floating in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego.

    Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Gawrelli said Friday the marijuana was divided into 77 bales and wrapped in plastic. It was found Wednesday about 35 miles west of Mission Beach.

    The find has been turned over to the Marine Task Force San Diego for disposal.

    Gawrelli says a Navy helicopter crew spotted the floating pot and Customs and Border Protection helped round it up.

    Gawrelli says investigators don't know how it got in the water. It might have been left for pick-up or the owner might have seen the Navy helicopter and ditched it. She says it was spread out over a wide area, not roped into one package.