Coast Guard crews apprehend 2 swimmers with 125 pound marijuana bales

ALAMEDA, Calif. - U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91105 members patrol the San Francisco Bay, Thursday, March 18, 2010, in a 25-foot Response Boat. MSSTs provide waterborne and shore side anti-terrorism force protection for strategic shipping, high interest vessels and critical infrastructure. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa Leake)

USCG file photo

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Coast Guard crews apprehended two young men swimming with bales of marijuana in the Brownsville Ship Channel, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station South Padre Island received the call at approximately 3:30 p.m. from a commercial vessel that spotted the young men in the channel.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small and crew, and a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat and crew from Station South Padre Island, as well as a HU-25 Falcon jet from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi were dispatched to the scene. The boat crews picked up the two swimmers and confiscated the marijuana bales, which weighed approximately 125 lbs., in the ship channel at approximately 4 p.m.

The following agencies were also involved:

  • Cameron County Sheriff’s Department
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Customs and Border Protection

Both young men were juveniles, and they were taken to Station South Padre Island and turned over to authorities.


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