AVALON (AP)—Authorities found 1,300 pounds of marijuana wrapped in plastic floating in the sea near Catalina Island on Aug. 13.
A bystander reported seeing what they believed to be narcotics floating near the island, said the U.S. Coast Guard in a news release. The Coast Guard and coastal law enforcement crews rode boats into the area and found 43 bales of marijuana.
The plastic-wrapped bales were transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which confirmed the bales consisted of marijuana weighing approximately 1,300 pounds and an estimated value of $1 million, the Coast Guard said.
Federal investigators did not know where the bales came from and are continuing to investigate.