Newport Beach Yacht Seized With Epic Haul Of Weed

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U.S. Coast Guard
The S.S. Bobby Z?
In his breakthrough novel The Death and Life of Bobby Z, author Don Winslow wrote about a homeless acid casualty from the 1960s nicknamed "One Way," who wandered up and down the Orange County coastline talking to nobody in particular. One Way's favorite conversational topic: the imminent arrival of a yacht full of Thai stick weed helmed by the long-missing Bobby Z, a legendary hippie pot smuggler.

Without giving away the book's plot, am I the only one wondering if it was Bobby Z who was behind the activities that took place in Newport Harbor at around 1 a.m. today when law enforcement authorities spotted a suspicious looking vessel cruising to the docks?

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, agents who were part of a 45-foot response boat that was on routine patrol last night spotted the sailboat as it attempted to enter the harbor. " As the crew approached the sailboat, the pilot reportedly veered to the right and ran the sailboat onto the beach," the Coast Guard's press release states. "Two people reportedly jumped from the sailboat and ran away. Coast Guard crewmembers docked their boat and made their way to the beached vessel where they reportedly discovered approximately 80 to 90 bales of marijuana."

Investigators with the multi-agency Los Angeles Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (LA BEST) task force are working the case, hoping to learn the identity of the smugglers. But given the size of the haul (epic) as well as the location of the boat (sailing distance from Mexico, not to mention the name of the task force, it's safe to assume the yacht wasn't coming from Eureka. Adios a la mota y hasta luego, cabrones!

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OldUncleDave
OldUncleDave

"law enforcement authorities spotted a suspicious looking vessel cruising to the docks"

What the hell is a "suspicious looking vessel" anyway?  Was it flying a pot leaf flag?  Was it named the Mary Jane? What makes one boat "suspicious" and another not?   

Tommy Walas
Tommy Walas

meanwhile cigarettes, alcohol, and pills are advertised.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Wow closing all the dispensaries really cut down on crime and smuggling from south of the border eh? Quick!! Someone call Lou Correa!

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