Federal agents intercepted a small motorboat ferrying nearly 3 1/2 tons of marijuana through the ocean about 140 miles south of San Diego over the weekend.

Coast Guard cutter Haddock off Coronado. USCG photo

Personnel with the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection detected the skiff and began tracking it Saturday night, according to USCG public affairs.

The crew of the cutter Haddock caught up with the boat and boarded it, finding 265 bales of cannabis with a combined weight of about 6,900 pounds. The personnel arrested the three men aboard and took them to San Diego along with the drug haul and the fishing vessel, arriving Sunday afternoon.

The marijuana and suspects were turned over to the interagency San Diego Marine Task Force, and the skiff was impounded by the CBP Office of Air and Marine.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.