“Weirdest thing I saw in my life,” says Terry Smith, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy who has been patrolling the county’s harbors and coast for 50 years.
A fisherman reported the mysterious bales popping up, one by one, above the surface of the sea about two miles off San Mateo Point, near Trestles. The bales turned out to be 14,000 pounds of marijuana — about $3 million worth.
“We never did figure out where they came from,” Smith says of the dope, seized by the OCSD Harbor Patrol about a decade ago. Drug smugglers, he says, may have hidden them under the water using a time-release mechanism.
SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 11, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner’s Division has identified the victim of a vehicle crash from 27 years ago, bringing closure to her family after many years.
Coroner’s officials on Thursday, May 4, received confirmation the 26-year-old woman struck and killed by two vehicles on April 1, 1990 as she crossed Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach was Andrea Kuiper of Fairfax, Va.
SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 5, 2017) – Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators are seeking the public’s assistance to track down additional information and witnesses in the March 23 homicide of 19-year-old Jonathan Ramirez.
SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 4, 2017) –Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Detail (SVD) and the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) on Thursday, May 4, arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a boy under age 18 and furnishing the minor with marijuana and controlled substances.
SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 4, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) call upon bicycle riders and motorists alike to be cautious during May’s National Bicycle Safety Month, and every other month during the year.
LAGUNA WOODS, Ca. (May 2, 2017) – Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators are seeking additional victims of a man who posed as an air conditioning maintenance worker to gain entry to residents’ homes and burglarize the residence.
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