Thirty bales containing an estimated $500,000 worth of marijuana was recovered by authorities approximately six miles off the coast of Marina del Rey Feb. 1, sheriff’s officials said.

Authorities were alerted by a recreational boater to the presence of the containers floating approximately six nautical miles northwest of the Marina harbor entrance, said Sgt. Mike Carilles of the Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station.

Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Marine Operations patrol deputies worked in conjunction with Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards to recover the marijuana bales weighing more than 900 pounds, Carilles said.

The marijuana packages were taken to the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station and transferred to the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Carilles said.

The investigation of the maritime smuggling incident was being handled by the Los Angeles Border Enforcement Security Taskforce, United States Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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