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Marijuana Smugglers Lead Coast Guard On 30-Minute Chase Off Malibu

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Two men were arrested this morning off the coast of Malibu after trying to dump the marijuana they were apparently smuggling before the Coast Guard caught up to them.

The U.S. Coast Guard arrested two men in a small boat after chasing them for about half an hour, according to City News Service. The chase involved a Coast Guard helicopter, two Coast Guard boats and a sheriff's boat.

The arrests were made about 9 a.m. in the ocean about five miles southwest of Leo Carrillo State Beach, Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers told CNS.

Zuma Beach lifeguards saw the boat in the ocean about 7 a.m. and alerted authorities.

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About two dozen bales of "suspected marijuana'' were retrieved from the panga-style boat and from where the men apparently threw it overboard, Eggers said.