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    May 12, 2017 
    After 50 years, legendary Harbor Patrol deputy has pretty much seen and done it all

    They popped up out of the ocean like huge corks.

    “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.

    May 11, 2017 
    NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Coroner Division Ids Jane Doe After Nearly 30 Years

    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.

    May 5, 2017 
    NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Seeking Public's Assistance in Homicide Investigation

    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.

    May 4, 2017 
    NEWS RELEASE: OC Child Exploitation Task Force Arrests San Clemente Resident for Engaging in Lewd Behavior

    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.

    May 4, 2017 
    Bicycle safety enforcement operations planned for Saturday

    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.

    May 2, 2017 
    NEWS RELEASE: OCSD seeking additional victims of man who posed as maintenance worker to burglarize the elderly

    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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