In the late 70s a lot of Thai Sticks came in via the Olympic Peninsula I'm assuming on fishing boats in the Grey's Harbor area. Every stoner who was in Seattle at the time talks about how great the Thai Sticks were a friend of mine got a few ounces from his brother for his 16th birthday.
Around 1980 the shipments were getting huge and the Coast Guard was catching on. There was a shipment in the tons coming in on a speedboat that was intercepted by the Coast Guard. The smugglers dumped in the ocean.
The Olympic Peninsula is an isolated place with few roads and hardly any people. I've heard from the locals that bundles were washing up on shore for weeks afterwards.
Of course the group of smugglers knew what had happened as well as the cops so they sent their people out to get as much of the cannabis as possible.
The way my friend tells the story it's ridiculous. Sounds like that film, It's a Mad Mad Mad World. Guys in 4x4s, motorcycles, speed boats, jet skis, coast guard, state patrol, local county cops, all over a hundred miles of coastline.
I was trying to look for press of that particular incident couldn't find any. I did find a reference to a Thai Stick bust out of the San Juan Islands and Bellingham if anyone is interested..
And a larger crazier bust in Coos Bay Oregon
Hauling the 'ducks' through a small town where nothing happens. A guy from California with money buys a ranch and runs the locals off the best fishing hole in town. These guys weren't very bright.