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Deputies seize 1,500 pounds of marijuana on Catalina Island

May 18, 2011 |  8:12 am

A view of Avalon Harbor on Santa Catalina Island.

L.A. County sheriff's deputies seized 31 bales of marijuana weighing about 1,500 pounds on Catalina Island, authorities said Wednesday.

Officials said island deputies became suspicious Tuesday when they spotted a man with plastic-wrapped bales during a routine patrol near a small beach at Little Harbor.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department aircraft then dropped SWAT team members down to the site, arresting the man and seizing the marijuana, officials said. About $750,000 worth of pot was flown back to the mainland, they said.

The bust comes on the heels of Sheriff's Department officials discovering what they said was more than $4.5 million worth of marijuana in two unrelated busts in the San Gabriel Valley.

In one, officials said, deputies found about 1,900 marijuana plants, valued at about $2 million, growing in rows under bright lamps in the unincorporated community of Bassett.


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Photo: A view of Avalon Harbor on Santa Catalina Island. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times