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Welcome to Catalina Island, Former Home to 1500 Pounds of Marijuana

Air Rescue 5 hauls the marijuana on board (Photo courtesy LASD)
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Authorities have removed about 1500 pounds of marijuana, assembled into about 31 bales with an estimated worth of $750,000, on Catalina Island, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The marijuana, and one male suspect, were spotted by a captain and deputy from the LASD's Avalon Station yesterday, who observed the suspect interact with what the authorities considered "suspicious items" wrapped in plastic. Ultimately they secured assistance int he form of L.A. County Sheriff’s SEB (SWAT) members who were dropped onto the scene.

One male Hispanic, description not available, was arrested, and the marijuana seized. The suspect and the pot were transported by air to the mainland, and the investigation is ongoing.