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$750K Worth Of Marijuana Seized In Catalina Island Bust

AVALON (CBS) — Thirty-one bales of marijuana, worth an estimated $750,000, were seized Tuesday afternoon on Catalina Island.

A man was also arrested.

The man, as well as the estimated 1,500 pounds of marijuana, were first spotted about 4 p.m. by a deputy and a conservancy ranger on patrol, according to the sheriff's department.

Backup was called and a short time later the department's Air Rescue 5 helicopter arrived, along with a special weapons team and the seizure and arrest were made.

The suspect and marijuana were flown to the mainland so the investigation could continue.

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