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The Avalon Ball on May 14 drew many people who dressed in period costume from the days of the golden age of the Casino Ballroom and also wandered around town, treating locals and visitors to photo opportunities of days gone by. Ihotos courtesy of Clare Meister Bust From page 1 investigation condhued. Lyon said the suspect's name was not deter- mined at the scene due to a com- munication breakdownbecause of a language barrier. A boat that was apparently used to land the pot was reportedly found on the north side of the Island, apparently forced there by bad weather. Lyon could not confirm whether Catalina was the intended destina- tion for the suspect and the marijua- na, or ifthey landed at Little Harbor because of difficulty navigating the rough seas. Lyon said there had been heavy winds on Monday night that whipped up the ocean on the backside of the Island. It would not have been the first time. A similar scenario occurred on April 18 of last year. Three Mexican men in a 30-foot, open, fiat-bottomed motorboat called a "panga" ran aground due to rough seas at the remote cove at CottOn- wood Beach. The boat had two 250 horse- power outboard engines and was carrying 400 gallons of extra fuel in barrels. Sheriff's deputies also discovered about 4,000 pounds of marijuana in bales near the boat. The pot was estimated to have a street value of about $3 million. The deputies, with the aid of the Coast Guard, detained the men, who said. they had each paid $4,00(J to be smuggled into the United States. They said their "coyote" who was bringing them from Mexico; had abandoned them after the boat ran aground. Deputies detained the men, with the assistance of Coast Guard personnel. They were arrest- ed and flown to the mainland along with the marijuana. It took dozens of sheriff's depu- ties several hours to load the contra- band into a large rescue helicopter, and two flights to transport it all to the mainland. The three men were eventually convicted of transporting narcotics into the United States. The Hispanic man arrested on Tuesday, could face up to 10 years  in prison if convicted. LA Sheriff's Department Reseu 5 hoists the bales of marijuana into the helicopter. SENIORI OF THE WEEK: DARREN HAWRYLUK CLASS OF 1986 AKA DAR.'REN HAWK UNIQUE QUALITIES: Two arms, two legs, and blue eyes. FAVORITE PASTIME: Hunting, fishing, playing basketball, and doing whatever I want. YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND ME: Out in the hills or at my sister's house. DESTINED TO BE: Old, wise, and rich. May 20 through JUne 2 Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated PG-13 For .More Information Call 310-510-0179 The CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, May 20, 2011 i 7