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Breast Health Awareness Seminar Join the Catalina Island Medical Center and the Catalina Island Women's Forum and learn more about what you can do to stay healthy and support those impacted by this disease. Presentation by Dr. Tracey Norton so Survivors' Forum Jo c4 Appointments for on-island mammograms so c4 Complimentary appetizers and no-host bar so On-lsland Mammography Mammograms will be offered at Catalina Island Medical Center Nov. 16 to 18 by Inner Images Marnmography. Most PPO insurances will be accepted and financial assistance is available through the Catalina Island Women's Forum. Call (31o) 51o-oo96 for an appointment or more information. Catalina CATALINA SLAND INN IslandMedicalCenter Nationals From page 1 versed in dealing with the police." Lt. Donahue said he thought the suspects probably felt better off in the custody of U.S. officials than having to face the people who sent them .off with the illegal contra- band. Mexico has been plagued in recent years with a rash of murder and vi.olence related to drug traf- ficking. However, the convicted men's explanation did not seem to move the court. After hearing their an- swers, the judge sentenced each of them to 10 years in a United States federal prison. "It's very sad that the main players can't get caught sooner than later," Lt. Donahue said. "The violence in parts of Mexico is unbelievable, innocent people, and children as well as other drug dealers are getting killed weekly, all because of drugs. This kind of shipment that we seized is all related to the drug c0xtel down there." After their arrest, the three Mexican suspects told authorities they had left from Mexico's Rosa- rio Beach, slightly south of Tijua- na, in the 30-foot ponga-type boat that was loaded with about 400 gallons of gasoline in containerS in addition to the pot. "The drug trade can get pretty vicious down there where drug smugglers have shootouts with police," Lt. Donahue said. "Peo- Two tons of contraband mari- juana are loaded into an Air 5 Sheriffs helicoper with the modified panga boat in the background. The Mexican Nationals were sentenced to 10 years each for smuggling. They were arrested in April. pie get sent messages (threats and warnings) in the form of body " parts." In April Lt. Donahue said au- thorities would probably try and use the bust to go after.more of the people involved in the smuggling of illegal substances from Mexico. "It's a common practice we would use to try and catch them." he said. However, it is not known if the men who were convicted assisted in authorities' further investigation of the Mexican drug trade. "These arrests and recovery were the direct result of a diligent and observant Sheriff's Depart- ment employee," said sheriff's headquarters bureau Capt. Mike Parker. "He called for backup from other law enforcement agencies and Coast Guard personnel, and we had a very successful outcome. The smuggling of illegal rari- juana has been said to be the fuel for the Mexican drug cartels to conduct billons of dollars of busi- ness that includes other illicit drugs such as cocaine and methamphet- amine. California has a ballot mea- sure, Proposition 19, to legalize marijuana on its November 2 bal- lot. Supporters propose it Would help end or slow the flow of illegal drugs from Mexico into the United Staes. Page 8 i Friday, October 29, 2010 The CATALINA ISLANDER