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   Yuma Daily Sun, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1970, Yuma, Arizona                             yuMA SUN 201st Issue, 65th Year and ARIZONA SENTINEL 90 25 Cents Yuma, Arizona, Sun., 12, 1970 SUN Telephone 783-3333 SENTINEL -101st Issue, 98th Year TWO OTHERS SAVED 2 MCAS Men Die in Mine CLOUD OLLUSION Do we have smokestack pollution h uur area? At first glance. iKwould look so as clouds came by.this structure on Interstate 8 Friday to make t.nem look like spewing smokestacks. They are really for the 4th Street photos Page 3- Staff v. Drug Buyers Better Beware Of Being TUCSON the drugbuyer beware. Fear of narcotics agents may become secondary to fear of the seller himself in the minds of drug purchasers who come here with wads rjf money, hop- ing to return to the east to sell their merchandise at possibly seven times the original cost. Would-be buyers of narcot- mostly coming here in increasing numbers. Many are double-crossed by the seller who pushes a pistol instead of the weed. A young New York man came to Arizona. According to authorities he telephoned a friend in San Francisco this week asking him if he wanted to join in a marijuana purchase and "make some money." Luckily, the friend didn't meet him. The New Yorker and two other friends were "ripped-off- terms used when the money is handed over but the goods aren't delivered. William Ramsey Tait, 111, WETBACK JOB: 22, of Merrick, N.Y., was shot to death sometime before dawn last Wednesday as he rode with two friends in th'e-back seat of a car traveling along an isolat- ed stretch of highway south- east of here. A friend accom- panying Tait, John Cast, 24, Phoenix, was also killed. The third companion, David An- derson, of Syosett, N.Y. was wounded when the passenger in the front seat of the car whirled around and emptied a .22-caliber pistol into the trio. Anderson jumped out of the car and notified authorities who found the bodies of Tail and Cast several hours later. The trio held a total of One third of which was stolen. Two Phoenix youths were arrested the same day and charged with murder and rob- bery. Southern Arizona and par- ticularly Tucson is a likely area for the young drug mer- chants to come for marijuana at its lowest price. The weed is harvested near Culiancan, Sin. Mex., some 650 miles south of here. It is tran- sported northward and hustled across the border via body, car and plane. Any of six border crossings can be used but smugglers don't have to go through the towns because of miles of poorly-fenced stretches of international line. Since highways from five of the border towns funnel direct- ly to Tucson, this universi- ty-city of some has be- come a big business area for trafficking marijuana, accord- ing to Capt. Clarence Dupnik, chief of detectives. Dupnik said his department handles about two cases each mo'nth involving bilked buyers. Pima County Sheriff Waldon Burr said he hears of at least two or three cases a week. Both admit most buyers are unlikely to report they were robbed by the pushers. Two Men Charged With Pot Smuggling Bond has been set at each for two men accused of being involved in n smuggling operation broken cnrly Friday by Customs agents and Tnsk Force mcmlwrs. Hay A. 27, Isl Street and Mnnucl V. I'nltna, 21, of Imperial, were arrested near Gadsdcn about a.m. Fridny. Agents had a locnlion Rtflked out when Corpus and driving separate cnrs, met akHipt Highway Confiscated in the arrest were 60 kilo bricks of mnri- jimnn and about white pills resembling hcnzndrinc. Both men were charged with smuggling nnd conspiracy to smuggle marijuana. According to the agent in charge of the operation, two Mexicans brought Ihc mari- juana nnd pills across the Co- lorado River and Rl ashed them near the hiRhwn.v. The Mexi- cans escaped buck, across the river lieforc tliey could be nabbed by agents. The agents and Tnsk Force memlwrs watched the location and moved in when Ihcy saw objects londcd into the two cars. was driving a Mustang while Palmn had a 1070 Charger rented in 1'hoen- ix. U.S. Commissioner F. Lewis Ingraham heard the case Fri- day morning and set a tenta- tive preliminary hairing date of July S.lrdnt lOn.m. Location Is Southwest of Imperial Dam By JOHN BATT1N The Yuma Daily Sun A military doctor reportedly confirmed that two Marines died trapped 600 feet deep in an abandoned mine shaft a mile southwest of Imperial Dam last, night. The two Marines were iden- tified as' Bob Knight, 20, and George Lopez, 19, both of MCAS. Reports from the scene were that Navy Lt. Dr. Dwayne Smith was able to get to the two mcniiand reported that they were dead. Rescuers said they believed Lopez was irapped deeper than Knight. Knight had re-entered the shaft to help Lopez and then apparently became un- conscious from the bad air. Two men were rescued. They were identified as Julian Fon- tana, 22, MCAS, and Ed Mont- gomery, 21, Yuma and MCAS. Fontana said Montgomery, Knight and Lopez had gone into the shaft last wtek and talked him into going along this week. "We were just ex- Fontana said. j.'-The trapped men, estimated be trapped 300 to GOO feet, down in the off-set shafts, were being tossed air packs, but res- cuers didn't know whett packs were being useu. Late last night, special mine rescue tearlris were being called for from' Kingman, and possibly Los Angeles. Military aircraft were standing by to fly the teams into the rescue area. The barren, mountainous area is between Imperial Dam and the Senator Wash reser- voir. Kocky roads require four-wheel drive vehicles, or high-axled vehicles. The mine shaft is almost straight up and down. Rotten timbers and narrow shafts make rescue highly difficult. Sufficient equipment had been moved into the area by dark to rescue the men, but the narrow shafts and rotten air made the rescue difficult. The shaft is an abandoned gold and silver mine. One of the men who got out alive said one trapped man was. hanging with his head fallen back. As the night wore on, light- ing facilities and more equip- ment were called for. Dye Oxy- gen donated at least two tanks of oxygen to keep air packs supplied. The Yuma Proving Ground backed up the U.S. Marine Corps with doctors, personnel and equipment. He- licopters were being used to fly equipment and men into the area. The first call for help cnme around p.m. yesterday when Knight got out of the shaft first and drove to Lagiina Dam. There he called for help at the home of Wallace Green, reservoir superintendent at Senator Wash Dam. The original call brought the Imperial County Sheriffs De- partment, the Winterhaven Fire Department, followed by the' Yuma County Sheriffs Department, the Rural Fire Department and Tri-Stnle Ambulance. A Marine Corps helicopter arrived soon with a doctor who went into the mine shaft to do what he could for the men in the hole. Kontana said the men in (he hole were sitting on one of the levels. Lopez reportedly IKJ- came dizzy. He was tied to n cable had been tied to a r.il in cablehadbeentiedtoarailin the mine shaft. Other cables (Turn (o Page 2, i'lenso) RESCUERS AID VICTIM Julian Fontana, 22, MCAS, is lifted out of the mine shaft by a cable on a truck. His-rescue came about 8 p.m. after he became the shaft. Two of his buddies were reported dead deep in the shaft. (Sun Staff Photos) GOOD AIR Ed Montgomery, 21, Yumn, hanging his head and breathing in good clean air, is near collapse upon his rescue from an abandoned mine shaft. At right is Fon- tana sitting with some of the rescuers and rescue equip- ment standing around the men. Russ Missile Buildup Soviets were Satur- day tu Imvc close to 300 giant SSI) missile launchers now ready for use or under con- struction. Tlic new informnlion will Imvc reiwrciissinris in the coin- ing debate over such matters ns the nnd the U.S.-Soviet arms-curb talks. The loom largo in U.S. strnlcgic calculations localise they are rated able to knock out the U.S. Miniitcmnn mis- siles designed to deter the Sovi- ets from launching a miclonr war. Secretary of Defense Mclvin R. told newsmen Thurs- day the Soviets are proceeding apace with their intercontinen- tal ballistic missile program, including new construction, since the U.S.-Sovlct strategic arms limitation talks- nt Vienna in mid-April. The new U.S. findings, draw- ing heavily on intelligence from secing-oye satellites, supersede various unconfirmed reports in recent months that the Soviets had stopped or slowed down iheir ICBM expansion since the SALT talks first Iwgan last November. Inside The Sun Business.........................fi Comics..........................14 Crossword....................lH Gardener........................9 Movies.............................8 RCH! Women............................5   

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