Definition of a silver and gold mineralized trend some 2.3km long and at
least 200m wide defined by surface rock chip sampling, soil
geochemistry and 4 widely-spaced historic drill holes.
Trench assays including 34m @ 65.8 g/t Ag + 0.2 g/t Au, and outcrop
sampling of 539 g/t Ag + 4.57 g/t Au associated with advanced argillic
alteration in andesite.
Historic drill intercepts by Minco in 2005 include 58m @ 43 g/t Ag +
0.28% Zn and 34m @ 55.1 g/t Ag + 0.75% Zn.
The San Pablo - La Fragua - Orozco corridor is high priority for further
trenching and drilling to test for a disseminated silver, gold and zinc
deposit. Assay data from four holes drilled in 2005 to test for bonanza
vein style mineralization at San Pablo, Las Trojas and Orozco was
compiled. Although the drilling was widely spaced and did not
adequately test the corridor, important mineralized intercepts were
drilled in all holes. A large soil anomaly approximately 900m x 800m in
the La Fragua - Don Blas area may reflect a semi-blind breccia pipe or
deeper porphyry centre.
Historic Drill Intercepts - San Pablo - La Fragua - Orozco
* includes 22m @ 1.01% Zn from 98 - 120m
Don Blas Area
Trench assays of up to 6m @ 445 g/t Ag + 0.2 g/t Au and 12m @ 34.7 g/t
Strong silver-in-soil geochemistry, for example a new 280m x 600m
anomaly with up to 35 g/t Ag in soils.
Further trenching and drilling is required to test the area.
El Padre Trend
Underground sampling at El Padre included 775 g/t Ag + 0.2 g/t Au over
1.1m, 733 g/t Ag + 0.7 g/t Au over 1.8m, and 591 g/t Ag + 1.1 g/t Au
Sixty-seven surface and underground samples (vein and wallrocks) gave an
average grade of 181 g/t Ag + 0.42 g/t Au (values from trace to 1460
g/t Ag and trace to 2.21 g/t Au). The El Padre vein has been traced for
1 km on surface in outcrops, soil anomalies, trenches and old workings.
Discovery of several parallel gold mineralized trends to the north of El
Padre by soils and trenching, for example 8m @ 3.75 g/t Au, including
2m @ 8.42 g/t Au.
Underground sampling over a 230m strike length has returned high grade
Ag assays over widths from 0.5 up to 3m.
Sample Highlights - El Padre
A trench 600m west of El Padre yielded 8m @ 3.75 g/t Au, including 2m @
8.42 g/t Au. Other high priority targets include a 40 - 100m wide >1ppm
Ag in soil anomaly that occurs over 1.2km strike length to the north of
El Padre along an east-west trending structure.
Work Undertaken by Focus
Focus completed historic data compilation, geological mapping over
approximately 35km2 of the claims, trenching, rock sampling and a grid-based soil
geochemical survey. Some 2,062 soil grid geochemical samples were
collected on a 400 x 200m grid to define extensions to mineralization
within the 9km long mineralized trend. Over 1,000 rock samples were
taken during the program and 17 trenches were dug and sampled.
Alteration mapping was completed using a portable spectrometer.
Interpretation of results is ongoing.
The Santa Cruz project lies within the Silver Lake Trend, a polymetallic
belt that hosts several operating and past producing gold and silver
mines, including Goldcorp's San Dimas epithermal gold-silver mine which
is one of the most significant precious metal deposits in Mexico.
District-wide historical production form this world-class belt is
estimated at 655 million ounces (Moz) of silver and 9.33Moz of gold.
Under the terms of the Agreement with a local Mexican mining company,
Focus has the option to acquire 80% of the Santa Cruz Project by
defining 15Moz of Silver Equivalent resources in the Inferred Category
within 4 years, and by paying the owner a total of $20,000,000 cash, of
which $40,000 was paid on signing of the agreement, and $20,000 is
payable every 6 months while the option is outstanding. Upon exercise
of the option, Focus must pay the owner the remaining cash balance
owing and grant the owner a 3% NSR on future production. The Agreement
also grants Focus right of first preference to the historic Santa Cruz
and Zambraneña mines (201 hectares) located in the west and central
parts of the Santa Cruz Project.
The scientific and technical information in this release was prepared
under the supervision of Mr. David Cass, Focus's President, who is a
member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
of British Columbia, and a "Qualified Person" in accordance with NI
Sampling Quality Analysis and Quality Control
Samples were prepared at ALS Chemex's preparation facility in Zacatecas
and analyzed in Vancouver, Canada. Silver was determined by multi-acid
digestion and ICP-AES, with fire assay gravimetric finish. Gold was
assayed by Atomic Adsorption Spectrometry with fire assay gravimetric
finish. Lead and zinc were determined by ICP with Atomic Absorption
with volumetric finish. ALS Chemex's quality control system complies
with International Standards ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025:2005.
Analytical accuracy and precision are monitored by the analysis of
reagent blanks, reference material and replicate samples. Quality
control is further assured by Focus's own QA/QC program which involves
the insertion by Focus personnel of blind certified standards and
blanks into the sample stream at regular intervals in order to
independently assess analytical precision and accuracy of each batch of
samples as they are received from the laboratory.
About Focus Ventures
Focus Ventures is acquiring advanced, drill-ready projects in Peru and
Mexico. Backed by an experienced technical team of geologists and
consultants, Focus's strategy is to identify and acquire former
producing mines or untested gold and silver and base metal properties
that show potential to become new mines. For further information,
please call 604-688-5288 or visit our web site www.focusventuresltd.com.
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"David Cass" David Cass, President
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