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Agents seize $1.2 billion worth of pot in Calif.
AP on SFGate.com ^ | 7/23/09 | Garance Burke - ap

Posted on 07/23/2009 5:43:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

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82 of the 83 arrested are Mexicans, some have been arrested before in previous years in other areas of the state for the same type of offenses.

Just growing the pot Americans refuse to grow, I reckun.

1 posted on 07/23/2009 5:43:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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That’s a lot of lost tax revenue.


2 posted on 07/23/2009 5:44:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

ROFLMAO!


3 posted on 07/23/2009 5:46:09 PM PDT by doc1019 (YO! You are also half white … recognize it, deal with it.)
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So thats where I left my stash...


4 posted on 07/23/2009 5:50:58 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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There’s green in them thar hills!


5 posted on 07/23/2009 5:53:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

While -7bama murders the auto industry, banking industry, insurance industry, energy sector, and now trying to have his way with the health care sector, here is one area which should be taken down. Perhaps evidence of trying to destroy everything, and not pick-n-choosing...


6 posted on 07/23/2009 5:54:01 PM PDT by C210N (A patriot for a Conservative Renaissance!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Ditto my last post. Thanks I needed this. ;-)


7 posted on 07/23/2009 5:55:06 PM PDT by doc1019 (YO! You are also half white … recognize it, deal with it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Marijuana .. lettuce... both are green, both come out of the dirt... it’s all so confusing.

At least we now know where all of the lettuce pickers go to wait for new job openings.


8 posted on 07/23/2009 5:55:28 PM PDT by Gator113 (I live in "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." Imam Obama told me so.)
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Waste of police resources.


9 posted on 07/23/2009 5:56:32 PM PDT by mysterio
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1.2 Billion dollars worth of pot...

I wonder how many lost jobs this translates into?


10 posted on 07/23/2009 5:57:45 PM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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I'm heartened by these arrests. Our western wilderness (particularly in the Sierras and certain coast ranges) are being overrun by these gangsters. It's becoming very dangerous to set foot in many of our wild places because of their remote pot farms and their paranoia in protecting them.

They're human vermin, and they need to be removed and eradicated.

11 posted on 07/23/2009 6:01:43 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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More than 318,000 marijuana plants were destroyed in the operation, which also netted nearly $41,000 in cash, 25 weapons and two vehicles, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said Thursday.

Is California going to confiscate the plants to sell and help pay off it's debt?

12 posted on 07/23/2009 6:02:12 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: NormsRevenge; gubamyster; SwinneySwitch; Pelham; Czar; Travis McGee; Tennessee Nana; brushcop; ...

Another big one in the news today.

These are Mexican drug cartels/Ms-13, they are armed and dangerous and absolutely destroying public lands.

http://www.ktvb.com/news/localnews/stories/ktvbn-jul2209-marijuana_grow.67b95315.html
Idaho News
A large outdoor marijuana grow operation was eradicated Monday on federal land in Baker County, Oregon. Police say two people were arrested at the site and approximately 3,500 marijuana plants were located.

The grow operation is similar to others found over the past several years in eastern Oregon, and was located in rugged terrain in the Snake River area. This is the second large grow operation found in Baker County this year.

The grow yielded marijuana plants 4 to 6 feet in height. Detectives estimate that if the plants were left undetected and allowed to grow to full maturity they would have yielded about two pounds per plant. Estimated value of the marijuana would be $2,000 to $3,500 per pound.

The two men taken into custody were identified as Jose Piedad Gamino-Villa, 28, and Humberto Gamino-Villa, 32, both from Mexico. They were booked in the Baker County Jail for unlawful possession, delivery and manufacturing of marijuana.

Also:http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/07/marijuana_farm_in_baker_county.html
(with photos of the perps)

[snip]”We believe these were both planted by members of Mexican drug cartels,’’ Duby said. “They find good sources of water and set up drip irrigation systems.”

Duby said the plants were scattered over remote, rugged terrain on about three to five acres of land on terraced hillsides. Typically, law enforcement officials spot the grow operations from the air.

The men arrested were identified as 28-year-old Jose Piedad Gamino Villa, and Humbert Gamino Villa, 32, both from Mexico. They were booked into the Baker County Jail for possession, delivery and manufacturing marijuana.

For photos of these grows in No. California, look here:
http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/search?q=Invasion+lou+dobbs


13 posted on 07/23/2009 6:02:35 PM PDT by AuntB (Tired of Left/right coast globalist party power brokers? How 'bout THE HEARTLAND AMERICA PARTY??)
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Agents seize $1.2 billion worth of pot in Calif.

Dammm, that bites dude.

14 posted on 07/23/2009 6:04:48 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: Flycatcher

See post 13.

http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/search?q=Invasion+lou+dobbs


15 posted on 07/23/2009 6:06:28 PM PDT by AuntB (Tired of Left/right coast globalist party power brokers? How 'bout THE HEARTLAND AMERICA PARTY??)
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To: mysterio
Waste of police resources.

In this case, I disagree. Anything that kicks the Mexican drug cartels in the groin and makes it harder for them to do business in the US is a good thing. However, what many people are too short-sighted or brainwashed to realize is that if we legalized marijuana in CA, the cartels immediately lose millions per year in revenue since anybody could grow a couple of plants in their backyard or closet if they wanted it. The criminalization of a particular plant is what makes this market so lucrative for the cartels.
16 posted on 07/23/2009 6:07:34 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: NormsRevenge

The state then sold the pot for 2 billion, and Arnold paid off some of the state’s huge debt.


17 posted on 07/23/2009 6:10:49 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: AuntB

BILLION ????????????????????????


18 posted on 07/23/2009 6:10:49 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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"You can imagine looking from a helicopter down onto a forest, there are a lot of different shades of green. It took some specially trained personnel to spot where the marijuana was growing," Mims said. "We found it planted on hillsides and gullies, and some of the plants had grown to be eight feet tall."

They don't have specially trained personnel to spot pot. That's passe.

They have light spectrometers...pot has a UNIQUE spectrum of reflected light, just as all plants do. They simply overfly a grid and wait for the alrm, mark the GPS and send in the agents.

Personally, I don't get the war on pot. It's SILLY to think LEO and government can make a impact. It's available to anyone who wants to smoke it.

One has to ask, why put people in jail for it?

19 posted on 07/23/2009 6:12:24 PM PDT by Mariner
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In other words, it wasn't actually $1.2 billion worth of pot, it was 300,000 plants that might grow to that much someday. And the chief wanted a bigger headline.
20 posted on 07/23/2009 6:12:59 PM PDT by JasonC
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