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City councilman killed after finding CA pot field
Associated Press ^ | August 29, 2011

Posted on 08/29/2011 3:23:15 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

FORT BRAGG, Calif. (AP) -- A Northern California town was reeling Monday after the death of a well-respected city councilman and former mayor who was gunned down after finding a remote illegal marijuana operation.

As authorities searched the rugged forest terrain for a suspect in the shooting, Fort Bragg Councilman Jere Melo was remembered as a community leader who led efforts to build firehouses and a first-class high school football stadium in the coastal town of about 7,000 people.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: cartels; drugs; fortbragg; jeremelo; pot
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1 posted on 08/29/2011 3:23:17 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This is the stuff that really scares me. Cartels operating in the United States who hire violent illegals to guard their hidden groves and processing facilities.

I've heard stories of joggers in California happening on these types of operations and barely escaping with their lives.

2 posted on 08/29/2011 3:25:55 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well..., let’s thank the DHS. DEA, NFS, FBI, CIA, BATFE, White Hut, etc.


3 posted on 08/29/2011 3:26:36 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think its time to have a war on drugs a real one


4 posted on 08/29/2011 3:27:22 PM PDT by al baby (Is that old windbag still on the air ?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

incredible.


5 posted on 08/29/2011 3:30:29 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: al baby

It’s time to end prohibition 2.0


6 posted on 08/29/2011 3:32:00 PM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: Paladin2

Thank goodness we’re not going to place any blame on citizens that create the market those cartels cater to.

If you don’t like the laws of our land, get them changed. Until you do, why not join the rest of us as a law abiding citizen who doesn’t support the cartels?


7 posted on 08/29/2011 3:33:13 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain 5 yrs Left/1 yr right "BAD!" - Republicans 3 yrs Right 1 year Left to elect RINOs. "Good?")
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To: GunRunner
Years ago I went to a graduation ceremony at Cal Poly and during the beginning
of the ceremony they asked everyone to observe a moment of silence for 2 students who were just killed and it was
surmised they had stumbled into a pot operation very scary.
8 posted on 08/29/2011 3:34:48 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Melo, 69, was investigating reports of a marijuana farm along the Noyo River in the heart of pot country, authorities said.

ok, that is NOT his job... that is what the COPS are for

he was neither trained to deal with nor was he armed to deal with clandestine growers

9 posted on 08/29/2011 3:35:24 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Meanwhile the Feds are doing SWAT raids on milk farmers and guitar manufacturers who don’t follow Indian law closely enough.


10 posted on 08/29/2011 3:35:44 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The moment you step into a world of facts, you step into a world of limits. --Chesterton)
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To: Chode

what happens when the cops are the ones involved in growing?


11 posted on 08/29/2011 3:38:09 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Paladin2

If I were President, I’d send out DHS, CBPE, DEA, FBI and any agency connected in the past to Waco out to find these illegal-protected pot farms and enforce the law. I’d require the agents to carry only weapons with rubber riot bullets.


12 posted on 08/29/2011 3:39:50 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Chode
that is what the COPS are for

I'd say that's what the National Guard is for.

13 posted on 08/29/2011 3:41:21 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: denydenydeny
Meanwhile the Feds are doing SWAT raids on milk farmers and guitar manufacturers who don’t follow Indian law closely enough.

Those folks haven't started shooting cops. Yet.

14 posted on 08/29/2011 3:45:30 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Leaning Right
There's plenty of satellite data available to sent appropriate forces in to eradicate.

To ignore available data is to support.

15 posted on 08/29/2011 3:45:35 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: DoughtyOne

I went down last week to change the laws I disagree with. They wouldn’t let me.


16 posted on 08/29/2011 3:46:46 PM PDT by fnord (Republicans are just the right-wing of the left-wing of American politics)
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To: DoughtyOne
Thank goodness we’re not going to place any blame on citizens that create the market those cartels cater to.

Yes, no blame for the pot-heads, even those on FR who fund these criminals.

17 posted on 08/29/2011 3:49:33 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: Crim
It’s time to end prohibition 2.0

It's pretty much legal to grow it, own it and smoke it in California so that didn't end the violence.

18 posted on 08/29/2011 3:50:36 PM PDT by keat
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To: GunRunner
This is the stuff that really scares me. Cartels operating in the United States who hire violent illegals to guard their hidden groves and processing facilities.

This is another great argument to be used by liberals who refuse to control our border!

19 posted on 08/29/2011 3:51:17 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: Paladin2

[ Well..., let’s thank the DHS. DEA, NFS, FBI, CIA, BATFE, White Hut, etc. ]

All the above agencies are too busy Sticking their hands down people’s pants, Busting people who buy one too many boxes of cold medication, and Facilitating unde the counter gun sales to foreign nationals.

So they are far too busy, obviously we need another federal agencey and laws to deal with this scourgae for the childrens.

1. Create commons sense laws concerning a real problem.
2. Don’t enforce them.
3. Tell Public that we need MORE laws to fix problem.
4. Pass more laws that are badly written and vague.
5. Selectively enforce the badly written and vague laws.
6. Now that everyone is a “criminal” you can selectively remove and imprison your political enemies.
7. Do steps 3 through 6 again if you cannot get rid of all your politcal enemies.


20 posted on 08/29/2011 3:52:28 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GunRunner
Cartels operating in the United States who hire violent illegals to guard their hidden groves and processing facilities.

It ain't just cartels. Pot has been CA's biggest cash crop for over 20 years. Most of the operations are home grown - and have been known to protect their turf violently.

Just look at the suspect's name [Aaron Bassler] - doesn't sound Hispanic to me ...

21 posted on 08/29/2011 3:52:32 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: fnord

It’s tough getting laws changed. You have to find enough people to agree with you, to get the job done. You make your case. You either get them to join you, or at some point realize it’s a lost cause and accept it.

I like having a few beers in the evening. If it was illegal, I wouldn’t have my occasional beer. I wouldn’t support a black market to get that drink either.

If people were dying, being butchered in the streets, government officials being assassinated and the local cops being bought and paid for, I wouldn’t be providing any funding for the cartels, and then trying to blame it on some government policy I didn’t like.


22 posted on 08/29/2011 3:52:32 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain 5 yrs Left/1 yr right "BAD!" - Republicans 3 yrs Right 1 year Left to elect RINOs. "Good?")
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To: GraceG

Forgot to add that they also too busy making sure those Evil Amish aren’t selling their poisonous raw milk across state lines.....


23 posted on 08/29/2011 3:54:15 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Chode
ok, that is NOT his job... that is what the COPS are for

Actually it was his job. He was private security for the timber company that owned the land.

24 posted on 08/29/2011 3:55:12 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: al baby

[ I think its time to have a war on drugs a real one ]

That would mean actually enforcing laws that would hurt foreign nationals, we can’t have that could we..... The world would think we are a “meanie pants”.


25 posted on 08/29/2011 3:55:12 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Erik Latranyi

I hear ya. We are still dealing with the 60s and 70s.


26 posted on 08/29/2011 3:57:40 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain 5 yrs Left/1 yr right "BAD!" - Republicans 3 yrs Right 1 year Left to elect RINOs. "Good?")
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To: Lmo56

The latest updates to the story indicate that they didn’t find any pot growing. What they did find was opium poppies.


27 posted on 08/29/2011 3:58:03 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: keat
It's pretty much legal to grow it, own it and smoke it in California so that didn't end the violence.

Actually that is not true. If you can afford a medical MJ card and if you can get a Dr. to approve you for one, then you can grow it and own it, but still there are limited amounts a person has to adhere to. It is not the same as legalizing it. Plus, until they legalize it across the country one state or so will make no difference.

28 posted on 08/29/2011 4:01:20 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Stupid, lazy and chicken American illegal drug users who are too stupid, lazy and chicken to change their reality so they use illegal drugs to hide from reality for a few minutes and thereby fund some of the most barbaric criminals this world has ever seen.


29 posted on 08/29/2011 4:01:20 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Lurker

Well a few in Texas.....


30 posted on 08/29/2011 4:03:45 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
if going into a suspected felony crime scene without law enforcement knowledge or assistance is their SOP, then his surviving wife and kids will prolly OWN said timber company when their lawyers get done with them...

and i'm pretty sure the law would take a very dim view of it also because of this exact thing.

31 posted on 08/29/2011 4:04:57 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Gaffer

“If I were President...I’d require the agents to carry only weapons with rubber riot bullets.”

If YOU were President, I think YOU should have to lead all of these raids armed with only rubber bullets.


32 posted on 08/29/2011 4:13:24 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: GraceG

“...we can’t have that could we..... The world would think we are a “meanie pants””

You all just shut up and eat your peas! /s


33 posted on 08/29/2011 4:16:49 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bienvenidos a Amexica, gracias a nuestros traidores.


34 posted on 08/29/2011 4:31:24 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: DoughtyOne

“If you don’t like the laws of our land, get them changed.”

When the citizens of states have voted to do so, they’ve been overruled by the Federal govt. or their own state legistlators.


35 posted on 08/29/2011 4:45:35 PM PDT by Magic Fingers
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To: GraceG

“6. Now that everyone is a “criminal” you can selectively remove and imprison your political enemies.”

If this doesn’t work to your liking, arrest people for violating obscure environmental laws of other countries (like Gibson Guitar Co.)—be creative.


36 posted on 08/29/2011 4:46:12 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: Chode

Another report says that they were investigating a report of a transient (presumably the killer) living out there and went to investigate and probably run him off. When they got close, he popped up with a gun and started shooting. Police later found an opium poppy patch, but no marijuana.


37 posted on 08/29/2011 4:57:54 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
A determinedly self destructive society will always succeed.
38 posted on 08/29/2011 5:04:41 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Magic Fingers

I believe it is fair to say that the federal government does not have the best support for doing what it has been doing. On the other hand, it does seem that universal laws on this matter would be best.

A person moving across five to seven states while traveling, shouldn’t be able to be blind-sided by laws that are more stringent than those of their home state, especially if the penalties are severe.

I’m not a advocate of legalization. I believe we will always have a black market for drugs, unless we decide every person alive should be able to take whatever drug they want regardless of age.

While I would personally see it as a decaying of society if it were to happen, it is still necessary for you folks to elect your favorite people to the offices that can effect change in Washington on these matters.

If you do so, I applaud your tenacity. I would not like to see the aftermath. The sole focus of illegal drugs would suddenly be 100% focused on children.


39 posted on 08/29/2011 5:14:41 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain 5 yrs Left/1 yr right "BAD!" - Republicans 3 yrs Right 1 year Left to elect RINOs. "Good?")
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To: GunRunner

Napalm


40 posted on 08/29/2011 5:15:41 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
i'm going by what was in this article... the report said he was a forest land manager and nothing about security

it also states he was investigating reports of a marijuana farm along the Noyo River in the heart of pot country, authorities said.

and if that is the case, he thought he was going to a pot farm... it was not his job to play cops and growers.

41 posted on 08/29/2011 5:18:45 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: GunRunner

Somehow this reminds me of what one of my uncles (who did moonshining operations during one of the severe recessions of the 1950s) told me: “If you come across a moonshine still while walking in the woods, do a 180 degree turn and march yourself right out of there. Some of those moonshiners are crazy and will harm you.”


42 posted on 08/29/2011 5:19:54 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Chode

Actually, it WAS his job. According to the article, “Melo, a forest land manager, was killed Saturday while he and a co-worker were patrolling forestland on foot in a rugged area of timber land just outside town.”

In these small towns, mayor is not a fulltime job.


43 posted on 08/29/2011 5:22:52 PM PDT by Bookwoman ("...and I am unanimous in this...")
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To: Chode

There are a lot of conflicting reports right now. The City of Fort Bragg’s official statement says he was acting “In his capacity as a security contractor for a local timber company... “


44 posted on 08/29/2011 5:25:33 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Chode

To go on about the confusion, some reports say that he was investigating a report of a marijuana grow, others that he was investigating a report of a transient, and others that he was just walking the property and checking for anything. Some say that he came across a marijuana growing operation, others say that there was no marijuana, but that they found opium poppies. LIke a lot of stories, the first reports are contradictory.


45 posted on 08/29/2011 5:30:26 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
no doubt... i still can't believe that lawyers won't like to have a lil talk them though

even civilian security is ill advised to knowingly enter an active felony crime scene which is what he did if he believed there was a growing operation going on and he went looking for it

iirc most security guards are told to call real LEO's when real crimes are suspected

46 posted on 08/29/2011 5:34:20 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Lmo56
Looks like he works as a drag queen.


47 posted on 08/29/2011 6:04:44 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Lmo56

Creepy looking! We have a lot of people like him here in Florida, but they devote themselves mostly to Oxycontin robberies.

Interesting that they were growing opium poppies. I guess that means that heroin manufacture is going domestic.


48 posted on 08/29/2011 6:09:47 PM PDT by livius
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To: Free ThinkerNY

RIP.


49 posted on 08/30/2011 6:10:42 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: keat

Shooting “revenoors” 2.0


50 posted on 08/30/2011 6:24:39 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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