Skip to comments.City councilman killed after finding CA pot field
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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I've heard stories of joggers in California happening on these types of operations and barely escaping with their lives.
Well..., let’s thank the DHS. DEA, NFS, FBI, CIA, BATFE, White Hut, etc.
I think its time to have a war on drugs a real one
It’s time to end prohibition 2.0
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?
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
Meanwhile the Feds are doing SWAT raids on milk farmers and guitar manufacturers who don’t follow Indian law closely enough.
what happens when the cops are the ones involved in growing?
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.
I'd say that's what the National Guard is for.
Those folks haven't started shooting cops. Yet.
To ignore available data is to support.
I went down last week to change the laws I disagree with. They wouldn’t let me.
Yes, no blame for the pot-heads, even those on FR who fund these criminals.
It's pretty much legal to grow it, own it and smoke it in California so that didn't end the violence.
This is another great argument to be used by liberals who refuse to control our border!
[ Well..., lets 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. Dont 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.
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 ...
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.
Forgot to add that they also too busy making sure those Evil Amish aren’t selling their poisonous raw milk across state lines.....
Actually it was his job. He was private security for the timber company that owned the land.
[ 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”.
I hear ya. We are still dealing with the 60s and 70s.
The latest updates to the story indicate that they didn’t find any pot growing. What they did find was opium poppies.
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.
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.
Well a few in Texas.....
and i'm pretty sure the law would take a very dim view of it also because of this exact thing.
“If I were President...Id 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.
“...we cant have that could we..... The world would think we are a meanie pants”
You all just shut up and eat your peas! /s
Bienvenidos a Amexica, gracias a nuestros traidores.
“If you dont 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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... “
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.
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
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.
Shooting “revenoors” 2.0