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Texas Rancher Discovers $2M Marijuana Growing Operation on His Land
ABCNews.go.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Alexa Valiente

Posted on 07/04/2014 3:11:31 PM PDT by Biggirl

A Texas man who was just hoping to graze cattle on the land he recently acquired was surprised to discover $2 million worth of marijuana plants growing in a back-woods area.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cannabis; marijuana; pot; rancher; wod

1 posted on 07/04/2014 3:11:31 PM PDT by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl

Bonus!


2 posted on 07/04/2014 3:13:43 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Biggirl

Virtually all of his land could potentially be seized and sold. Don’t know what I’d do. Burn it myself, I suppose.


3 posted on 07/04/2014 3:15:02 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Biggirl

He should have known, what with the rural 7-11 in the next field, the one that outsold the busiest 7-11 in Dallas, particularly in ‘salty snacks’!


4 posted on 07/04/2014 3:15:44 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: Biggirl

That rancher is more likely to have his ass put in a ringer for grazing his cattle than anything happening to whoever planted the marijuana, considering it was likely the much vaunted “dreamers” that were running that operation.


5 posted on 07/04/2014 3:16:56 PM PDT by TheGipperWasRight
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To: Gen.Blather
not likely since he is the one that alerted the authorities...
6 posted on 07/04/2014 3:18:03 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Thank-you for mentioning your comment.


7 posted on 07/04/2014 3:18:36 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: TheGipperWasRight

I doubt it myself since the TX LE folks are so overwhelmed with heavy influx of illegals coming into the country right now.


8 posted on 07/04/2014 3:19:30 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Gen.Blather

No, not really, go down a few postings to find out why.


9 posted on 07/04/2014 3:20:03 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl
welcome...
10 posted on 07/04/2014 3:24:22 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Biggirl

Did he burn the field?


11 posted on 07/04/2014 3:24:48 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Biggirl

The rancher goes to burn it and gives everyone downwind for 3 counties a contact Buzz.

CC


12 posted on 07/04/2014 3:28:00 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Biggirl

If it were me, I’d probably stakeout the area, lie in wait, and then shoot the dopehead dregs when they came back to check on their illicit crop.


13 posted on 07/04/2014 3:30:16 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Biggirl

“Boys? DO them steers sound funny to you?”

“Now that you mention it, boss, yeah, they do.”

“YOu ask me, it sounds like they’ve left mooin’ and are saying something ... sounds like, ‘Oh, wow.’”

“Boys, we’re in trouble.”


14 posted on 07/04/2014 3:33:23 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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To: Biggirl

There were two military installations in the central Texas area that had marijuana plants growing in remote areas. One had a sophisticated watering system with underground pipes. Got caught when the guard put up new fences after 9/11.


15 posted on 07/04/2014 3:36:58 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Gen.Blather

Another article on this said he was leasing the land from the Corps of Engineers for grazing. Looks like the government will have to seize the land.....from itself.


16 posted on 07/04/2014 3:37:18 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Biggirl
Meanwhile, in another part of Texas...

Reverend Horton Heat - Bales Of Cocaine

17 posted on 07/04/2014 3:38:09 PM PDT by csvset
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Upon further investigation deputies say they discovered approximately 5,500 marijuana plants
with the help of the DPS' Special Crime Unit and their Air Wing Unit, as the area was not accessible
by vehicle. Deputies called for additional support once the magnitude of the growing operation was
realized. The plants were in various stages of growth and it appeared that the operation had been
in process for some time.

Secret $2 million pot farm found on Texas rancher's property

18 posted on 07/04/2014 3:47:57 PM PDT by deport
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To: Biggirl
Marijuana plants are hardy. I don't smoke the stuff (yes, it is like alcohol...a temptation for some, a balm for others), but if it becomes legal, I might grow a little.

I have a green thumb. Plants and animals like me.

19 posted on 07/04/2014 3:53:45 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: Gen.Blather

>Burn it myself, I suppose.

One joint at a time.
And cook me a mess of desert turtle meat over the rest.


20 posted on 07/04/2014 3:55:38 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO! BE UNGOVERNABLE! --- ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: Chode
not likely since he is the one that alerted the authorities...

What if the authorities had found it first?

21 posted on 07/04/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: Biggirl
Meanwhile, back at the ranch.


22 posted on 07/04/2014 4:02:15 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: Biggirl
It is a shame he can’t sell it out from under the squatters.

“Sorry ’bout that, boys. Next time, get your own land.”

23 posted on 07/04/2014 4:08:47 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Gen.Blather; All
"Virtually all of his land could potentially be seized and sold."

By whom? Do you mean the feds? If so, please consider the following.

As a consequence of parents not making sure that their children are being taught about the federal government's constitutionally limited powers, and regardless what FDR's activist justices wanted everbody to think about the scope of Congress's Commerce Clause powers, the states have never delegated to the feds, expressly via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate either intrastate commerce or agricultural production. This is evidenced by the following excerpts from pre-FDR era Supreme Court case opinions.

Otherwise, yes, the feds can seize and sell the land because of the marijuana. But the only reason that they would get away with doing so is because probably the vast majority of low-information voters do not understand that the states have never given the corrupt feds the power regulate / prohibit intrastate marijuana production.

In fact, note that the only reason that the feds once prohibited the intrastate production of booze is because the states ratified the 18th Amendment (18A) to the Constitutiion which gave Congress the power to make such production illegal. (Note that the states later repealed 18A when they ratified the 21st Amendment.) The tortured interpretation of the Commerce Clause by FDR's puppet justices aside, the feds actually need an amendment like 18A to do the same thing with marijuana imo.

24 posted on 07/04/2014 4:13:57 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Amendment10

Wickard v Fishburn..


25 posted on 07/04/2014 4:51:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
Wickard v. Filburn
26 posted on 07/04/2014 4:52:40 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: Paladin2
Wickard v. Filburn

Yep, that's the response that FDR's court-packing threat elicited from the Supremes: turning the Interstate Commmerce Clause on its head to justify almost every liberal expansion of the federal government that followed from then until this day.

27 posted on 07/04/2014 4:58:23 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: Biggirl

Beware even though it was reported, the gov’t may still use this opportunity to confiscate the land...Just Saying!


28 posted on 07/04/2014 5:05:56 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Publius; Paladin2; All
Thank you for mentioning Wickard v. Filburn. Using terms like "some concept," and "implicit," here is what was left of the 10th Amendment after FDR's Constitution-ignoring justices got finished with it in Wickard v. Filburn.
“In discussion and decision, the point of reference, instead of being what was “necessary and proper” to the exercise by Congress of its granted power, was often some concept of sovereignty thought to be implicit [emphases added] in the status of statehood. Certain activities such as “production,” “manufacturing,” and “mining” were occasionally said to be within the province of state governments and beyond the power of Congress under the Commerce Clause.”—Wickard v. Filburn, 1942.

FDR's justices had watered the 10th Amendment down to a wives' tale imo.

29 posted on 07/04/2014 5:06:19 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Publius

Hay, I got the burn (maryjoowanna) part right.


30 posted on 07/04/2014 5:16:30 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I thought you were referring to Lawrence Fishburne.


31 posted on 07/04/2014 5:25:19 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: Biggirl
the most impressive thing of it was that it was a pretty elaborate growing operation

Hahahahaha! Hardly. That's merely a Jose and Cousin Juan turning a quick dime operation. No, an elaborate growing operation is in a temperature controlled building with grow lights and armed guards. A couple years ago in the states of Washington and Oregon, the National Park rangers put out notices and reports on tv and newspapers for tourists not to venture off the paths or they'd get shot by the marijuana growers. Illegals, of course.

32 posted on 07/04/2014 5:47:45 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Biggirl

“Tee for Texas, Tee for THC......”

No worries. When Governor Moonbeam was doing his original
term in the ‘70s he bought some property in the woods in
my part of CA. The hippies were growing pot there back
then and the debate was whether or not Gov Brown knew
about it. Bet he has a commercial operation these days.


33 posted on 07/04/2014 6:04:01 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: ConservingFreedom
NOT according tot he article... but if they did, sure
34 posted on 07/04/2014 9:27:45 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode
not likely since he is the one that alerted the authorities...

If they want his land, it's entirely likely.

It's happened before.

35 posted on 07/05/2014 12:30:23 AM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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To: rmh47
that's simply corruption, not rule of law... my point was if you find and report illegal activity on your property you have nothing to do with you won't be charged with it, unless there is corruption going on, but not in a lawful jurisdiction
36 posted on 07/05/2014 7:32:04 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode
my point was if you find and report illegal activity on your property you have nothing to do with you won't be charged with it

And that, my FRiend, is the beauty of asset forfeiture laws. You don't need to be (and probably won't be) charged with anything. If they want your land, they just take it. It's up to you to prove your innocence to get it back.

Does away with all that pesky "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" business.

Of course, if they don't really want your land, you're golden.

As for all that stuff about corruption, yeah, so what's your point?

37 posted on 07/05/2014 11:28:21 AM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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To: rmh47
i guess my point is, it depends on where you live, cause it would never fly in my county...

then again i may be one of the few that live in a county where that kind of corruption never got it's foot in the door

38 posted on 07/05/2014 12:06:25 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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