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Drug Gangs Taking Over US Public Lands
Associated Press ^ | March 1, 2010 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL

Posted on 03/01/2010 8:20:22 AM PST by george76

Some Using Armed Guards, Trip Wires To Safeguard Plots.

Not far from Yosemite's waterfalls and in the middle of California's redwood forests, Mexican drug gangs are quietly commandeering U.S. public land to grow millions of marijuana plants and using smuggled immigrants to cultivate them.

Pot has been grown on public lands for decades, but Mexican traffickers have taken it to a whole new level: using armed guards and trip wires to safeguard sprawling plots that in some cases contain tens of thousands of plants offering a potential yield of more than 30 tons of pot a year.

"Just like the Mexicans took over the methamphetamine trade, they've gone to mega, monster gardens.

Local, state and federal agents found about a million more pot plants each year between 2004 and 2008, and authorities say an estimated 75 percent to 90 percent of the new marijuana farms can be linked to Mexican gangs.

In 2008 alone, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, police across the country confiscated or destroyed 7.6 million plants from about 20,000 outdoor plots.

Growing marijuana in the U.S. saves traffickers the risk and expense of smuggling their product across the border and allows gangs to produce their crops closer to local markets.

The Sequoia National Forest in central California is covered in a patchwork of pot fields, most of which are hidden along mountain creeks and streams, far from hiking trails. It's the same situation in the nearby Yosemite, Sequoia and Redwood national parks.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedenverchannel.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: California; US: New Mexico; US: Washington; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 0bamasfault; 2010; aliens; drugcartels; drugs; environment; g74; illegalaliens; immigrantlist; immigration; marijuana; methamphetamine; mexico; narcoterror; obamalegacy; obamasfault; openborders; publiclands; wod
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1 posted on 03/01/2010 8:20:22 AM PST by george76
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To: george76
Building the new businesses that Americans use to do.
2 posted on 03/01/2010 8:21:49 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: george76

This was reported years ago and still it’s a clear and present danger. I wish this administration would spend as much time and energy on cleaning out our National Parks as it does on health care deform.


3 posted on 03/01/2010 8:23:06 AM PST by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: george76
Are they using the parks in an environmentally responsible, sustainable, and carbon neutral way? /s
4 posted on 03/01/2010 8:23:38 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: bmwcyle

Makes the new CCW law for National Parks seem all the more reasonable, doesn’t it?


5 posted on 03/01/2010 8:24:02 AM PST by Sparticus (Libs, they're so open minded that their brains leaked out.)
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To: george76

Is this their idea of Reconquista? They don’t want the crumbling cities and states, only the public land for growing their pot?


6 posted on 03/01/2010 8:24:05 AM PST by DownInFlames
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To: george76

Meanwhile, DEA helicopters scour *private* property in parts of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia for pot gardens planted by white hillbillies.


7 posted on 03/01/2010 8:27:28 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: george76

Yet another reason to legalize it.


8 posted on 03/01/2010 8:28:20 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Sparticus
Makes the new CCW law for National Parks seem all the more reasonable, doesn’t it?

The words "reasonable" and/or "rational" don't apply to the nuts running the asylum which is the Zero regime.
9 posted on 03/01/2010 8:29:04 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: george76

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2454899/posts

More than a dozen pristine landscapes, wildlife habitats and scenic rivers in 11 Western states, some larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, are under consideration by the Obama administration to become America’s newest National Monuments — a decision the administration can make unilaterally without local input or congressional approval.
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NOW WE KNOW WHY!!!!!


10 posted on 03/01/2010 8:29:14 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: bmwcyle

so much for staying on the trails and keeping the wilderness pristine. Looks like the mexicans couldn’t care less about a pristine environment let alone our laws. Who would have guessed?


11 posted on 03/01/2010 8:30:00 AM PST by D Rider
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To: Sparticus

“Makes the new CCW law for National Parks seem all the more reasonable, doesn’t it?”

...damn straight!...I live close to the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway...last Spring our county sheriff issued a notice to all hikers,campers and trout fishermen...be alert when you’re in the outdoors...it’s easy to walk up on a meth lab or pot farm and get shot.


12 posted on 03/01/2010 8:30:11 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: D Rider

Laws, what laws, WE DON’T NEED........


13 posted on 03/01/2010 8:31:24 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: george76
Dealing with Mexican drug gangs would/should make beautiful training exercises for SEALS and other Special forces..

Somebody is missing a lovely opportunity to sharpen our forces.. Since Mexico has no government because the Mexican government IS the drug cartels.. Foreign intel could gathered as well..

The only problem is.. how far the mexican drug cartels have penetrated the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT..
This has not been determined.. YET..

14 posted on 03/01/2010 8:31:33 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: george76
Didn't we once have an army do deal with this sort of things. Once you find one of these things, deploy a few sniper teams and clean out the leadership. Then send in a reinforced company to round up the workers. Federal land means no problem with using federal troops. Just deputize them and eliminate the problem.
15 posted on 03/01/2010 8:32:36 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: george76

I blame the open borders policy of GWBush, Clinton and 0bama. They think this stuff is a big joke in DC. Such as that moron McCain and Miss Lindsey Graham

Pure treason in my book


16 posted on 03/01/2010 8:34:11 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: bassmaner
Meanwhile, DEA helicopters scour *private* property in parts of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia for pot gardens planted by white hillbillies

Excellent point.
Re the illegal crop production in the National Park:Personally, I think someone should napalm the whole crop area.The environmentalist nitwits would go ballistic.
I know,I know,too radical. Just kidding. (kinda)
17 posted on 03/01/2010 8:35:20 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: Army Air Corps
Are they using the parks in an environmentally responsible, sustainable, and carbon neutral way? /s

Did they do an environmental impact study? Are there any endangered frogs, salamanders, fish, turtles, insects, plants, etc., threatened?

18 posted on 03/01/2010 8:40:31 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: george76

Those in the MJ business are many many years ahead of those trying to stop it. I attended a ciy council meeting near Denver regarding the exploding Medical MJ business around here. From just a legal p.o.v., it is a very intesting problem with good points on both sides, but the gov’t is miles behind even in these cases.

No brownies were served.


19 posted on 03/01/2010 8:41:03 AM PST by mad puppy (Letterman finally made me laugh....proving Sarah Palin oh so right about him.)
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To: shadeaud

If some hiker stumbles across one of these fields they won’t be allowed to leave. We all know what thaat means.
Govt needs to go in,find these fields and shoot first.


20 posted on 03/01/2010 8:41:38 AM PST by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: hosepipe
Dealing with Mexican drug gangs would/should make beautiful training exercises for SEALS and other Special forces..

Well,now,we can't have that.Too logical.
Amazing,isn't it,how appropriate it is to try enemy combatants like shoplifters,but we certainly don't want the military involved in border control or dealing with drug cartels.
21 posted on 03/01/2010 8:41:59 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: hosepipe

Dealing with Mexican drug gangs would/should make beautiful training exercises for SEALS and other Special forces..

DoD does not want the mission. When stationed in HI, there was talk of using Marine assets to patrol the hills for pot growers. The Marines said no thanks due to public relations aspects and safety of troops. Those pot growers were using claymores and M-60s to secure their fields. Nothing like sending a Marine home in a box due to stepping into the wrong grid square in HI. Pot growers are a paranoid and dangerous group of people. If you find yourself in a field, get out and go away fast.


22 posted on 03/01/2010 8:42:13 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: george76

and the feds do not want us to carry weapons in the parks.....


23 posted on 03/01/2010 8:42:18 AM PST by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: GonzoGOP
"Didn't we once have an army do deal with this sort of things."

We still have Texas. Maybe they could send over a Ranger or two to take care of this problem.

24 posted on 03/01/2010 8:43:01 AM PST by D Rider
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To: george76

Anyone ready for legalization yet?


25 posted on 03/01/2010 8:43:13 AM PST by Uncle Miltie
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To: george76; All
We've been warning about this for years. It's disaster in the making, as evidenced by the 88,000 acre LaBrea fire last year...set by these Mexican Drug Cartels.

More about his here, with photos of these plantations and the damage to our environment...and soveriegnty...where are the ecofreaks when you need them???

http://www.idealtaxes.com/post3062.shtml

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One of the firearms recovered from a Cartel grow in Siskiyou County, Ca.

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A log book kept by a cartel worker...notice MS13 notes.

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One of the huge pits..big enough for an SUV, that the cartels hide their equipment.

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Campsite...food refuse, human waste, burning candles...

26 posted on 03/01/2010 8:45:44 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: wiggen

I am afraid to hike in the Mark Twain National Forest (in Missouri, meth capital of the world) for this very reason. It’s a shame. I don’t know what’s in there, but I’m not gonna be the one to find out.


27 posted on 03/01/2010 8:47:46 AM PST by GnuHere
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To: george76

A guy hubby works with daugher is a forrest ranger in California and she has said it is getting really dangerous going out into the park and none of them go alone to anywhere that hasn’t been visited in the past few weeks for fear of stumbling into this sort of thing.


28 posted on 03/01/2010 8:50:46 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: GnuHere

Nor should you be. Its a clear cut case of the government,at all levels,abdicating their responsibilities.
Clearly if they can be reported in the press then those in power cannot plead ignorance.


29 posted on 03/01/2010 8:51:35 AM PST by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: hosepipe
Dealing with Mexican drug gangs would/should make beautiful training exercises for SEALS and other Special forces..

Good idea... that or issue no limit tags and let our hunting populace get in some target practice to clean the scum out!

30 posted on 03/01/2010 8:52:03 AM PST by JDoutrider (Send G. Soros home! Hell isn't half full!)
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To: george76

Why would anyone be surprised. Here’s your AMNESTY, McCain!


31 posted on 03/01/2010 8:53:02 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: gimme1ibertee
Personally, I think someone should napalm the whole crop area.The environmentalist nitwits would go ballistic. I know,I know,too radical. Just kidding. (kinda)

I'm inclined to agree -- it's Mexican dirt weed anyway. American home-grown is much better quality ...

32 posted on 03/01/2010 8:53:09 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
"Anyone ready for legalization yet?"

How would legalization stop this problem?

33 posted on 03/01/2010 8:54:04 AM PST by Infralutheran
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To: Infralutheran
American growers would plant it LEGALLY, on PRIVATE land. There would not longer be a financial incentive for illegals to commandeer PUBLIC property for 'illegal' activities.
34 posted on 03/01/2010 8:57:12 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: george76

In other news Mexican gangs and millions of other illegal aliens are taking over towns, cities and states all over America.


35 posted on 03/01/2010 9:03:11 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: bassmaner
American home-grown is much better quality ...

I'm sure it is...LOL..We could cultivate it and sell it under the brand name "Yankee Doodle Doobage" :D
Seriously,though, i'd like to see the Mexican Drug Cartel eliminated once and for all,although that will never happen.But we can at least grow our own and not have our borders infiltrated with criminals and thugs. I don't smoke pot,but know people who do so under a doctor's supervision,and I see nothing wrong with medicinal use.I personally have no dog in the fight as far as legalization goes,but if and when it's legalized,it should be heavily regulated and taxed.I mean,if we're gonna punish tobacco smokers with heavy regulation and hefty taxes,why not pot smokers?
36 posted on 03/01/2010 9:04:42 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: bassmaner

Indeed, though I’d still want them ejected from public land. I don’t even care so much if there are little plots here or there (in the long run) but people should not be worried about trip wires on what is ESSENTIALLY land owned by every citizen of the United States (or of that state) and is for their enjoyment.

And it is more hidden, unlike other drugs which could not (as easily) be grown on public lands.

But then, if we let people make decisions for themselves whatever would the government do?!


37 posted on 03/01/2010 9:06:41 AM PST by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: george76

Part of me wonders how much of this is simply propaganda put forth by by the government in order to justify the WOD.


38 posted on 03/01/2010 9:07:04 AM PST by GSWarrior
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Sorry, wrong link on the photos!!!

http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/search?q=invasion+800+miles


39 posted on 03/01/2010 9:07:15 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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Really? My guess is the government would see the new legal marijuana business as a great source of revenue and eventually tax it in close proximity to the taxes they impose on tobacco.

The illegal cigarette market is a very booming business. Take a little field trip. Go to your local grocery store or convenience store and look at the brands of cigarettes available and notice the prices. Next drive to a local Indian Reservation and go to a smoke shop. Take a look at the brands available and notice the prices. You will notice a whole plethora of brands that are illegal to sell of the reservation at very low prices (because they don’t have to charge taxes).

How will legalized marijuana be any different?


40 posted on 03/01/2010 9:08:04 AM PST by Infralutheran
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To: D Rider
"Didn't we once have an army do deal with this sort of things."P We still have Texas. Maybe they could send over a Ranger or two to take care of this problem.

Oh sure, you Texans takes care of business. Don't mess with Texas....right..

Just a few years ago, when Bush was presidente in 2006

500,000 illegal aliens march on Dallas Texas making demands and threats while pushing foreign flags in the Texans faces.


41 posted on 03/01/2010 9:09:06 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: GonzoGOP
Didn't we once have an army do deal with this sort of things.

If it was meth, our home-grown biker gangs would have taken care of the problem.
42 posted on 03/01/2010 9:09:19 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: GSWarrior

“Part of me wonders how much of this is simply propaganda put forth by by the government in order to justify the WOD.”

Stop wondering, see post 26, it’s a sad reality. Most of our local resources go to fighting these plantations run by Mexican narco terror cartels. And yes, It’s very dangerous.

http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/search?q=invasion+800+miles


43 posted on 03/01/2010 9:09:57 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: JDoutrider

No offense to our hunters but they strike me as the type to prefer when their prey does not shoot back (or set Claymore mines in anticipation of their arrival.)

;)


44 posted on 03/01/2010 9:10:52 AM PST by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: Thrownatbirth


If it was meth, our home-grown biker gangs would have taken care of the problem. “

Well, I wish they’d get on with it! Most of the meth is now being brewed by the Mexican cartels in YOUR home town in the off season when they aren’t growing thousands of acres of weed. Mexico imports tons of the ingredient (which we’ve made illegal to get here!), brings it in on the backs of ‘people who are just here to work’.


45 posted on 03/01/2010 9:12:24 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: GSWarrior

Maybe but the thing is, instead of justifying it (especially for pot, jesus) it only makes me think legalization is more necessary than ever.

Sure, it may not totally eliminate the problem and once a growing operation is setup in some park, it may still be profitable but a concentrated effort to clean it up would render any new operations fairly unprofitable (in a legal environment.)

Yet again, the government causes a problem with a law, which then becomes EVEN worse than some predicted (with WoD) and it would seem that LIBERTY is the best way around this.


46 posted on 03/01/2010 9:13:23 AM PST by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: Skywalk

Look at it this way. I think we can all agree that President Obama is incompetent. If he legally started smoking pot, do you really think he would get any more competent?

(I wish Free Republic had smileys, as this post would be alot funnier with the right smileys in the right places).


47 posted on 03/01/2010 9:24:20 AM PST by Infralutheran
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To: gubamyster; Regulator; Liz; Clintonfatigued; SwinneySwitch; c-b 1; brushcop; bcsco; ...

“Growing marijuana in the U.S. saves traffickers the risk and expense of smuggling their product across the border and allows gangs to produce their crops closer to local markets.”

See photos of these grows at post #26
correct link to photos: http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/search?q=invasion+800+miles


48 posted on 03/01/2010 9:35:34 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: dragnet2
In other news Mexican gangs and millions of other illegal aliens are taking over towns, cities and states all over America. I guess our "leaders" would have us learn at least enough Spanish to beg for our lives.
49 posted on 03/01/2010 9:37:09 AM PST by ScottinVA (Glad to see Demonic Unhinged (DU) highlights and attacks my FR comments!)
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To: george76

If it were legal, then legal US farmers would run them out of business.


50 posted on 03/01/2010 9:41:33 AM PST by Pessimist (u)
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