$88.00 donated in past month
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Sat Jul 25 2009The Drug War Comes to Eastern Fresno County
Sat Jul 25 2009$1.6 Billion of Marijuana Seized by Local, State and Federal Police
Fresno County was the focus of the War on Drugs, as Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (also known as the Drug Czar), came to town. Kerlikowske and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims held a press conference to announce operation Save our Sierra (SOS), which has now resulted in 90 arrests and approximately $1.4 billion worth of marijuana plants seized.
Mims said Mexican drug cartels are behind most of the marijuana being grown in the Sierra mountains, east of Fresno. At the time of last Wednesday's press conference, 81 of the 82 people arrested in the raids were Latinos. Speakers emphasized the damage done to the environment by marijuana growers, displaying fertilizers, pesticides, and trash left behind at the camps.
But Nancy Botwin (not her real name), a marijuana grower at the 3,000 foot elevation in eastern Fresno County with over 10 years of experience in the business, said she has never seen any sign of the Mexican Mafia in the Sierra. Botwin says she has, however, seen plenty of evidence of the SOS campaign. "They have been flying back and forth in their military helicopters for a couple of weeks now," Botwin said. "A couple of days ago they hovered over a garden a few hundred yards from here. What that did was tell the locals where the pot is at. Sure enough, a local teenager went down and harvested the pot and he was busted later in the day."
Read more and view photos
Jerry Brown calls for fast-tracking of river agreements to build Delta Tunnels Sunday Sep 25th 5:00 PM
Health Watchdog Sues Dow for Pesticide Air Pollution Saturday Sep 24th 12:07 PM
Ask Metropolitan Water District, Delta Tunnels proponent, the tough questions Wednesday Sep 14th 8:27 AM
Sacramento Area Residents Hold Protest Against Dakota Access Pipeline Outside Citibank Friday Sep 9th 11:18 AM
Legal Victory Overturns Federal Plan to Open 1 Million Acres of CA Public Land to Fracking Tuesday Sep 6th 5:40 PM
Delta communities submit comments on environmentally unjust Delta Tunnels Monday Sep 5th 7:11 PM
Dakota Access Citibank Protest (Sacramento) Sunday Sep 4th 6:41 PMMore Local News...
[ × close ]
WW CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day & Attacks On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown (1 comment) Wednesday Aug 31st 8:28 PM
Justice For CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll-Statement At Sacramento Trial (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 9th 9:56 PM
Fired CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll's Lawyer Dan Siegel On Retaliation Witnesses (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 2nd 7:55 AM
Africa Day 2016 at the California State Capitol featuring Roots Sunday Friday May 20th 4:37 AM
West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry Thursday Apr 14th 3:32 PM
Acidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells Tuesday Mar 22nd 7:40 PM
Kwanzaa, "first fruits of the harvest" is a "California Grown" International Holiday Tuesday Dec 15th 2:56 PMMore Global News...
[ × close ]
USDA Unviels New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Agriculture Entrepreneurs Friday Apr 29th 10:56 PM
UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet Thursday Apr 14th 12:17 PM
One Person Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting In Central Fresno Wednesday Mar 23rd 8:28 PM
Central Valley Diabetes Self-Management Program celebrates National Nutrition Month Thursday Mar 17th 10:53 AM
Stockton, California and Asaba, Nigeria poised to help lead a New Era of Sister Cities Monday Mar 14th 12:07 PM
Annual Central Valley Against Human Trafficking Conference Highlights Sunday Feb 28th 4:47 PM
California Diabetes Awareness Month Saturday Nov 7th 8:26 AMOpen Newswire...
[ × close ]