$23.00 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
Judge Halts California Plan to Stop Oil Waste Injections Into Protected Aquifers Tuesday Mar 21st 5:15 PM
California regulators weaken proposed rules for pesticide use near schools Friday Mar 17th 4:54 PM
NLG Sacramento Alert: CHP Recommending Charges for Antifa at Capitol Nazi Rally Last June (2 comments) Wednesday Mar 8th 10:50 PM
Low Numbers of Sacramento and Klamath River Salmon Point to Poor Season (1 comment) Saturday Mar 4th 9:39 PM
Stir it Up on KFCF 88.1 FM featuring Daniel O’connell and Judy Hess Wednesday Mar 1st 8:25 PM
CalPERS joins investors urging banks to address Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's concerns (1 comment) Thursday Feb 23rd 9:29 AM
Sanctuary for All March In Fresno Saturday Feb 18th 4:16 PMMore Local News...
[ × close ]
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Birds, Other Wildlife From Harmful Agricultural Pesticides Used on National Wildlife Refuges Thursday Mar 23rd 4:51 PM
Report: Children and the elderly at risk from "dangerous and close" fracking Saturday Oct 29th 3:29 AM
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 PMMore Global News...
[ × close ]
Will Work for Food Monday Feb 6th 12:18 PM
2016 California Diabetes Awareness Month ~ Victory Garden Project Saturday Nov 26th 2:04 PM
Victim of Identity Theft Tells Her Story Thursday Oct 27th 12:16 AM
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 AMOpen Newswire...
[ × close ]