top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Sat Jul 25 2009
The 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."

photoRead more and view photos
03/20/17 YARR Training Attracts Crowd of Santa Cruz Supporters for Rapid Response System Front Page | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/20/17 "Tech Stands Up" Rally Calls on Company Leaders to Speak Out for Diversity & Civil Rights Front Page | Labor & Workers | Peninsula | Government & Elections03/20/17 Threats to Native Bees Include Severe Habitat Loss and Escalating Pesticide Use Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | California | U.S.03/20/17 Community Support Remains Strong as Yuvette Henderson Lawsuit Goes Forward Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay03/14/17 Anti-Homeless Architecture is Widespread in Downtown Santa Cruz Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/13/17 Gender Strikes Organized Internationally as Follow-Up to Women's Marches Front Page | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | LGBTI / Queer | Womyn | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/12/17 Vallejo Cop Spencer Bottomley Assaults Person Who Had Sat Down and Surrendered Front Page | Police State and Prisons | North Bay / Marin03/10/17 Conference Aims to Build Anti-Racist Front Against Oppression and Capitalism in Bay Area Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | LGBTI / Queer | Womyn | San Francisco | East Bay | Immigrant Rights03/03/17 Janet Fardette of Leveelies Pushes the Idea that “Street Feeding” Keeps People Homeless Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/02/17 Youth Rise Up in Protest for Young Man Assaulted by LAPD Officer Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Education & Student Activism | California03/02/17 Bay Area Air Quality Mngmt District Employees Fired For Exposing Destruction of Records Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Labor & Workers | East Bay
Related Categories: Central Valley | Drug War | Front Page
Judge Halts California Plan to Stop Oil Waste Injections Into Protected Aquifers Center for Biological Diversity Tuesday Mar 21st 5:15 PM
California regulators weaken proposed rules for pesticide use near schools via Californians for Pesticide Reform Friday Mar 17th 4:54 PM
Low Numbers of Sacramento and Klamath River Salmon Point to Poor Season Dan Bacher (1 comment) Saturday Mar 4th 9:39 PM
Sanctuary for All March In Fresno Mike Rhodes Saturday Feb 18th 4:16 PM
More Local News...
[ × close ]
Will Work for Food kelly borkert Monday Feb 6th 12:18 PM
2016 California Diabetes Awareness Month ~ Victory Garden Project Khubaka, Michael Harris Saturday Nov 26th 2:04 PM
Victim of Identity Theft Tells Her Story Gloria Walker Thursday Oct 27th 12:16 AM
USDA Unviels New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Agriculture Entrepreneurs Khubaka, Michael Harris Friday Apr 29th 10:56 PM
UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet Repost from Sac Bee Thursday Apr 14th 12:17 PM
One Person Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting In Central Fresno corporate repost. KFSN-TV / ABC Wednesday Mar 23rd 8:28 PM
Open Newswire...
[ × close ]