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  • Protecting The Pot Harvest (Sigh)

    Wait... Am I missing something? We are going to provide protection for an act that is a Federal Violation of law? Is this CALEA approved? Can we loose our CALEA accreditation for something like this?

    What if the DEA shows up? Will we take them on to protect the harvesters, transporters, buyer or sellers?

    http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/n...e127d4c07.html

    CHP to help protect Calaveras County during cannabis harvest

    Dana Nichols

    Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio answers questions Wednesday night during a community meeting in Shutter Tree Park in Mokelumne Hill.

    The California Highway Patrol will provide three patrol units and, at times, a helicopter to help protect cannabis-growing regions of Calaveras County during this fall’s harvest, Sheriff Rick DiBasilio said Wedneday night.

    DiBasilio made the announcement near the end of a community meeting in Shutter Tree Park in Mokelumne Hill after a man who was one of the more than 100 people present asked what security recommendations DiBasilio had for the approaching harvest season.

    DiBasilio recommended that nongrowers stay away from the farms. He also said that he called the commissioner of the California Highway Patrol and had been promised three patrol units to assist local officers from September through November.

    “You will see a CHP helicopter flying over now and again,” DiBasilio said.

    The announcement comes just a few weeks after DiBasilio said during a community meeting in Mountain Ranch that he did not have enough staff to protect the sprawling cannabis farming region during the coming harvest.

    Last year during harvest season, three alleged thieves were gunned down at a cannabis garden near Rail Road Flat. One of the farmers in that case, Jeremiah Lee Barrett, is in jail awaiting trial on charges of murdering the three thieves. His trial, originally scheduled for September, has now been pushed back to January.

    DiBasilio’s announcement that his agency will get some help with harvest security was welcome news to Mark Bolger, a cannabis farmer and a member of the board of the Calaveras Cannabis Alliance.

    “I think it is great news. Legal participants in this industry are glad to see more boots on the ground with law enforcement,” Bolger said.

    Bolger and more than 700 other farmers have in recent months paid fees of $5,000 per farm to pay for the costs to Calaveras County of hiring inspectors and sheriff deputies required to enforce an urgency ordinance regulating the industry that the board of supervisors approved in May.

    DiBasilio said after Wednesday night’s meeting ended that he also hopes to bolster harvest security by using some of the fee money to hire an officer for the Marijuana Enforcement Team.

    Bolger said he’s hopeful that the increase security will help both farmers and other community members.

    “Let’s cross our fingers that there is no need to respond to any cannabis grows this year and that no criminal element from the Valley comes up and tries to create problems on legal cannabis farms,” he said.

    The cannabis industry discussion was only a small part of the community meeting in Mokelumne Hill. Event organizer Shirley Nester said she called the meeting because of a number of recent burglaries in the town, including one of her mother’s home.

    Nester said one of the items taken was a wicker basket with a broken handle that belonged to her great-great-grandmother, a precious heirloom but something unlikely to have much monetary value to a thief.

    “I don’t want to see this happen to anybody else in this town,” Nester said.

    Several people at the meeting said they no longer bring their children to the park because one or more homeless people are often there drinking. Some said they encountered a homeless man washing his clothes in the park drinking fountain.

    DiBasilio said that if the veterans’ district, which owns the park, were to post signs banning loitering there at night, then his deputies could cite or, in some cases, arrest people who are in the park after hours. But he said the homeless have the same right to be in the park as others.

    Nester, too, advised her fellow community members not to be “vigilantes.”

    “These are human beings we are talking about,” she said. “But we want our park back.”

    Nester circulated a clip board for those present to sign up for a soon-to-form Mokelumne Hill neighborhood watch organization. She said she hopes to reduce the burglary problem by organizing pairs of neighborhood watch members to conduct night time patrols.

    DiBasilio praised the neighborhood watch effort and said that Deputy Jim Moser, who is assigned to Mokelumne Hill, will assist in setting it up. “What we need is your eyes and ears,” DiBasilio said.
    Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

  • #2
    Sign of the times? Dan Matthews aka Broderick Crawford would be turning over in his grave. This is somewhat akin to Elliot Ness joining Al Capone to make Chicago a safer place.

    Somehow, I'm not surprised though, and it isn't just California.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by PhilipCal View Post
      Somehow, I'm not surprised though, and it isn't just California.
      I think we're starting to become Florida.
      Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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      • #4
        Who cares if dopers kill dopers. That's community spirit.
        Last edited by CCCSD; 08-13-2016, 01:21 PM.
        Now go home and get your shine box!

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        • #5
          I'd be calling in sick the days assigned to that detail. I will never get how state law can trump federal law.
          I'd rather be judged by 12 rather carried by 6.

          It should be noted that any and all post that are made are based on my own thought and opinions. And are not related or implied to represent the department I work for.

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          • #6
            So... We (LE) are working for the cartels now..?

            GFY Jerry assclown Brown.
            Now go home and get your shine box!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by moparfan View Post
              I'd be calling in sick the days assigned to that detail. I will never get how state law can trump federal law.
              People's Republic of California. They get to have "Sanctuary Cities" too.

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              • #8
                Also the state to allow illegals to have a driver's license
                I'd rather be judged by 12 rather carried by 6.

                It should be noted that any and all post that are made are based on my own thought and opinions. And are not related or implied to represent the department I work for.

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                • #9
                  Yep. It's Mexifornia now. La Raza has seen the dream. We are now Mexicans. Which has its advantages as now we can just shoot people at will, pay a bribe, and never set foot in jail...
                  Now go home and get your shine box!

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                  • #10
                    If the Governor had any balls, he would order napalm drops over all the crops....I hate this F....... state and most of the people in it..
                    Retired LASD

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                    • #11
                      Wow.....no wonder my nephew, who is with US Customs wants to test for the PSP when he comes back to get married this month!!!
                      Last edited by Wallyworld51; 08-13-2016, 05:05 PM. Reason: Crappie speling

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Retired96 View Post
                        If the Governor had any balls, he would order napalm drops over all the crops....I hate this F....... state and most of the people in it..
                        If Congress had any testicular fortitude, they would give the entire left coast back to Mexico.....then they'd probably build the wall !!

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                        • #13
                          It's already mostly Mexico...
                          Now go home and get your shine box!

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                          • #14
                            Play stupid games and win stupid prizes. An all expenses paid trip with travel, meals, and accommodations included!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CCCSD View Post
                              It's already mostly Mexico...
                              Touche!!!

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