Drug Czar ‘Too Busy” to Meet With Fellow Cops – by Norm Stamper
Norm sends a letter to Gil Kerlikowske:
Subject: You Can Run But You Can’t Hide
We didn’t just drop by on June 14, Gil. We had sent emails and made phone calls asking for a meeting. Our requests went unanswered. So we decided to show up in person, and hope for an audience.
Instead, you sent your aide downstairs to head us off in the lobby. The man graciously accepted the report, promised to deliver it to you, and to convey our request that you get back to us with your reactions.
Just curious, have you read it? […]
But we weren’t there to ask for money, Gil. And we do understand that you haven’t the authority to change laws.
Our expectation was that you’d at least be willing to have a grownup conversation about our drug laws. […]
We’ve come by our anti-drug war views honestly, through scholarship, research and real-world experience. Our point of view is increasingly in alignment with that of citizen-taxpayers across the country.
We’re not going away, Gil. Talk to us.
Day Laborers Tricked Into Harvesting Pot; Get Prison Time at Toke of the Town
Federal prosecutors are wrapping up a weak case against 11 men charged with cultivating thousands of marijuana plants in Ohio. The state’s former top cop claimed it’s an example of cartel-sponsored drug production, but defense attorneys point out that many of the defendants were day laborers who were tricked into harvesting the illegal crop. […]
For instance, Leonel Mondragon-Garcia got a call on his cellphone offering “a day’s work” with no details, according to his attorney, Margaret Quinn. He was driven to a rural wooded area north of the Muskingum River and learned he was expected to help harvest a field of marijuana.
Just about the time he figured out he was trapped of the day, police raided the grow camp, arresting Mondragon-Garcia and 10 others, according to Quinn.
The 29-year-old spent several months in jail before pleading guilty to conspiracy to “knowingly and intentionally manufacture” more than 1,000 marijuana plants. He was given 12 months and one day in prison, after which he’ll be deported to Mexico.
Must make the DEA and the federal prosecutors feel good knowing they’re able to stick it to someone like that.
War and Memory by John Sinclair
A nice, but sad piece, about concert venues, the drug war, and asset forfeiture abuse.