Posts tagged: marijuana
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Law enforcement officers in south-central Idaho seized 3,300 marijuana plants from a grow site in the Sawtooth National Forest. Cassia County Sheriff Jay Heward says the street value of the plants was estimated at $6.6 million. Forty-six people helped pull up the plants Thursday and load them onto large nets that were carried out by a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration helicopter. Heward says the DEA was flying an annual mission to locate marijuana plants when it discovered the grow site. The sheriff says the investigation continues, but persons of interest have been identified.
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in south-central Idaho say a drug-sniffing dog found $27,000 worth of Marijuana on a passenger bus at a stop in Burley. The Cassia County Sheriff's Office tells The Times-News (http://bit.ly/11YByje) that Kuma found the nearly six pounds of marijuana in luggage on Wednesday. Police say 24-year-old Romal Khair was taken into custody and faces charges of felony drug trafficking. Police say they responded to the Greyhound Lines bus stop on West Main Street in Burley after receiving a complaint that a passenger smelled like marijuana.
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Blaine County Republican Central Committee has passed a resolution supporting the legalization of marijuana in Idaho. The committee approved the resolution 6-2 earlier this week. Committee member Mike Connor told the Times-News (http://bit.ly/VivjVI ) the resolution is not an endorsement for doing drugs, but an acknowledgement that the War on Drugs is costly and producing few results. It's a rare stance for any committee affiliated with Idaho's dominant political party, and Connor admits the resolution is not likely to gain much political momentum. Idaho Republican Party Executive Director Joshua Whitworth says county central committees pass resolutions frequently, but this is the first one he's seen take a stance to legalize marijuana. Last year, former Republican Rep. Tom Trail of Moscow failed to get a bill approved to legalize medical marijuana.
Idaho has seen two major drug raids in the last 24 hours, as federal authorities raided 11 locations in Twin Falls County in a crackdown on selling “spice,” or synthetic marijuana; and Idaho State Police detectives, along with aerial support, raided 12 marijuana grow sites in a Gooding County cornfield, pulling 3,684 marijuana plants that ISP said have an estimated street value of more than $7 million.
The ISP received an anonymous tip last night, prompting the cornfield raid; they're asking anyone with information to call a tip hotline at (800) 524-7277.
The spice raids, which were preceded by five indictments for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue, were part of a nationwide spice crackdown and targeted businesses including a Twin Falls auto sales lot, a skate shop, a tattoo and body piercing shop and more. The defendants, if convicted, could face up to 20 years in prison. Click below for a full announcement from Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson; the raid is part of a national push that earlier targeted 13 head shops in the Treasure Valley, in which nine were found to be openly selling spice.
Said Olson, “This week's law enforcement actions should send a strong message that if you're selling spice under any name or packaging you need to stop.”