October 25, 2008



July 25, 2008


Law enforcement officials from Seattle to Miami are grappling with the spread of sophisticated indoor marijuana farms, often run by ethnic gangs, that produce hundreds of pounds each year.

“You can go into any neighborhood, the nicest neighborhood you want, and the person next door could be a marijuana grower,” said Mark R. Trouville, special agent in charge of the Miami office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “It really is all about the money. It’s phenomenal.”

In Florida, such outfits are increasingly operated by Cuban-American crime syndicates. A Cuban-American organization based in Miami is setting up grow houses north in Gainesville, Jacksonville and even into Georgia and the Carolinas…………………….READ FULL STORY http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,353547,00.html

Savvy criminals are using some of the country’s most credible logos, including FedEx, Wal-Mart, DirecTV and the U.S. Border Patrol, to create fake trucks to smuggle drugs, money and illegal aliens across the border, according to a report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Termed “cloned” vehicles, the report also warns that terrorists could use the same fake trucks to gain access to secure areas with hidden weapons.

The report says criminals have been able to easily obtain the necessary vinyl logo markings and signs for $6,000 or less. Authorities say “cosmetically cloned commercial vehicles are not illegal.”…..[IMAGES]…..READ FULL STORY http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4156618

Firefighters responding Friday to a report of a possible structure fire instead found a man grilling on a charcoal grill inside his home and 22 marijuana plants growing in the bathroom, Lamoille County police said.

As a result of the visit, Robert Schrader, 29, of Hyde Park, Vt., was charged with violations of conditions, possession of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana.Firefighters responded to his 36 Common Wealth Ave. apartment at 5:26 p.m. and noticed Schrader had been using his grill indoors. While extinguishing the fire, firefighters found what they believed to be a marijuana growing room in the bathroom.A search warrant was obtained and police returned to the apartment, where they found 22 marijuana plants, a power supply and a grow light………………READ FULL STORY http://www.wptz.com/news/16165971/detail.html

One armed man was shot and killed and two others escaped on foot into the brush during a raid early Thursday on a marijuana patch in the hills south of Saratoga, a Santa Clara County sheriff’s lieutenant said.

The shooting happened when five deputies and 15 other officers confronted the men at the patch around 7:30 a.m., Lt. Ed Wise said.

It was not immediately known if the men fired at officers or how many shots were fired, or by whom, Wise said.

“The deputies started to enter a large marijuana garden and encountered three subjects armed with guns,” Wise said. “During the encounter, shots were fired. One subject was shot and fatally wounded, and two others fled on foot.”The dead man was not immediately identified.

Rodriguez said crime scene investigators had not yet reached the site by late afternoon Thursday, and the coroner had not yet removed the body.

The raid was organized by the sheriff’s marijuana eradication team, along with narcotics officers from the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting. That outfit, run by the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, is a task force of local, state and federal agencies that focuses on eradicating marijuana growing and trafficking in California………..READ FULL STORY http://sanfranciscochronicle.info/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/07/10/BACT11N1DV.DTL

In early March, an investigation, which originated in Henry County, led officers to Saltillo where they found a huge tank about 15 feet underground housing 1,048 marijuana plants, as well as assorted equipment for growing, all of which was seized. During the three-day search, which took place Thursday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1, officers were on the scene 24 hours a day and also confiscated three pounds of bagged marijuana, methamphetamine pipes, three tractors, one bulldozer, one trackhoe, six other vehicles, 15 guns, various chainsaws, weedeaters, welding torches and assorted tools and $4,500.00.This was the second major bust at the 600-acre rural farm of Thomas Gooslin and wife, Tamera, who are still incarcerated following the discovery of an underground marijuana-growing lab late in February. The first bust was the result of information from an informant in Henry County to local officials.
Seized during the second raid Friday, March 21, was in excess of $100,000 cash and more than 550 pounds of marijuana transported in a rental van. DTF Agent Chuck White said the money and drugs are currently locked up at the TBI offices in Jackson. He said the large stash of drugs and cash was just too much to count during the raid………READ FULL STORY http://www.mckenziebanner.com/2008/news/mar18_24/mar24_bust.htm

Damien Anthony Andrews, 34, was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at his log cabin located on a 39-acre parcel in Santa Ysabel last Wednesday, prosecutor Sherri Walker Hobson said.Federal agents found a sophisticated clandestine indoor marijuana growing operation consisting of 454 marijuana plants that was concealed underground, accessible by a concealed closet elevator in a garage structure on the parcel.From the elevator shaft, there was a 4-foot wide, 65-foot tunnel that led to the large underground grow rooms with irrigation, lighting, electrical and ventilation systems, according to the documents…….READ FULL STORY http://www.10news.com/news/11519120/detail.html

WEST VANCOUVER — It was a business venture worthy of famed ’70s potheads Cheech and Chong: Police officers called to investigate a possible drunk driver discovered $60,000 worth of marijuana plants being grown inside a car.The 140 plants — in two stages of growth — were being farmed inside a Toyota RAV4.”The investigators also discovered a transformer used to boost the electrical input of the car, as well as a watering can, a spray bottle and fertilizer. The man also had white sheeting, electrical cords and the right lighting.”……..READ FULL STORY http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=f38e2a4b-5901-4094-b496-60b37c6d83b