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    Breaking Bad was apparently a documentary, not a fiction..


    In 2010, an estimated 22,000-plant crop was found about 4 miles into the woods. Two years later, an additional 1,200 plants were found on the other side of the county. No one was arrested either time, said Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk.
    "Everybody who was working those things took off before law enforcement could catch them," said Junk.
    Officials said items left behind at camp sites used to guard the crops linked the operations to cartels. Cartels have been tied to similar operations elsewhere in the state, including another in 2010 where hunters tipped off officials to a camp and grow site at the Coshocton/Muskingum county line. Officials found 6,000 plants and 11 men were taken into custody.

    The two marijuana operations in Pike County, valued at an estimated $23 million, are the only cases Junk recalls being related to some kind of organized crime. However, the execution-style slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family on Friday have people wondering whether there hasn't been something lurking under the surface and under the noses of law enforcement.
    Although commercial marijuana operations were found growing at three of the four murder scenes, officials have not said whether they believe they have anything to do with the deaths.
    "We have a drug problem in Pike County like everybody else, mostly heroin and methamphetamine," Junk said.

    Drug and narcotic offenses tripled in Pike County between 2013 and 2014, according to the FBI's National Incident Based Reporting System. Statewide, offenses increased just more than 11%.
    At least part of the increase can be attributed to the Pike County Sheriff's Office recommitting resources to drug investigations with the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force. Pike and its law enforcement partners in Ross, Pickaway and Fayette counties all dedicated investigators back to the task force in early 2014. The task force's efforts had been limited for several years as departments made cuts to accommodate tighter budgets caused by the recession.

    That year, the task force also took in 1.4 pounds of heroin, a half-pound of crack, 509 prescription painkillers, more than 289 pounds of marijuana, and indicted 63 for trafficking heroin and six for trafficking marijuana, according to reports filed with the Department of Public Safety.The task force is regularly finding meth labs across the region, often after receiving tips like one in January that led them to a Piketon motel and a Dumpster. In 2014, the task force reported finding 81 meth labs and indicting 85 people for manufacturing meth and 12 for trafficking meth across its region.

    http://www.ktvb.com/news/nation-now/...vity/154177700
    Dispite our best intentions, the system is dysfunctional that intelligence failure is guaranteed.
    Russ Travers, CIA analyst, 2001

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    Marijuana should be legalized and its stupid not to legalize it. As far as meth goes I cant stand tweekers. Virtual scum. This is one "drug" that the environmentalist's and right wing should band together on. When these meth labs are done they just leave their toxic waste behind to leak into the soil and water tables and streams. They have done it countless times here in Cali on the central coast. Not just Mexican gangs either but across the racial spectrum. Bus mostly cartel and gang members. Time to mandate serious punishment on the producers of Meth Labs.

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      • #4
        I'd agree. For the cartel it's just good business to manufacture as close to the customer base as possible. Saves on Shipping costs, and associated wastage from graft, bribes, seizures and the like.
        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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        • #5
          Not surprising. We are hearing about more and more overdose cases here in my area. Between the meth labs and the heroin, weed doesn't seem so bad about now.
          Don't waste your time always searching for those wasted years...

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          • #6
            Last year in Washington state there was a home invasion that went ugly, the victims were owners of a legal marijuana growing operation, the Hitman that carried it out where cartel hit men.
            The killings in Ohio may have been a cartel hit, but one thing that is off, the victims pit bulls apparently didn't attack, which family members have said the dogs were protective.
            How ever, here is a strange twist, a friend of mine who is a deputy sheriff in So. Cal. has told me there had been many cases where people growing pot have been victims of home invasions, and guess how they perpetrators are finding them?
            With drones equipped with ultraviolet cameras. They can find the houses with grow lamps, then get the gang together and go on a raid.
            Sounds crazy, but not that crazy.
            Dispite our best intentions, the system is dysfunctional that intelligence failure is guaranteed.
            Russ Travers, CIA analyst, 2001

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
              Last year in Washington state there was a home invasion that went ugly, the victims were owners of a legal marijuana growing operation, the Hitman that carried it out where cartel hit men.
              The killings in Ohio may have been a cartel hit, but one thing that is off, the victims pit bulls apparently didn't attack, which family members have said the dogs were protective.
              How ever, here is a strange twist, a friend of mine who is a deputy sheriff in So. Cal. has told me there had been many cases where people growing pot have been victims of home invasions, and guess how they perpetrators are finding them?
              With drones equipped with ultraviolet cameras. They can find the houses with grow lamps, then get the gang together and go on a raid.
              Sounds crazy, but not that crazy.
              Nothing crazy about it at all. The Feds have been using surveillance aircraft with infrared vision devices for decades to scan large areas in national parks and wilderness areas for pot farms.
              Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                Truth be told, they are operating here and have for years.
                Dispite our best intentions, the system is dysfunctional that intelligence failure is guaranteed.
                Russ Travers, CIA analyst, 2001

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                • #9
                  I wonder why the Feds with all their "toys" are allowing the 'farms' to keep operating? Maybe some government people are accepting 'donations'?

                  Pruitt
                  Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                  Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

                  by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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