Mendocino County District Attorney Attributes Rise in Violent Crime in the Area to Black Market Cannabis Industry

Tactical gear and military-grade weapons used during last September's robbery and kidnapping. [Picture provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office]

Tactical gear and military-grade weapons used during last September’s robbery and kidnapping. [Picture provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

During a budgetary presentation to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, June 9, District Attorney David Eyster described a 10% rise in violent felonies from 2019 to 2020. 3rd District Supervisor John Haschak asked whether that rise was related to the cannabis industry, legal or illegal, and DA Eyster responded,

DA Eyster then recounted two specific crimes from the last year that he said were emblematic of the violence associated with the black market cannabis industry.

First, DA Eyster outlined the recent double murder that occurred on at a Willits cannabis grow. Christopher Wayne Gamble stands accused of the murder of two men, Ulises Andrade Ayala and Anwar Ayala, in a crime that Eyster referred to as “heinous.” According to a criminal complaint issued by the Mendocino County DA, Gamble also is accused of animal abuse involving hurting or killing chickens.

Christopher Wayne Gamble, the Willits Man who stands accused of double homicide on a cannabis growing operation [Picture from the MCSO Booking Logs]

Christopher Wayne Gamble, the Willits Man who stands accused of double homicide on a cannabis growing operation [Photo from the MCSO Booking Logs]

The second crime that DA Eyster referred to was when three out-of-area men, outfitted in tactical gear and military-style weapons, attempted to “impersonate police officers and rip off people that were bringing money up here to buy marijuana, whether it be legal or illegal.”

DA Eyster made room to say that the totality of the 10% rise cannot be attributed to the cannabis black market, but said: “a large number of that is attached to the illegal black market.”

Sheriff Matt Kendall echoed several of DA Eyster’s sentiments in a late September statement to Mendocino County residents where he said that the violence associated with the black market cannabis industry “has become too much for our county to carry. Now is the time to stop pretending the illegal marijuana trade is a good thing.”

In his statement, Sheriff Matt Kendall also described September’s robbery and kidnapping committed by the three out-of-town men outfitted with “military-

grade weapons, and body armor.”

The three men who stand accused of Last September's robbery and kidnapping while outfitted in tactical gear [Left to Right, Nathan Vargas, Roy Ha, Jesus Vargas]

The three men who stand accused of Last September’s robbery and kidnapping while outfitted in tactical gear [Left to Right, Nathan Vargas, Roy Ha, Jesus Vargas]

Sheriff Kendall, in this statement, also cited reports of illegal cannabis growers intimidating firefighters during last year’s August Complex fires as a cause for concern. Firefighters reported that essential water pumps were stolen and lasers were shone on them as they worked to extinguish last year’s massive fire.

Michael Katz, the executive director of the Mendocino Cannabis Alliance, said “We appreciate and share the DA’s concern for the egregious environmental and criminal activities that are transpiring in our county around unlicensed cannabis.”

Katz explained that the Mendocino Cannabis Alliance “has consistently advocated for more resources for the Sheriff’s office, PBS [Planning and Building Services], and the Cannabis Program to support their important efforts.”

Katz does not see these enforcement efforts as antagonistic towards legal cannabis cultivators. He said, “The Sheriff has repeatedly stated that the issues he is seeing with regards to dangerous, illegal behaviors are not coming from the licensed cannabis operators in the county.”

Katz added, “We don’t want those licensed operators who have been doing their best to stay compliant in an ever-changing regulatory system to be falsely demonized because of the bad actions of others who have no intention of operating compliantly.”

Addressing some of the particulars of prosecuting cannabis crimes, DA Eyster provided water theft as an example of weak laws disincentivizing his office from pursuing culprits. In the past, DA Eyster explained, “We have tried to take criminal enforcement against water theft” but “criminal penalties at the state level are so low there is literally no bang for the buck.” He suggested the county “join a lobbying effort in Sacramento” to “seek more hefty punishment for people stealing water.”

DA Eyster explained that despite efforts to transition cannabis cultivators into the legal market, “the black market is still strong and vibrant in Mendocino County.” He described reviewing five search warrants recently associated with “significant marijuana operations that were not licensed by the county or the state.” He characterized the cannabis grows as “big enough that you just don’t understand how someone can set these up and think it’d be okay.”

Speaking to how the county can bolster cannabis enforcement efforts, DA Eyster advocated for further funding of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife because “they don’t have enough people to cover all the canyons and waterways.” He also supported further funding the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office in their enforcement efforts.”

Facebooktwitterpinterestmail

Join the discussion! For rules visit: https://kymkemp.com/commenting-rules

Comments system how-to: https://wpdiscuz.com/community/postid/10599/

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

79 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Bushytails
Bushytails
3 months ago

In other news, water is wet, pope is catholic, etc.

NRPS
NRPS
3 months ago
Reply to  Bushytails

It’s all true, but the worst drug of them all is the money from illegal drug sales…

Marijuana will level itself by basic economics, until the price reaches a baseline. All other drugs should, and in the end, must be made legal, simply to remove the profits that drive the illicit drug trade.

Prohibition does not work. We should be able to buy any pharmaceutical available over the counter, right down to Oxycontin, and, Heroin, Methamphetamine, and Cocaine should be cornered by the government directly from the producers, the drugs should be tested pure and they should be sold, taxed, for a nominal profit, in government drug centers.

Everything else should be available in dispensaries and pharmacies, even Ecstasy, LSD, Psilocybin, etc. Tax it, make sure it’s pure product, and fuck it! If the people want it, they can pay the tax and enjoy…

Nothing else will work, and, total legalization is the only mechanism that will improve this situation.

Namaste, Mendocino County! You will be needing more help than Sheriff Matt can dispense, and no County Panel will get a handle on this…

Local Farmer
Local Farmer
3 months ago
Reply to  NRPS

Seems obvious to me. The cops going around busting people for growing a plant raises the price and encintivises rip-off behavior. If it was legal like the voters want it to be there would be zero violence associated. Illegal cannabis has been going on for 50 years in Mendocino and now all the sudden it’s responsible for the violence LOL. Law enforcement is responsible for ALL the violence associated with cannabis. Go do your job and bust violent criminals. DUH!!!
As long as we have dipshits like the Mendocino sheriff we will have violence associated with …. the overinflated money associated with cannabis. Can’t have it both ways genius.

Non-fiction
Non-fiction
3 months ago
Reply to  Local Farmer

Some local illegal grows have been associated with violence from the 60s thru to today.

Pretty sure the alledged double murderer, Christopher Wayne Gamble, is NOT a cop.

Why does anyone expect things to get any better when a reasonable discussion about real & heinous violence can’t be had without demonizing 1 or another as the ONLY problem???

It’s a matrix of complex problems with numerous causes.

1 being the lack of reasonable discussion toward real solutions.

Mendo Historian
Mendo Historian
3 months ago
Reply to  Bushytails

Mendocino County Sheriff Office has a political strategy to continue to receive money for their “war on Mendocino Cannabis Farmers”…. they get way more money through state funding and asset forfeiture by continuing their “pursuit of cash from asset forfeiture by keeping the boogieman alive that… pot= violence . Its all about the $$$ folks! They want to continue to break down your neighbors doors, hold children and elderly at gun point while they STEAL YOUR NEIGHBORS PROPERTY! While they wage exorbitant fines… why? Because they hate the weed culture. They hate the folks who just wanna stay home and work their land. They have a discrimination from years of beating a dead donkey that keeps on telling them beating a dead donkey is good! They are fundamentally flauwed in their world views. They think it is ok for Government to STEAL PRIVATE PROPERTY! IT IS NOT OK! These men are terrorists who raid our neighborhoods in the early morning instilling fear in our communities while they constantly dehumanize our small mom and pop cannabis farmers! Their authority is backed up with guns weapons and violence! They are violent thugs to their core!! They lie and cover up for eachother… Read more »

Mendo Historian
Mendo Historian
3 months ago
Reply to  Bushytails

Attention growers;
Just jump through all those hoops. Pay the “Mendo Gang of Cops County, And DA Eyster” to Play. And whala; now your no longer “dangerous”. You just have to “pay to play”. If you payed up the “protection money” then the violent thugs at the County and Sheriff department wont bash down your door, shoot your dogs or point weapons at your kids heads. Just gotta pay to play!

Guest
Guest
3 months ago
Reply to  Bushytails

What drugs were these people on is as important as what they were stealing or killing over. 10% rise is that supposed to be a lot. What about all the assault rifles criminals that shouldn’t have them get caught with being the problem. Or that they don’t lock up seriously bad criminals anymore. There trying to blame it on a plant not the people who commit the crime. Ridiculous. Lock up the bad criminals like your supposed too. I’d say the problem is the district attorney not handing out heavy long sentences for bad violent weapon possessing criminals. The District attorney is the problem I’d say. So many repeat offenders committing crimes while they should be in jail. Who agrees?

Mendo Historian
Mendo Historian
3 months ago
Reply to  Bushytails

70 years of Mendocino Reefer Madness and the Sheriff and District Attorney are still asking for more money for their little EGO WAR on Mendocino Pot. THE VOTERS ALREADY DECIDED! NO MORE MONEY FOR YOU CLOWNS AND GOONS! THE “Corporation of Mendocino County” has spent millions and millions of our tax dollars beating this dead donkey only to see it get stronger! We all know that no matter how much money we waste trying to eradicate cannabis that in true reality it is not going anywhere. In fact, the local price increases every single time and year the Sheriff begins those paramilitary busts. Its the economic principle of supply and demand that controls the price! When there is less herb around the price climbs even doubles! This doubling of price, which is actually “artificial price” created by these busts that provides further incentive to growers and farmers to grow more! If the Sheriff got $50 million on top of the $85 million “public safety” already receives it would just push the price up even further. The voters decided to legalize and Mendo Sheriff and DA Eyster have still not allowed legal pot. The County has purposefully set up impossible barriers… Read more »

Old growth
Old growth
3 months ago

Black market grows have been happening in Humboldt and Mendocino counties since the sixties. The problem is California judges being to liberal on crime. Let’s not blame old school farming families for these new era criminals.

Overgrow Mendo Campaign 2021
Overgrow Mendo Campaign 2021
3 months ago
Reply to  Bushytails

OVERGROW MENDO SHERIFF CAMPAIGN 2021 HAS BEGUN! Any campaign in Mendo to eradicate will be met by a plan to overgrow and replant! Over grow the Mendocino County Planning Department! Over grow the Mendocino County Sheriff Department!
Over Grow Mendo Campaign 2021 has began! Fuck Legal! They can not bust us all. Plant Big this summer!

Villian
Villian
3 months ago

I’m sure the rise in meth, fentanyl and heroin arrests have absolutely n o t h I n g to do with the violence in our community. 🙄

Guess
Guess
3 months ago
Reply to  Villian

I know Right, isn’t that also around when the quit locking up assholes because of covid? Probably has nothing at all to do with that!

Cannagetawitness
Cannagetawitness
3 months ago
Reply to  Guess

Or ab 109 prison realignment….

Meee
Meee
3 months ago

Wow who could have seen this. I had no idea the illegal drug trade had violance.

Saying that make it legal to grow like corn in fields. Drop the price to nothin and this crap will stop.

If you are not willing to hold people accountable for growing then make it legal

thetallone
thetallone
3 months ago
Reply to  Meee

Yep, decriminalize it completely and all weed-related violent crime will stop. Not so good for the bust industry, cops and wannabe cops aka game wardens.
Regarding legal grows, they are still targets for thieves, more so because their locations are so easily found.

Guest
Guest
3 months ago
Reply to  thetallone

Right, sure, that’s all good. However, despite pro marijuana industries glowing reports on the dramatic drop in crime when Uruguay totally legalized marijuana in 2017, this is what really happened- “Crime remains the primary security concern in Uruguay. Since 2016, Uruguay has experienced a dramatic increase in crime to include armed robberies, carjackings, homicides, vehicle break-ins, theft, residential break-ins, and assaults. Criminals are well-armed, brazen, and do not hesitate to resort to violence if victims resist or if the police attempt to intervene. According to the Interior Ministry, within the past five years the homicide rate has increased by 46% and armed robberies by 53%. The Ministry’s official crime statistics for 2019 show a rise in armed robberies and a slight drop in homicides and theft after a significant spike in 2018. While the rate of homicides fell slightly to 11.1 per 100,000 people, it remains among the highest in South America’s southern cone. The government asserted that half of all murders were due to increasing conflicts among criminal gangs and drug traffickers.” As in this rosy prognostication- “Meanwhile, in the South American country of Uruguay, the sale and possession of marijuana has been legal since last July. Citizens there… Read more »

thetallone
thetallone
3 months ago
Reply to  Guest

You are lumping all “vice” crimes together. I’m just talking about pot related crime. It’s certainly true that organized crime has been involved in pot in the past, and will just move into meth, heroin, etc.
Uruguay’s model is regulated legalization, with licenses to large corporate interests. I’m talking about lifting pot laws altogether, so it is no more regulated than broccoli. California’s present system requires so many hoops, fees and taxes, that the price to the consumer is still cheaper on the black market.
It’s interesting to note that the sinsemilla movement (pre-legalization), practically wiped out imported pot in this country.
It’s also possible that abundant cheap weed would deter people from resorting to other more dangerous drugs or alcohol.

Guest
Guest
3 months ago
Reply to  thetallone

Right… Marijuana is so special- Like prostitution never occurs when by law no one can charge for it ? People only have to read comments here to see that pot creates its own culture blind to its effects. Hell hath no fury like pot user being told it’s destructive.

A dose of reality. Look up the effect of khat in North African countries. It is legal in Ethiopia,Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, Yemen. And look at all the lack of violence (yes, sarcasm) in those places, where they’d rather grow khat than food. Anything that provides a chemical alternative to thinking tends to make people choose their priorities poorly. All their priorities. And being legal does zip to change that.

thetallone
thetallone
3 months ago
Reply to  Guest

You totally missed my point; that the violence around pot is from it’s cash value. When it becomes very cheap, greenrushers and robbers will slink away to some other place. Your example of khat reinforces my point; it is a valuable cash crop for African farmers.
BTW I also think prostitution should be legal.

Local Farmer
Local Farmer
3 months ago
Reply to  thetallone

Don’t take it personally. Bigoted people only hear what agrees with their slanted opinions. It’s why they remain ignorant.

UnflappableJack
UnflappableJack
3 months ago
Reply to  Meee

The price is heading for the basement. It’s called supply and demand, the foundation of economics.

In my 1911 I trust
In my 1911 I trust
3 months ago

Not of the government has anything to say about it. I agree, if money taken out of pot, then less people will grow. Problem is, with the amount of tax placed on it by the government, the black market will remain profitable, even if it was 100% legal. People forget that in 2016 outdoor was $300 a pound and dropping! People were already packing it in, then it got legalized and here we sit today. The government will need to become less greedy(which will NEVER happen) in order for the black market to be priced out. So the black market is here to stay and shall remain lucrative until the day the state decides to collect less taxes.

Local Farmer
Local Farmer
3 months ago

Spot on 1911!
Nailed it!

Nuttincowboy
Nuttincowboy
3 months ago

I’m sure the rise in fentanyl, meth and heroin arrests have absolutely nothing to do with the violent crime in the Triangle. 🥺
Nope.
Not a thing. It’s all about the cannabis. 🙄

Guest
Guest
3 months ago
Reply to  Nuttincowboy

It’s all about chemically based Shangri-La where the fantasy never quite works so the search for a better chemical is always going on.

Mendo Historian
Mendo Historian
3 months ago
Reply to  Nuttincowboy

Its all about the money they recieve demonizing that pot = violence.
Its not the meth or heroin or molly or cocaine being peddled at every bar in town. Its the pot. They are completely ignoring hard drugs. Mendo never makes meth or coke dealer arrests. They only care about the asset forfeiture money and playing GI Joe and Commando while they rob our communities and let the hard drug culture thrive. Do something about the meth and cocaine dealing you pathetic government welfare mooches posing as law enforcement who “cares”.

Non-fiction
Non-fiction
3 months ago

You must have missed a bunch of reports about numerous multi pound meth busts somewhat recently, many reported here.

Mendo Historian
Mendo Historian
3 months ago
Reply to  Non-fiction

You must have missed the fact those hard drug busts took place in Humboldt County. Mendocino County Sheriff doesn’t care if it doesn’t mean seizure or property! Its all about money $$ when was the last time they investigated and busted hard drug dealers… not just pulled over and got lucky

Non-fiction
Non-fiction
3 months ago

Then you missed the Willits and Ukiah meth busts in the last month.
And at one of the Mendo canna raids recently.

I know the diff between Mendo and Humb and Trin.

Was called for jury duty for a meth dealer a while back…in, you got it, Mendo

Concerts in the park not meth sales in the dark
Concerts in the park not meth sales in the dark
3 months ago

Marijuana doesn’t cause violence. It is the rise in methamphetamine use causing violence to rise.

The rise in violins is due to band being popular in school and children liking string instruments as their choice of a band instrument. I am all for more violins in schools and less violence on the streets.

Mendo Historian
Mendo Historian
3 months ago

Absolutely correct! Until the Sheriff starts to bust the cocaine and meth and molly dealers operating in every bar in plain site in Mendo nothing will change! Those hard drugs are passed right down from the 21 year old crowd to our local youth and high schoolers. Not to mention parents who use hard drugs give their children access to hard drug dealer friends who later sell to their kids.

Legallettuce
Legallettuce
3 months ago

Bullshit!!

K
K
3 months ago

You are right. The people that pay for the policing don’t get to decide where the money is spent. It’s earmarked, (we get it) for helicopters and tanks and gasoline for hummers, advanced optics and everything else. Bigger and better toys!
We need to just shut up, pay the taxes that pay their salaries, keep replacing stolen products and paying for insurance. Take the happy pills and swallow the BS and hope to god our children outlive us.

laurie jensen
laurie jensen
3 months ago

Ive lived in Hum County since 1984, and seen first hand the rise in criminal activity. Some of you will say Pot is not a drug? It kills your brain cells with time, just like alcohol does, or the totally other bad drugs out there. Areas of Hum that use to be quiet and nice to live in, have become pretty scary areas since pot became legal Alone with making pot legal brings in the trimmers who not all are bad but they create many problems. It has been said in other articles regarding pot that it brings mega $ to our economy here in Hum? I would say 95% of all the money it brings in goes right back out to where ever these folks came from. Ive watched junior high age kids get ripped on pot way back in the day, and most of them cant hold down a job now as a adult because their brains are fried, other kids in my hood played around with it, quit before it was to late and are awesome adults with wonderful families and good jobs. So pot can be a bad thing all the way around whether its legal… Read more »

Obviously never seen an end stage alcoholic
Obviously never seen an end stage alcoholic
3 months ago
Reply to  laurie jensen

“kills your brain cells with time, just like alcohol does”

🤣😂🧐🤣😅😆😂🙃

Mendocino Mamma
Mendocino Mamma
3 months ago

Actually the research and the studies elude that it kills your brain cells if you use it in conjunction with alcohol. Not so much marijuana alone by itself.

Mendo Historian
Mendo Historian
3 months ago
Reply to  laurie jensen

More reefer madness…. blah blah blah… you lost me at “it kills your brain cells” … no it doesnt, thats reefer madness and there is absolutely no proof it kills brain cells whatsoever. Stop lying

Canyon oak
Canyon oak
3 months ago

A lot of us hate the weed culture, even though we are a part of it.
It literally has been the new gold rush, and it has flooded the west coast with many greedy jerks from all over the world.
Pretentious, self important grow-tards spending thousands on amendments while people work for poverty wages at the counter.
A absolutely false and full of shit “culture”, and a contributor to a host of social problems.
What we need to do, is value what normal people do for a living, and pay them a living wage.
The west coast doesn’t need anymore greedy blood lusting bud miners

Non-fiction
Non-fiction
3 months ago
Reply to  laurie jensen

Maybe true for some people but not so for many many more.

Some kids/people huff acetone, whiteout, gas, amongst all kinds of other crazy shit, that have never smoked weed or drank a drop.

Education, that many people lack, makes a big difference.

Call me crazy
Call me crazy
3 months ago

Like things are so darn peaceful in the ghettos?

The elimination of opportunities and a living wage has created a boon for the billionaire groups.

Kym Kemp
Admin
3 months ago

“RCMP officers in Richmond, B.C., say they plan to step up patrols around local farms following complaints from farmers that someone is stealing potatoes from their fields.” https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/stolen-potatoes-trouble-richmond-farmers-1.1252884

Guest
Guest
3 months ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Potatoes- 1
Cannabis- 10,000…

Dang those munchies.

FogDog
FogDog
3 months ago

Illegal grows totally lead to higher crime rates. Operating with a criminal mentality is absolutely part of the illegal drug trade. Since 2016 my neighborhood has seen a rise in traffic, noise pollution, actual pollution /litter, property crime, dog aggression incidents, shootings, reckless and drunk driving, recreational shooting and illegal fireworks. Those are all attributed to illegal grows. Those growers don’t pay sales or payroll taxes. They send their children to local schools and drive the local roads. They deteriorate the living environment in neighborhoods and give little back in my experience. Those who are operating legally and within regulations need more carrots. Those who continue to operate illegally need more sticks. We dont have a problem with shine stills in the hills anymore because there is a well regulated liquor market and several government agencies that are on you like flies on poo if you’re coloring outside the lines. Legalization only works if you both have a legal market and enforcement of that legal framework. Otherwise, legalization is just a suggestion. I had high hopes for California’s legalization, but we’ve largely left the regulation part to take care of itself. Good on Mendo sheriff & Da. Humco needs to… Read more »

thetallone
thetallone
3 months ago
Reply to  FogDog

Actually, the reason there is no underground market for moonshine is that legal alcohol is dirt cheap. For $20 you can buy enough vodka to kill yourself. Until corporate weed farms can produce pounds for under $500, the underground will persist. Law enforcement has not been able to make a serious dent in it. 85 years of prohibition, and there are more illegal grows than ever.
In the current capitalist model, everyone has their hand out, the government, the dispensaries, the distributors. The independent farmers seem to be the last in line, much like food farmers.

Guest
Guest
3 months ago
Reply to  thetallone

And that has meant that alcohol doesn’t fuel social ills? Grains and grapes are no the problem either. It’s the fermented product being put inside people that’s the problem. Many people “drink responsibly” (yeah, right) but amount of damage done by those who don’t is large. And big business.

Seth
Seth
3 months ago

Shhhhh. Sweep violence and environmental degradation, and tons of non-degradable plastic garbage back under the rug and keep your happy face on at the likes of the old K Mart cannabis franchise in Eureka with the village elders and profiteer dollars from out the area.

Guesst
Guesst
3 months ago

Maybe they should start punishing crimimals instead of letting them all loose with a slap on the hand. Seven pounds of heroin and they walked away with a ticket!?! Black market/white market criminals are going to go where the money is. Do you think they say “Oh this is a legal farm we can’t rob this one.”

2s4u
2s4u
3 months ago

All the growers have to do is get inline with big Pharma and then they’ll be free from any wrong doings and redicule from the DA. Intill that time expect the smear campaign to continue.

Prometheus
Prometheus
3 months ago

This is merely a result of California’s illegal sanctuary state status and race to the ethical and moral bottom…

Geezeringvard
Geezeringvard
3 months ago
Reply to  Prometheus

Bob Dylan got it right, “You Got To Serve Somebody”. A wordsmith for the ages. Prometheus AMEN, as California gos so goes the nation, never in my wildest dreams did i think this $&)(**^% storm would happen in my lifetime.

Humboldt s white market is getting pooped on this year by Oregon’s nice deps
Humboldt s white market is getting pooped on this year by Oregon’s nice deps
3 months ago

You guys need to smoke some more, illegal weed is like gangs it’s not going anywhere an the price has increased thanks to the busts. Anyone who thinks otherwise lives in a shuttled world. It’s like gangs when gangs got bigger they busted them? And what happens gangs broke off now there’s 1000s of gangs. Same thing with illegal weed keep busting it an people will keep tighter circles an the illegal market will always uprise untill you get rid of hoods and gangsters no gangsters want to buy pot from a store they want it on the street to flip. It’s all common sense keep paying those taxes on a war you’ll never win. An keep driving that black market price up with your legal farms you dummies. Legal farms can’t grow as much of the goods with the regulations being so tight on legal farms they made the rules to only make it easier for black market to thrive. Keep pipe dreaming, an draining those retirement funds

For sure
For sure
3 months ago

They need to give permits to super small grows, like under 25 lbs. That niche market wld bring a premium price, and get back to the simple basics . It wld use a lot less water! But the corporate powers like to go big time.

HotCoffee
HotCoffee
3 months ago

Cartel-Operated Marijuana Grows Taken Down In Antelope Valley As Part Of ‘Massive’ Joint Operation
Published 2 days ago
on June 8, 2021

Hundreds of large-scale marijuana grow sites, operated by drug cartels, were taken down in the Antelope Valley on Tuesday as part of one of the largest operational raids in Los Angeles County history.

In 2020, there were an estimated 150 illegal cannabis operations in the High Desert, growing to over 500 in 2021, according to L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

“There were some people very, very busy during the pandemic,” Villanueva said.

https://valleypostnews.com/cartel-operated-marijuana-grows-taken-down-in-antelope-valley-as-part-of-massive-joint-operation/08/06/2021/

How do you think this affects prices?

Nice of Biden to offer to go get them and bring them here.

Non-fiction
Non-fiction
3 months ago
Reply to  HotCoffee

That last line is disinformation HC and sounds a lot like xenophobia.

Call me crazy
Call me crazy
3 months ago
Reply to  Non-fiction

You new to the 3D grand chessboard?

The bigger picture is what counts here, and by the time the general population gets wind of the controlled demolition of our economy and then our financial, and reproductive health, it’s too late.

These people have spent billions on removing our instincts from our decision making process.

It’s the myopic thinking and debate that allows their agenda to have a good head start on humanity.

In my 1911 I trust
In my 1911 I trust
3 months ago
Reply to  Non-fiction

Except that if you actually read the article that’s exactly what it says. “The increase in cartel grows is a result of a lack of security at the southern border” says Sheriff Villanueve.

Quit looking for racism everywhere, so tiresome

Good parents
Good parents
3 months ago

I applaud kym for posting this . It’s not all yoga, reggae, peace and love, RVCA hats, Nicaragua trips, Lululemon , men in ugg boots , namaste, chakah brah, healing spirit ,essential oils etc etc etc

Mendo Historian
Mendo Historian
3 months ago
Reply to  Good parents

Why not? It is in my world!

HotCoffee
HotCoffee
3 months ago

El Salvador, former murder capital of the world, is now …

https://urbanliberator.com/2021/06/10/el-salvador-former-murder-capital-of-the-world-is-now-safer-than-chicago-and-baltimore/

So now, it’s more dangerous to live in Chicago than it is to live in El Salvador. The president of El Salvador’s point is not a random talking point. The statistics support his assertion. According to the numbers, El Salvador is in fact safer than many major American cities; safer than Baltimore or Chicago for example.

Call me crazy
Call me crazy
3 months ago
Reply to  HotCoffee

Cheaper as well

war on drugs
war on drugs
3 months ago

“ DA Eyster explained that despite efforts to transition cannabis cultivators into the legal market, “the black market is still strong and vibrant in Mendocino County.” He described reviewing five search warrants recently associated with “significant marijuana operations that were not licensed by the county or the state.” He characterized the cannabis grows as “big enough that you just don’t understand how someone can set these up and think it’d be okay.”
——-
I will spell it out to you DA Eyster . You have cartel funded operations in your county. Odd that the sheriff doesn’t bust them 😉. likely they already made more off their crop last year than you will in your entire life ,that’s why they do it $$$$ and odds.

Just looking for a plug
Just looking for a plug
3 months ago

Does anyone have an example of a robbery in Mendo for Fentanyl of Meth and those were the drugs being robbed, no cannabis involved?

Mendocino Mamma
Mendocino Mamma
3 months ago

Yes…remember the Rite Aid incident.

Plugged
Plugged
3 months ago

1 example of a robbery in town from a corporation. I don’t remember that, but that’s an everyday crime in every damn city from rite aid Walmart cvs etc. Everyone keeps saying there’s meth robberies etc at residences, show me …. oh wait cos it is a rise in crime from cannabis.

Urmother
Urmother
3 months ago

I think we’ve got a couple examples of robberies, murder and assault while under the influence of meth or opiates. Gotta feed the beast somehow. Every single robbery Involving cannabis I know of was by someone who used meth (at least seven personally)
And no ones doing shit on fentanyl except ceasing to be alive bruh
Why doesn’t anyone want to address the root of these issues.. poverty… guess how you get out of poverty… education and community resources. Not funding the police. Cannabis jobs legal/illegal are fueling those otherwise shithole towns in mendo. Can you imagine mendo without weed? Them Hills have eyes..

Bart Kaplan
Bart Kaplan
3 months ago

My question is: if there are more of us than the middle class fascists trying to milk the rebel economy, how do the reactionaries still rule us? We are afraid to contest state authority even by electing local growers and so, throw the nazis out of office. The mainstream brings you cancer and a life of stress. Marihuana heals the stress disorders and getting “high” is actually having your vitality restored through the deep relaxation exocannabinoids bring about. We are all deficient in endocannabinoids. Because of a lifetime of stress our systems can’t produce the internal cannabinoids necessary for all cellular functioning. WE get the exocannabinoids from the incredible living plant that is biochemically identical to what we can no longer produce inside ourselves. You need more technical information so that the arguments of the fascists don’t twist you. The truth is that the dictatorship of the business class must end or the planet and us and our children will die.

Farce
Farce
3 months ago
Reply to  Bart Kaplan

Bart?!! Is that really you?! Sounds like you, man! Wow- a blast from the past. I still remember the concert you put together while you were staying down at Low Gap. Band members looked worried when you announced at the end “This concert was put together by The Mendocino County Homegrowers Association”! LOL!! Nice touch…

NorCalNative
NorCalNative
3 months ago
Reply to  Bart Kaplan

Bart, great comment. Here’s a current and prime example of overlooking the role of phytocannabinoids. The FDA just approved a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s called Aduhelm. It’s a monoclonal antibody that clears Amyloid beta plaques from the neural synapse. Forty percent of patients in the Phase III trials had brain swelling and bleeding from the required PET scans. The drug is infused 14 times per year at a cost of $56,000 annually. Docs make a 6% cut or $3,360 per year. Problem is there is no evidence it helps patients. The “Amyloid Hypothesis” claims removal of Amyloid beta plaques is beneficial. It’s not proven, and this drug does nothing about the other marker of Alzheimer’s, i.e. , tau protein tangles. In the last decade Sativex, a whole-plant cannabis tincture has been shown in several studies to reduce Amyloid plaques AND tau tangles. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease which develops over decades before symptoms become apparent. So, based on phytocannabinoid-based studies I propose the “Hippie Hypothesis.” The Hippie Hypothesis states that if you are a regular cannabis user in midlife, and you continue as you enter your 60s , 70s, and 80s you shouldn’t develop Alzheimer’s because phytocannabinoids have been… Read more »

Farce
Farce
3 months ago
Reply to  NorCalNative

NorCalNative- Great comment! A little like a sales pitch but needed…I’ve been following the approval of Adulhelm (supposedly for Alzheimers) and it is a farce in process! (I can’t help thinking the rushed approval of Covid vax has perhaps opened the gates for more rushed approvals). But again we see possible cannabis-based solutions as being untested and passed over. Can you provide a link or two to your Sativex claims? The only benefit I can see for “legalization” is that we can provide good medicine for people -and inexpensively!

NorCalNative
NorCalNative
3 months ago
Reply to  Farce

Thanks Farce. Embarrassed to admit I don’t know how to link using my smartphone. Stoner apathy?

This search: Sativex reduction of Amyloid plaques and tau protein tangles links to numerous studies.

The THC in Sativex is Skunk #1. It was purchased from CA growers who went to Amsterdam and sold their genetics to GW Pharmaceuticals.

wildman
wildman
3 months ago

Remember the Hog Tied one in Laytonville!

Mendocino Mamma
Mendocino Mamma
3 months ago

Some things that could easily slow this down. Ban on bulk sales of soil unless you have certificate of need. Apply pay 25 bucks get your bulk if you meet the requirements. Has any one else noticed the hardware stores are limiting amounts of PVC pipe that you can purchase.? Massive rolls of plastic thousands of pots. Those types of things should not be allowed out of the nursery or for sale unless there is a certificate proving need. That huge production yard of Sparetime’s on Highway 101 when you’re going past Willits.??? Plastic city. My kids think it is amazing watching the excavator smashing the mountains of used pallets as we drive by. Truly, massive amounts of soil in the yard, move in and out damn fast. Extra tax on some of these items? Environmental hazard tax? CRV value on plastic pots? Funding goes to clean ups.

Dave
Dave
3 months ago

Can’t ban bulk soil sales. Per county atty. or ban anything else, it’s against peoples all encompassing rights.

Madrone
Madrone
3 months ago

Sounds like communist china to me. What happens if someone makes bulk compost themselves without their government soil certificate, send them to re-education camp? I don’t care for greedy green-rush types either and the waste they produce but you cant sacrifice freedom and liberty for security, that turns into fascism. If that’s how you want to live, try China.

Farce
Farce
3 months ago
Reply to  Madrone

Madrone- I agree with you on the soil products. But the plastic- that could be handled differently. And I hate regulations and government intrusion or taxes. But when people are going ape-shit and destroying the environment….that needs addressing in my opinion

Más Puto
Más Puto
3 months ago

Mendo Mama, your right about limiting the pipe,soils,etc. The hardware, nurseries are making a killing, lots of cash sales that they probably don’t pay taxes on. And they keep jacking up the prices for us poor ones trying to fix or build on our homes. The city benefits but they cry that their broke and need more (retirement $$$) Cops crying it’s the cartels but it’s the local cartels that are running the show here. You wouldn’t want the real cartels here! Maybe it’s the Russian, China, Flying Monkey cartels!!!!!!!!!

Farce
Farce
3 months ago
Reply to  Más Puto

Mas Puto- What about Big Daddy? Pretty sure that’s not a local-owned grow store. Rumors are rumors but…where did the money come to start that up? Not local…At least I know the original owner of Sparetime and he is definitely a local success story. I got mushroom compost from his backyard decades ago…

Legallettuce
Legallettuce
3 months ago
Reply to  Farce

Sparetime A++. They also appreciate long term customers even when the customer screwed up knowing they be outta stuff and they got me what I needed. My plants love and me appreciate, lol.

seriously?
seriously?
3 months ago

” In the past, DA Eyster explained, “We have tried to take criminal enforcement against water theft” but “criminal penalties at the state level are so low there is literally no bang for the buck.” He suggested the county “join a lobbying effort in Sacramento” to “seek more hefty punishment for people stealing water.””

OMFG. Did he really say that? No bang for the buck? Talk about a gaff. Somebody didn’t have their filter on that day.

This is like a Monty Python skit.