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A day on the marijuana beat in San Diego


A day on the weed beat in San Diego:

  • A trucker with 269 pounds of marijuana hidden in the tires of his 1976 Kenworth tractor/trailer was caught coming into the U.S. from Mexico at the Otay Mesa border crossing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.
  • A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers who found 44 packages worth $134,000, officials said. The driver, a 39-year-old Mexican national from Tijuana, was arrested.
  • James Dean Stacy, 46, former owner of a marijuana storefront in Vista in northern San Diego County, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to felony manufacturing of marijuana.  Drug Enforcement Administration agents found 95 marijuana plants during a raid on Stacy's "Movement in Action" store.

    Under a plea bargain, Stacy agreed to forfeit $1,175 in marijuana proceeds and a semi-automatic handgun seized at the store.

    Prosecutors will not recommend prison time, but sentencing is up to U.S. District Court Judge Barry Moskowitz. Stacy could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. If the judge accepts the plea bargain, federal prosecutors retain the right to prosecute Stacy for the offense if he violates the law while on probation.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Marijuana bundles found in truck tires. Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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And there used to be drug runners, in the days of Prohibition, who did exactly the same thing. How about this? Let's make alcohol illegal again, just as a short, little experiment for, say, one year. Then you can do your "booze beat" and show us the pickups filled with Jim Beam. You can go undercover and bust the speakeasys. Y-a-w-n, it will be so predictable, now, won't it?

Vote YES on Prop. 19!

Yes on Prop 19.

We don't need law enforcement pursuing pot busts when there are thousands of RAPE KITS sitting UNPROCESSED with the County Sheriff.

Why is this different than any other day? This is yet another LA Times propaganda, yellow journalism, hit piece against cannabis which belongs in the dustbin of history rather than the 21st century.

Yes on 19!

Keep the money, gun, send the idiot to jail. Better yet, send him to Sheriff Joe in AZ.

Vote Yes on Prop 19. This problem will go away. If we can grow our own here there won't be the need for drug runners to cross the border into cali. Millions of dollars will be saved each year from legal expenses and jailing these so called "criminals" I like cromking's comment. :()

Truth that isn't told is the stuff that ISN'T intercepted. The OTHER 99.9%. And the money that is spent on it being sent to foreign enemies instead of domestic allies. That's weak national security and not a conservative value.

Conservatives value limited locally controlled government.
Prohibitionists value unlimited federally controlled government.

Conservatives value individual liberty.
Prohibitionist value group homogeneity enforced by the government.

Conservatives value low taxes, and good use of tax money.
Prohibitionists value wasting millions in taxes to stop less than 1% of possessors.

Conservatives value free enterprise.
Prohibitionists value putting government between doctors and patients.
Prohibitionists value putting government in charge of your home gardening, while allowing you to have guns and alcohol, so
Prohibitionists value hypocrisy above all else. They value freedom for them and their lifestyle, but prison for everyone else.

A conservative votes YES on prop 19.

A government loving LIBERAL votes NO.

Looks like more of that pesticide ladened Mex grunt they just burned up in TJ. Ain't worth no $134,000.00! Can't even use it for fertilizer.


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