This morning on “TNN Live!,” our special guest is Jeremy Hammond. Jeremy is a longtime journalist who specializes in finding facts and dispelling falsehoods spewed by government officials: elected and appointed bureaucrats. His special field is Big Pharma companies. We all know there are numerous “facts” that have been given to the general public by those in these large pharmaceutical companies. Jeremy tackles the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and other agencies that fall under these two large operations. His findings of lying, misrepresentations, and wrongdoing by those within these companies are mind-boggling! He will visit live with Dan at 9:30 AM (Central).
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We know our Southern border is porous and has been so every minute since Joe Biden was elected President. Why? He promised while campaigning he was going to do exactly what he IS doing: opening the border to the massive influx of illegals from South and Central America, Mexico, and dozens of other countries.
It’s sad but true to realize that with many of those illegals, Biden’s “King of the Border” — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — not only waves these illegals into the United States, but on his watch, his department transports these illegals all over the nation on secret commercial charter flights and charter buses. Most of them live in total secrecy with our government officials not caring to even follow them to assure their compliance with their given immigration status and Border Patrol orders when being distributed. They then disappear into the landscape of the US with no accountability for any of their actions.
We knew that quite a few of those illegals were involved in sinister business endeavors. Also, most of those illegals are obligated to the cartels for their passage into the US and have either paid as much as $18,000 per family member or the daughters — and sometimes wives — are forced into prostitution to repay their debt. Sometimes these females are sold into the sex trafficking industry.
While that is happening, drug cartels, primarily in Mexico, discovered a great new market for their illegal drugs — primarily illegal marijuana — and have quietly made their way into northern California.
Marijuana legalization has turned Northern California into “the Wild West” as drug cartels fight for territory. Efforts are underway to limit the new industry’s impact on crime, but there is still a lot of work to be done in order
to make it safe before long-term cannabis tourism takes off.
The “recent drug bust in California 2021” is a story about how violent Mexican drug cartels have turned Northern California into “The Wild West”.
Mexican criminal organizations are vying for a piece of America’s emerging multibillion-dollar marijuana business, illegally cultivating vast fields in Northern California’s hills and valleys. Despite the fact that the state legalized marijuana for adult recreational use in 2016, the black market thrives with thousands of illicit crops. Criminal gangs are profiting from the “green gold rush” all throughout the United States. They’re undercutting the pricing of legitimate items sold by licensed farmers who abide by the law and pay taxes.
In a state suffering from chronic drought and deadly wildfires, they’re abusing labor, robbing and murdering opponents, harming animals, and plundering water.
Cartels have abandoned many decades-old marijuana farms in Mexico, lured by America’s push for legalized cannabis, and moved their operations to Northern California, where they can blend in seamlessly alongside legitimate grows, according to Mike Sena, executive director of Northern California’s High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task forces.
“Why attempt to import that much marijuana into the United States when you can simply cultivate it in isolated areas like Mendocino County and then transport it across the country?”
Major cartels, notably Sinaloa and Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación, or CJNG, continue to smuggle billions of dollars in heroin, meth, and painkillers into the United States and other nations across the globe.
They’re flooding the streets with fentanyl, which is frequently squeezed into tablets to seem like prescription medication, driving the pandemic’s rising overdoses, which killed over 100,000 people. The cartels and their narcotics have also reached Kentucky, where the number of individuals dying from overdoses increased by 49 percent in 2020, killing about 2,000 people.
The cartels have taken advantage of Americans’ increasing acceptance of marijuana to extend their influence, using the same ruthless techniques they used to drive out rivals in the illegal opiate trade.
According to John Haschak, a member of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, the county has awarded around 1,100 cannabis growing licenses.
Sheriff Matt Kendall of Mendocino County, about a two-hour drive north of San Francisco, told The Courier-Journal that there are as many as 10,000 illicit grows in his county. He tries to focus on the poorest 100 since that’s all his tiny team can manage in a year.
Kendall said, “I’m battling a monster with a needle.”
Murder victims and headless corpses
In the face of rising violence, the sheriff claims he doesn’t have enough officers to properly execute a search warrant.
Here’s a taste of what he’s up against: According to Mendocino County Superior Court documents, Christopher Wayne Gamble, who reportedly managed vast illicit fields near the town of Willits in central Mendocino County, is accused of killing a 17-year-old kid and his father who arrived from Mexico seeking labor.
In April, authorities discovered the victims’ decapitated remains in a ditch behind a pile of tires that had been set on fire on a second property owned by Gamble.
“It’s a retaliation for the individual who crossed the boundary,” the sheriff said. “And to the next person, a message: ‘Don’t step out of line.’”
A rotting corpse was discovered in the trunk of a car parked along the roadside near Covelo, in the northern section of the county, by a Fish and Wildlife warden in October.
In Covelo, one guy was shot in the ear and another in the skull during a drive-by shooting last year.
In July, a 27-year-old male was fatally shot southwest of Covelo in the Laytonville region.
All have been tied to illicit cannabis cultivation, according to the sheriff’s office and court documents.
“We’re just a matter of time until we see heads in the plaza like they do in Mexico,” Kendall remarked.
The cash-only business is ripe for attack
Illegal producers may hide their crops in plain sight alongside legitimate ones, challenging cops and code enforcers to figure out whether crops are legal or in the process of getting permits. In California, even if a grow isn’t legal, it’s merely a minor offense, regardless of the quantity of the crop.
To upgrade a crime to a felony, investigators must often show that environmental damage happened or that someone was stabbed or shot. Despite the fact that more than 30 states have legalized marijuana for medical use and 18 have authorized it for adult recreational use, marijuana is still classified as a schedule 1 substance in the United States, rendering it illegal on a federal level. As a result, most banks will refuse to provide credit cards or offer financial services to marijuana firms. As a result, it is a cash-only business, susceptible to robbery.
For the last several years, US legislators have voted down contentious bills that would allow genuine cannabis-related firms to use banking services. Furthermore, since marijuana is classified as an illicit narcotic, California producers and dispensaries are prohibited from exporting it to other states. Adult visitors are permitted to purchase marijuana joints, candies, and other cannabis goods, but they are not permitted to transport them over state boundaries.
Organized criminals now have a ready-made consumer base. They transport their marijuana by rail, air, and automobile to places where it is illegal. According to investigators, some California residents acquire it illegally since it is less expensive.
Mendocino County Code Enforcement Supervisor John Burkes said he hunts for unlawful crops using flyover photography and Google Earth satellite photos, which are often buried under the forest canopy. He thinks that the known illicit grows in the county span around 300 acres. His agency also gets information from neighbors about suspicious crops and greenhouses, registering around 600 complaints as of mid-November, more than twice the number from the previous year.
Permitted producers have a disadvantage, according to Swami Chaitanya of Swami Select farms, a self-described hippy and “legacy farmer” who collected the crop in a forested region north of Laytonville before it was permitted. He and his girlfriend, Nikki Lastreto, own and operate a small farm that produces up to 400 pounds of produce every year. They’ve spent more than $200,000 over the last five years and are still waiting for the difficult regulatory procedure to be finished. They’ve had to provide maps and images, as well as pay for surveys and inspections from state and county agencies that oversee food and agriculture, fish and wildlife, and water quality, among other things.
“If they don’t kill us” with taxes and fees, Chaitanya said of their small-batch, artisan cannabis, “we want to be the Bordeaux or Champagne of cannabis.”
Customers who purchase from a certified dispensary may be certain that the product has been thoroughly tested to ensure that it is free of harmful chemicals and that the ingredients and strength indicated on the label are accurate. They must pay cannabis use and dispensary taxes as a trade-off.
The California Department of Cannabis Control has been directed to make the permitting procedure as simple as possible. According to department statistics, there are more than 8,400 cultivation licenses spread around the state. However, each county has the discretion to prohibit cannabis use. According to the department, 68 percent of local authorities in California already prohibit cannabis sales, and 62 percent prohibit any cannabis activities. Local governments may also impose new regulations and levies, as Mendocino authorities have done.
More than 100 area farmers surrounding Chaitanya’s north Mendocino County farm aren’t allowed, according to Chaitanya, whose product is marketed in 15 dispensaries. “They’re sort of looking at us like we’re dumb,” he says.
Farmers used to get up to $4,000 a pound, but a crowded market has driven prices down to $400 or less throughout the state. Illegal vendors may send it to the East Coast at three times the price, according to Sena.
Katie Delbar, a sixth-generation rancher in Mendocino County, stated, “The entire process has failed. It has failed the growers who are attempting to do things correctly, as well as the community.”
Delbar, whose family owns a cattle ranch in Potter Valley, is worried about rising violence, waste mounds beside streams, and abandoned greenhouses known as “hoop houses” that have been allowed to rot after farmers have departed.
The growth of multi-million-dollar homes
The sheriff is a sixth-generation Covelo native with a half-Native American daughter and family on the reservation. He wore a brown cowboy hat and drove an unmarked white truck across town, spitting Copenhagen into a black Yeti and pointing out indicators that the community he loves is under threat. He passed illicit grows concealed behind 6-foot or bigger walls and patrolled by surveillance cameras, pit bulls, and other canines on and off the reserve. Some people put up many placards that said, “Keep out.” According to the sheriff, there are multiple dump sites with abandoned automobiles and rubbish mounds, including one near an archaeological site with arrowheads.
The previously peaceful tiny community of Covelo is now blighted by multiple huge fences, surveillance cameras, and barking watchdogs defending marijuana plantations. A billboard in Covelo displays real estate offerings for up to $3 million, some of which feature photographs of marijuana greenhouses. A little strip in the town’s center has a petrol station, a clothes shop, a grocery store, and a few other businesses. A billboard advertises various houses for sale, including some priced between $1 and $3 million. The sheriff expressed worry about bidders who paid twice as much for the property – in cash.
Twenty acres with a home and barn would have sold for $200,000 or less a decade ago. It’s now worth more than $1 million.
Kendall said, “Almost everyone that grows drugs up here is from San Jose. That’s a center,” according to several Mexican cartels, where their regional bosses are stationed.
Sheriff’s detectives believe that there are a million pot plants on the valley floor, which covers an area of around seven by eight miles, based on flyovers. That’s less than 2% of the county’s total land area.
According to the sheriff, 95 percent of the people are breaking the law. His subordinates go in with a tractor and machetes if tribal leaders ask him to shut one down on their section of the valley bottom.
Ronnie Hostler, 79, of the Nomlacki tribe, is against cannabis, while some tribal members are in favor of it.
He sits on his little home’s front porch, observing his neighbors’ grazing cattle and avoiding the rear of his house, where migrant laborers grow marijuana.
To allow greenhouses in his front yard, Hostler claimed he was paid a $5,000 cash down payment and guaranteed $10,000 at the conclusion of the growing season. He said no.
The valley is referred to as “nature’s retreat” on a municipal sign.
“It’s not like that anymore,” Hostler said. “The beauty has gone.”
Squalor is a term used to describe living conditions
Customers who purchase marijuana on the internet in the United States are likely unaware of the labor and sex trafficking they are funding, according to cops.
“Some of the marijuana being transported across the nation is the result of slave labor,” said Sena, who also serves as the director of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center. On illicit marijuana plantations, “Often the people brought in to perform work are abused.”
Someone dumped off a terrified 16-year-old Mexican girl who didn’t know where she was or speak English at an illicit cannabis farm in Covelo months ago in Mendocino County. She was brought in to have sex with the employees, according to the sheriff, but his officers discovered her first.
Other agricultural employees were not rescued in time, including young males employed for sex and labor trafficking. Some people were forced to live in filth and without running water. Others died, and many are still missing, according to the sheriff.
“There are those families who will never know what happened to their children,” Kendall said. “I’m not going to take it anymore.”
“We have our southern border under control.” That’s a lie proffered again and again to the public by Homeland Secretary Mayorkas. That claim is also parroted by President Biden at public events while speaking. I’ve been to Mexico dozens of times. I’ve NEVER seen the border being “controlled.” Most illegals pay no attention to Border Patrol. In fact, it’s common for some of these agents to work surreptitiously with the cartels while still working for the US.
Politicians in D.C. can continue to cry for Americans to accept the unknown number of immigrants panting to get across the border. But a huge majority of Americans want ALL immigrants to come across the border legally and be processed by the various courts that are helping with that process. Only then should they be transferred away to assimilate into the US population.
Let’s be honest: the “Rule of Law” has been obliterated by the Biden Administration and President Joe Biden himself. No matter what the intentions of this White House, the President, and his Team are bound by the US government to enforce the laws of the land. They are NOT doing that!
The State of California has been feckless in holding cartel members accountable for their lawbreaking. Meanwhile, billions of dollars are being made by the drug cartels. Their objective? It seems to be similar to that of our President: “Flood the nation with illegals and we’ll a permanent majority in the House, the Senate, and we’ll control anyone who wins an election and moves into the White House.”
Don’t doubt these guys. They have their plans. They are very structured and knowledgeable in what they do. And they make billions.
Finally, unless the American people decide we’ve had enough, we’re seeing just the time of the iceberg. We will personally be able to answer this question: “How quickly could the United States be taken over by these massive criminal organizations?”
How could we possibly answer that question? It will happen in just months as we look on!
“That’s impossible, Dan!” There’s no way our police forces and the local, state, and federal will ever allow that to happen.”
That MIGHT be logical. But only if our President was demanding the enforcement of federal immigration laws. And that ain’t happening!