2008 Humboldt pot raids in LA Times
When hundreds of federal agents swarmed Humboldt County in June 2008 looking for pot, local residents were desperate for information. KHUM aired a blow-by-blow all morning and afternoon as residents called in observations of police caravans and raids happening north and south. June 25, 2008 still holds the record for most web traffic on the Humboldt Herald.
But they found enough to send a few people to prison and confiscate property. The LA Times has the story: No serene ending for ‘Buddhaville’. This part stands out:
It was a strange deal. People could buy in and make small monthly payments. But they wouldn’t get title to their land until they all paid off their properties…
A couple of years later, the Barnums, a local timber family, offered a thousand adjacent acres on similar terms…
No one in the Mendes or Barnum families was charged. But Buddhaville buyers lost all they had paid.
The Barnums still have lots of depleted timberland that would love to sell you. But beware of the herbicides.
[h/t Redheaded Blackbelt]