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Environmental charges filed in Sequoia National Forest pot grow

Department of Justice Press Release:

FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned superseding indictments in two drug cases today charging alleged marijuana cultivators with bringing illegal insecticides and rat poisons to marijuana cultivation operations in Sequoia National Forest, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Fosfuro de Zinc and Ratone are common rat poisons found in marijuana grow sites. The active ingredient, zinc phosphide, is highly toxic to humans. QúFuran is also a highly toxic insecticide. Its active ingredient is carbofuran; a quarter teaspoon of it can be fatal to humans. Fosfuro de Zinc and Ratone are manufactured in India and China and distributed by a Mexican company, and QúFuran is manufactured and distributed by a Mexican company. All are illegal for use, sale, and distribution in the United States.

Full release here: http://www.justice.gov/usao/cae/news/docs/2012/09-2012/09-27-12EPA%20Superseding.html

  1. Ted
    September 29, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Mexicans are totally disgusting. They purposely leave their toxic garbage with the hope that Americans will be Ill.

  2. Mitch
    September 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I’ll leave the racist comment up here, despite considering it despicable. People should know what vile attitudes are present in our community.

  3. Pitchfork
    September 29, 2012 at 9:47 am

    “A FIFRA violation carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000. If found guilty of the drug crimes, the defendants face a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison and a $10 million fine. The actual sentences, if convicted, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. ”
    There is the problem.

  4. HUUFC
    September 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

    “Hernan Cortez-Villaseñor, 38; David Arreola, 27; Homero Pacheco-Rivera, 20; Alfonso Cornejo, 30; and Jose Luis Garcia-Villa, 20; all of Michoacán, Mexico, were previously charged with drug crimes…”
    Well there’s a shock, previously charged with crimes. Thanks for leaving your lovely country and setting up shop in mine, to grow dope so that folks can escape from reality on a daily basis. At least Mexico is better off because you are here and you probably send cash home by wire. Oh, and the Mexican government takes a slice off the wire to fund itself. All on our backs, thanks again.

  5. September 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

    PLENTY locals using rat poison and I know of only one supply store refusing to sell it, Whitethorn Construction. And other diverse destructive accoutrement as well. Don’t be such xenophobic tools!

  6. Ponder z
    September 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I’ll post my comment (surly offensive and racist by your prog standards). These dumbass growers smugged in rat poison to grow 100k crop, when they could have just smuggled in heroin and meth, and made millions. Our local grower jobs are being insorced to illegals, who are stupid.

  7. Mitch
    September 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

    What makes “illegals” stupid, ponder? The fact that they’re not smuggling heroin and meth, when you think it’s more profitable than growing a pot crop? Why aren’t the “legals” stupid for not doing the smuggling, then? Yes, I think your comment is racist.

  8. Ponder z
    September 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    OK, let me help you out.
    A Mexican in Mexico, sneaks into our country. In his backpack is 4 lbs. of rat poison. This rat poison is legal to buy in Mexico.

    4 lbs rat poison, 205 peso. ($16.)
    4 lbs meth, $140,000.

    all three are illegal in the US
    (the rat poison)
    (the meth)
    (the Mexican)

    The point is our borders are wide open. Drugs, guns (oops thats the current administrations deal), Muslims, rat poison, etc. The Mexican is stupid to smuggle something of little value, that is now going to give him a real criminal record, and he will have to live with it the rest of his life.

  9. A-nony-mouse
    September 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Yes, not all Mexicans are drug growers any more that all Americans are anti-Muslim because one idiot made a nasty movie. That said, it does seem true that all (or most) of the drug cartels causing the huge environmental damage here are Mexican. There is NO excuse for the damage they are doing to our private and public lands. ZERO! I do hope that law enforcement would make some effort to diferentiate the “big guys’ from the more environmentally sensitive small local ‘family’ growers. Put your money on eradicating the big guys. That’s where the real damage is being done.

  10. Ponder z
    September 30, 2012 at 7:03 am

    The damage being financial? Flooding the medical weed market with cartel weed? The lb. price this fall is about $800. But at the dispensaries it is $5000/lb. Damn capitalists.

  11. Anonymous
    September 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Carbofuran was legal 2 years ago. The shelf life is 2 years. They didn’t have to smuggle it. Next year they might.

    Carbamates are in flea powders. Not so rare. Nasty stuff though.

  12. T. Lehrer
    September 30, 2012 at 9:39 am

    “But at the dispensaries it is $5000/lb.”

    Every evening, you will find him
    Around our neighborhood.
    It’s the Old Dope Peddler
    Doing well by doing good.

  13. September 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

    The point is our borders are wide open.

    This would come as a surprise to people who have gone to great lengths to enter the US.

  14. Anonymous
    September 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Anonymous :
    Carbofuran was legal 2 years ago. The shelf life is 2 years. They didn’t have to smuggle it. Next year they might.
    Carbamates are in flea powders. Not so rare. Nasty stuff though.

    Actually you are thinking of Carbaryl, this is toxic but not even close to the toxicity of carbofuran or furadan. There has been no active use of carbamates (fura or carbofuran) in agriculture or other settings in CA for several years. EPA in 2009 is also put a hold on any use and is preparing for a full ban. Therefore the use of this toxicant is not legal. therefore it is VERY plausible it was smuggled in. In addition this toxicant is systemic which means it enters the plant phloem. One of the main reasons for the ban, and it is not safe for consuming produce tainted with it.

  15. Anonymous
    September 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

    The FIFRA act has teeth and I hope more prosecutions occur. ALL individuals whether it is illicit or legal need to be held accountable to laws placed before us to protect our food and our environment. Cant wait till more cases including cases of DDT brought into this country are prosecuted. Maybe people can stop deflecting blame on others (farmers ranchers) and hold ALL violators accountable. Its hard to look in the mirror.

  16. October 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

    See Joel, “The Border is wide-open.” is another “Talking-Point” of the New American Centurions. That and the “Trillion Dollar Deficit.” is another, and of course the old standbys: Abortion, Same sex marriage, the threat of Islamic “extremists” and so many others that when you hear them, you can rest assured you are listening to a Neo-Con drone who is parroting the talking-points that have been given him by any number of sites or channels. Common sense does not good. Just like “Jehovah’s Witness Missionaries” they have a ready made list of answers for any eventuality. Try pointing out that the deficit is a non-partisan issue, and they’ll come back with all kinds of thinly-veiled racism against Obama. Talk about Clinton’s balanced budget, and they’ll tell you all about the: “Leftist Press.” What a sad joke.

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