Archive for September 1st, 2012

DEA Raids Medical Marijuana Co-Op In Arizona


saries

DEA Raids Medical Marijuana Co-Op In Arizona.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has raided a medical marijuana cooperative in Tempe, Arizona, claiming the owners were involved in the illegal sale of drugs.

DEA agents began showing up at the Arizona Go Green Co-Op at 426 East Southern Avenue in Tempe around 8 a.m. on Thursday, reports Anita Roman at Fox 10. Two people were arrested in the raid.

Officials claimed the DEA was acting on information that “a marijuana dispensary was illegally operating in Arizona.” Agents pulled evidence from the building, including bags of different varieties of medical marijuana.

An employee at at nearby business said he saw four agents raiding the place dressed in full SWAT gear, including assault rifles, body armor and masks. “It’s unclear why the DEA dressed as if they were going after Los Zetas instead of medical marijuana doctors, patients or caregivers,” reports Ray Stern at Phoenix New Times.

The employee said he and other business owners knew the place had been operating as a medical marijuana club in the small office complex, but he hadn’t seen or heard of any problems relating to the cooperative.

Owners James Chaney and Rachael Beeder face charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, according to the DEA.

Dr. James Eisenberg, a physician at the clinic, is also accused of illegally selling other prescription medications, according to Fox 10. He left a note on the door saying he’ll be out until October 1.

Eisenberg has been licensed in Arizona since August 2009, with no complaints on file, according to Arizona Medical Board records.

“The problem here is simple,” Phoenix New Times notes. “Arizona voters passed the medical marijuana act last November expecting to see medical marijuana dispensaries, but Governor Jan Brewer thwarted that legal election and derailed the dispensary program. If the compassion clubs are also shut down, medical marijuana patients — now totaling more than 11,000, according to the most recent report on the Arizona Department of Health Services website — won’t have a legal place to obtain their medicine.”

DEA Raids Medical Marijuana Clinic in Tempe: MyFoxPHOENIX.com

Tags: arizona, dea raid, dispensaries
More links from around the web!

Advertisements

No Charges for Arpaio: U.S. Closes Criminal Investigation of Maricopa Sheriff and Former County Attorney Andrew Thomas – Phoenix – News – Valley Fever


No Charges for Arpaio: U.S. Closes Criminal Investigation of Maricopa Sheriff and Former County Attorney Andrew Thomas – Phoenix – News – Valley Fever.

See also: Investigating Joe Arpaio
thomas arpaio 120109.jpg
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona announced today it won’t pursue criminal charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, his employees, or former County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that it has closed its investigation into criminal conduct by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas with no charges against either man.

The announcement came after 5 p.m. on the Friday afternoon before the Labor Day weekend — apparently to avoid as much blowback as possible.

Former employees of Arpaio and Thomas, like fired Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott and prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon, also will escape criminal charges..

Here’s what we received moments ago:

PHOENIX – Ann Birmingham Scheel, acting on behalf of the United States due to the recusal of U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo, announced today that her office is closing its investigation into allegations of criminal conduct by current and former members of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has advised Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery of its decision not to pursue state criminal charges related to the investigation.

Ms. Scheel commended the joint investigative efforts of the prosecutors and the FBI special agents who conducted the investigation.

RELEASE NUMBER: 2012-194(Closing of MCSO and MCAO Investigation)

That’s it.

Game over. No more wondering if the feds are going to haul Arpaio off for whatever crimes he may have committed.

Do we think a criminal case could have been made? You know it.

From arresting New Times executives at night under bogus pretenses to entering into an “unholy collaboration” with Andrew Thomas (who was disbarred for his unethical actions) to blatently targeting of political enemies to his “I was duped” remark about his former chief deputy’s alleged crimes, Arpaio hasn’t been held accountable by anyone.

Especially voters, who appear poised to re-elect him to a sixth term.

The investigation had never been officially acknowledged by the Department of Justice or the U.S. Attorney’s Office — though it is believed to have been going on for more than three years. In January 2010, the probe was widely reported when witnesses were summoned to a grand jury to talk about Arpaio’s alleged abuse of power.

But now it’s over, with November’s election looming.

With Arpaio’s long list of serious moral and potentially illegal lapses of judgment, this absolvement of the sheriff no doubt will assure the rest of the country that this really is the Wild West, where anything goes.

Andrew Kunasek, one of five members of the county Board of Supervisors and a victim of Arpaio and Thomas’ vendettas, is furious about the decision, which he calls “an assault on our system of justice.”

A State Bar of Arizona investigation against Thomas, plus an internal investigation of Arpaio’s office by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, proved that Arpaio and Thomas’ offices cooked up phony charges against Kunasek for approving a $14,000 sweep of county offices for listening devices.

One of the more riveting pieces of testimony during the Thomas proceeding last year was when Kunasek recalled a phone call from prosecutor Tom Liddy, who warned that Hendershott was targeting him in a plot to neuter the Board of Supervisors, which had been trying to rein in Arpaio’s reckless spending habits.

“That Hendershott and Aubuchon are walking away from this — I think it’s a scourge on the Department of Justice,” he fumes. “I am pissed at [U.S. Attorney General] Eric Holder. His inaction here is a terrible abuse.”

Tags:
andrew thomas, arizona, county attorney, maricopa county, sheriff joe arpaio
Write Comment Email to Friend Print Article
Related Content
Teen Girl Allegedly Gang Raped on Cruise Vacation Knew Just How to Punish Her Abusers
Paid Distribution
Teen Girl Allegedly Gang Raped on Cruise Vacation Knew Just How to Punish Her Abusers
(CafeMom)
Backroom Casting Couch’s Anonymous
Backroom Casting Couch’s Anonymous “Reality” Porn Creep Has Herpes
(Valley Fever)
John Dougherty, Other Wannabes for U.S. Senate to Debate Tonight
John Dougherty, Other Wannabes for U.S. Senate to Debate Tonight
(Valley Fever)
Paul Babeu and Ex-Boyfriend Jose Orozco Won’t Be Charged With Crimes Related to Messy Break-Up
Paul Babeu and Ex-Boyfriend Jose Orozco Won’t Be Charged With Crimes Related to Messy Break-Up
(Valley Fever)
Teen Girl Allegedly Gang Raped on Cruise Vacation Knew Just How to Punish Her Abusers
Backroom Casting Couch’s Anonymous
John Dougherty, Other Wannabes for U.S. Senate to Debate Tonight
Paul Babeu and Ex-Boyfriend Jose Orozco Won’t Be Charged With Crimes Related to Messy Break-Up
[?]
In Case You Missed It
Ben Quayle Concedes Race to David Schweikert
Ben Quayle Concedes Race to David Schweikert
How Did Joe Arpaio Do on the Stand Yesterday?
How Did Joe Arpaio Do on the Stand Yesterday?
John Leonardo, New AZ US Attorney, Recuses Himself From Sheriff Joe Arpaio Abuse-of-Power Investigation; As Judge, Ruled That Arpaio Did Abuse Power
John Leonardo, New AZ US Attorney, Recuses Himself From Sheriff Joe Arpaio Abuse-of-Power Investigation; As Judge, Ruled That Arpaio Did Abuse Power
Ben Quayle Concedes Race to David Schweikert
How Did Joe Arpaio Do on the Stand Yesterday?
John Leonardo, New AZ US Attorney, Recuses Himself From Sheriff Joe Arpaio Abuse-of-Power Investigation; As Judge, Ruled That Arpaio Did Abuse Power.