Drugs

West Oakland Acorn Housing Project Subject of Joint Federal and Local Drug Busts

In a tiny part of West Oakland, near the Acorn housing project, drug-related violence has been increasing – according to local law enforcement officials.  So, during the month of April 2013, Oakland police have put members of the Acorn gang in their sights.  Within two weeks, more than 300 local officers and members of the FBI raided houses in the area, toting multiple search warrants, seizing firearms, and making arrests. What’s more than this is that Oakland police say that there are more arrests to come.  Police Chief Howard Jordan insists that these actions are necessary for the safety of...

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Marijuana Drug Busts on The Rise in Yosemite (CA Penal Code §11357)

 In a park that has over 3 million visitors each year, there are bound to be a few people who take community with nature, well, a little more seriously than others.  But Yosemite’s park rangers have been cracking down on those who bring illegal substances into the area, attempting to preserve the nature preserve’s “family friendly” atmosphere.  Most of the arrests, it seems, are for marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms - both of which are popular in the park among campers and visitors. A marijuana possession charge at Yosemite can cost you a misdemeanor citation (CA Penal Code §11357) and $275, a...

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False Accusation and Arrest due to inaccuracy of Police Shotspotter System

29-year-old Keith Harding was outside of a marijuana grow house in the 1600 block of 85th Avenue when he was shot and killed.  Law enforcement officers are still unable to determine whether or not Harding’s death is connected to the activities of the grow house, but it was found on the premise during the investigation into the slaying.Interestingly, police were alerted to the shooting through the use, not only of reports by nearby residents, but also of “Shotspotter,” a gunshot detection device with sensors that detect gunfire blasts.  This particular piece of technology has become one of the basic mainstays...

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Possession of Paraphernalia Charge in El Cerrito with Violation of Penal Code H&S 11364

A 32-year-old unnamed man from El Sobrante was caught by surprise in a women’s restroom in the local El Cerrito Safeway supermarket when a young child reported smelling strange smoke and seeing a pornographic magazine while there.  It seems that the man was smoking a cocaine-laced marijuana cigarette, reading pornographic materials, and had a young child with him.  He also admitted to stealing a soda from the store.Local law enforcement officials charged the man with possession of drugs and of drug paraphernalia.Certainly, it is understandable that the man was arrested for drug possession, but what was the paraphernalia?   California’s Health...

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Drug Charges in San Francisco Target African Americans

Recent studies indicate that African Americans in the San Francisco area charged with drug-related crimes experience an arrest rate more than 19 times higher than any other ethnicity in the area and 7.3 times higher than African Americans throughout the state at large.  Why is this the case?For one thing, this an important statistic to investigate, considering that prior to January 1, 2011, possession of one ounce (28.5 mg) of marijuana was considered a misdemeanor, with convictions under this law expunged from a person’s record after 2 years (CA Health & Safety Code, § 11361.5 & 11361.7).  As of January...

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