DEA Marijuana Raids Plummet

Sep 20, 2013

New data released by the Drug Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tion reveals the agency has dra­mat­i­cally cut the num­ber of raids on mar­i­juana grow­ers over the past two years, espe­cially in Cal­i­for­nia. But, as SF Weekly noted, a closer look at the data reveals that the DEA has not become less aggres­sive. Rather, the agency appears to have been more effec­tive by mak­ing fewer raids, but arrest­ing more peo­ple and seiz­ing more pot. While the num­ber of busts has decreased by about 22 per­cent, the amount of mar­i­juana con­fis­cated and the num­ber of arrests made dur­ing raids have increased by about that much. In 2010, author­i­ties pulled 7.4 mil­lion plants from 2,272 sites, result­ing in 1,591 arrests and 59,928 pounds of pot, accord­ing to the DEA. In 2012, author­i­ties con­fis­cated 2.08 mil­lion plants from 1,784 sites. But the grand pull dur­ing those raids was a whop­ping 2,045 arrests and 64,920 pounds of pot. As SF Weekly noted, the shift is likely due in part to the DEA’s dis­band­ment of its nearly 30-year-old Cam­paign Against Mar­i­juana Plant­ing, or CAMP pro­gram. Allen St. Pierre, exec­u­tive direc­tor of mar­i­juana pol­icy reform group NORML, told The Huff­in­g­ton Post that he believes tech­nol­ogy may be dri­ving the increase in arrests. “Before, they would get the cannabis, but rarely get any arrests,” St. Pierre explained. “But with new tech­nol­ogy — satel­lites, drones, cam­eras, etc. — they have a much bet­ter oppor­tu­nity to get a bit of a body count, so to speak.” A DEA spokesman wasn’t imme­di­ately avail­able for com­ment. St. Pierre, gen­er­ally an out­spo­ken critic against the DEA, hailed the agency’s shift. “This is pos­i­tive news, but I think it may have more to do with the pres­sure for for­fei­ture, which is always in the back­ground for law enforce­ment. If author­i­ties find assets, cash, etc., they get to largely keep those items through civil for­fei­ture process,” St. Pierre said. “The real vex­a­tion of law enforce­ment should be drugs like meth. But unfor­tu­nately — per­versely — they are incen­tivised by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to go after cannabis. But hope­fully this trend will con­tinue and we’ll start to see a real repri­or­i­ti­za­tion.” Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post (NY) Author: Robin Wilkey Pub­lished: Sep­tem­ber 19, 2013 Copy­right: 2013 Huff​in​g​ton​Post​.com, LLC Con­tact: scoop@​huffingtonpost.​com Web­site: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/

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