Growers Tune In For Pot Raids Tips

Sheriff asks radio station to stop broadcasting their movements

By Jackson West
|  Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010  |  Updated 4:00 PM PDT
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For years, KMUD has been keeping the community in California's "Emerald Triangle" informed with up-to-the-minute reports on law enforcement movements on the ground and in the air.

The region, which includes Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties and serves as the nexus of that state's production of cannabis, has been wary of law enforcement ever since drug enforcement efforts picked up under the Reagan administration's escalation of the War on Drugs.

It's left local sheriffs frustrated, with Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman asking for KMUD to stop the broadcast.

Allman warns that he's worried about potential violence from "Mexican drug gangs," and says that the eradication efforts are not targeting licensed growers of crops for medical marijuana dispensaries.

And even if KMUD decided to stop broadcasting, who's to say the updates wouldn't continue via other channels. Twitter, anyone?

Jackson West wonders if the new geo-location features on Twitter couldn't give even better info than the radio reports.

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