Deputies seize 5,031 marijuana plants in North County

July 20, 2012

A two month investigation has led to the arrests of four people and the confiscation of 5,031 plants discovered in the Los Padres National Forest south of Santa Margarita Lake Road, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s press release.

Detectives used helicopters to reach the three different grow sites. The same helicopter made 14 trips  to remove a large amount of trash that had been left around the grows.

As a result of that investigation, on Tuesday,  a search warrant was served at home in Bakersfield. Evidence there led to service of a second search warrant at another home in Bakersfield.

Deputies arrested Jose Luis Villa-Carmino, 28, Rafael Deniz-Lopez, 26, Pablo Ramirez-Ayala, 27,  Jose Herrera-Aguilera, 30,  and seized seven pounds of marijuana and six pounds of marijuana seeds. All four suspects have immigration holds.

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.



  1. The Gimlet Eye says:

    Here is a simple chart that shows more dramatically than a thousand words that the so-called War on Drugs is a miserable failure. [Most people know that without seeing this chart, but the question is why is it a failure? This chart shows the answer. Hint: It has something to do with money. When people are being paid handsomely to conduct a war on drugs, do they really want to win that war and put themselves out of work?]

    YouTube 2012 Oct 20

    Study: War on Drugs Not Working At All

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  2. The Gimlet Eye says:

    “A former MBA student of the author’s who was the director of
    emergency medicine at a large urban hospital once said that he
    and his colleagues spent about 90 percent of their time treating
    the knife and gunshot wounds of drug gang members. His
    medical preparation for such a job included serving as a surgeon during
    wartime, which he said came in very handy. Such injuries dominate all
    such hospitals at tremendous expense. Th e incredible violence in America’s
    cities is a direct result of the government’s war on drugs and would end if
    the “war” was to end.”

    Thomas DiLorenzo, Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government, p. 7

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    • zaphod says:

      Thomas DiLorenzo is a neo confederate loon like John Ashcroft.

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      • zaphod says:

        neo-con fed

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        • The Gimlet Eye says:

          Ode to zaphod:

          “The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight!”

          Ludwig von Mises

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      • The Gimlet Eye says:

        That’s funny, zaphod. You could not get any further from the truth if you used a compass and GPS.

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        • zaphod says:

          Wikipedia : DiLorenzo has devoted much effort to scholarly historical revisionism, focusing on what has been called “the Lincoln Cult”[7] as a political and historical phenomenon. In the same vein, he has spoken out in favor of the secession of the Confederate States of America, defending the right of these states to secede in a view similar to that of abolitionist Lysander Spooner.[8] He has also criticized the crediting of the New Deal for ending the Great Depression.[9]

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          • zaphod says:

            you might check what your encyclopedia has to say about historical revision Gimlet .

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            • The Gimlet Eye says:

              You are nothing but a pest. Get lost.

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  3. The Gimlet Eye says:

    Don’t get too exited. This is all for show.

    What about the CIA pot? The last thing the CIA needs is competition.

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    • zaphod says:

      The cia pot??? oh yeah I forgot about Pol .

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      • kettle says:

        Not pol, pizza, Extra Happy Pizza

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        • The Gimlet Eye says:

          Freeway Ricky Ross Exposes Government Drug Running

          “Freeway” Ricky Ross, a former US street legend, who as a drug dealer was once responsible for flooding California’s streets with most of its hard drugs, spoke with RT about his activism against drugs. After making up to US$2 million a day and then spending 20 years in prison, Ross started from scratch and is now trying to make a difference by keeping kids from following into his footsteps.

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        • The Gimlet Eye says:

          Mena Connection: Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA, Drug smuggling

          Film that includes clips from mainsteam media at the time, CBS etc. ARKANSAS GOVERNOR BILL CLINTON PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH CIA DRUGS FOR GUNS CONNECTION By Paul DeRienzo An independent group of researchers in Arkansas are charging that Governor Bill Clinton is covering up an airport used by the CIA and major cocaine smugglers in a remote corner of the Ozark mountains. According to Deborah Robinson of In These Times, the Inter mountain Regional Airport in Mena,Arkansas continues to be the hub of operations for people like assassinated cocaine kingpin Barry Seal as well as government intelligence operations linked to arms and drug smuggling. In the 1980’s, the Mena airport became one of the world’s largest aircraft refurbishing centers, providing services to planes from many countries.Researchers claim that the largest consumers of aircraft refurbishing services are drug smugglers and intelligence agencies involved in covert activities.

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      • The Gimlet Eye says:

        Ohhhh, zaphod, when will you ever learn? Are you really that naive? Stop, look, and listen:

        Drug Trade – Fletcher Prouty

        The drug trade – US spends billions of dollars to have an impenetrable Air Defense system. Col. Prouty was one of the founders of Air Defense Command so he knows exactly what its business is and how it works.

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      • The Gimlet Eye says:

        US government openly admits arming Mexican drug gangs with 30,000 firearms – but why?

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  4. winedude says:

    I give up…six pounds of seeds? That’s a LOT of marijuana seeds. This is obviously not being grown for medicinal use, so good job to the Sheriff’s office.

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    • easymoney says:

      Bingo, that is a lot of seeds and combined with the immigration hold put on those arrested, it is obviously mexican cartels growing for profit, big profit.
      Be careful out there, never know when you might stubble on a patch. Good job sheriffs…

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      • The Gimlet Eye says:

        How a big US bank [Wachovia, for their CIA buddies] laundered billions from Mexico’s murderous drug gangs

        As the violence spread, billions of dollars of cartel cash began to seep into the global financial system. But a special investigation by the Observer reveals how the increasingly frantic warnings of one London whistleblower were ignored

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  5. Jorge Estrada says:

    A special thanks to the many volunteers that promote safe access to our public lands.

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  6. Paso_Guy says:

    This is good. Congrats to the SLO sheriffs dept.

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