Wednesday, February 13, 2002

  • As the Bush Administration Urged the US to Be On the "Highest Alert" After An F.B.I. Warningof An Imminent Attack, Federal Agents Raid Medical Marijuana Providers Across California

    As the Bush administration urged law enforcement officers and civilians to "be on the highest alert" in the aftermathof the F.B.I. warning of an imminent attack against the US, federal law enforcement agents raided medical marijuanaproviders across California yesterday. Federal agents raided at least three clubs, in San Francisco, Oakland andPetaluma. According to the San Francisco Independent Media Center, they raided five other sites as well. The Oaklandhome of long-time cannabis activist Ed Rosenthal, and the Sixth Street Harm Reduction Center in San Francisco, amedical marijuana club, were among the first raids by Drug Enforcement Agency officials. Four were arrested at thecenter. They face between 40 years to life in prison. The Harm Reduction Center serves about 200 patients a day, allwith doctors’ recommendations to get the drug. Many suffer chronic pain from AIDS and cancer.

  • Tulia, Texas: Scenes From a Drug War

    In the tiny town of Tulia, Texas two years ago, 43 suspects were arrested on charges of selling small amounts ofcocaine, in the biggest drug sting in local history. All but three of the 43 defendants were black More than tenpercent of the African-American community of the town of 5,000 were arrested in a drug sting conducted by a singleundercover officer with no corroborating evidence. In some cases, hometown juries later meted out sentences rangingfrom 20 years to more than 300 years.

  • From San Francisco to Tulia: Federal Drug Stings

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