We first told you about it this past October when police seized nearly $2 million in cash and thousands of pounds of marijuana in Lexington and Georgetown.
This week the last of six men plead guilty in Lexington.
According to the U.S. District Attorney Kerry Harvey, a Mexican man admitted in federal court Tuesday that he and six others conspired to distribute thousands of pounds of marijuana in Fayette County worth well over a million dollars.
“In terms of marijuana there’s no question this was an extraordinarily large find,” Harvey said.
Harvey also said during the course of his guilty plea, Narcisco Munguia Pineda, 41, acknowledged that law enforcement discovered 300 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car when he was stopped in the Hamburg area by law enforcement on October 4, 2011.
Authorities then executed a search warrant for his residence on Ice House Way and found more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana along with two firearms.
Previously, Ismael Rodriguez Garcia, 37, Julio Cesar Robles, 33, Gilberto Rodriguez Hernandez, 32, Raul Rodriguez Rojas, 31, Luis Osvaldo Rodriguez Rojas, 38, each of Mexico, and Joaquin Diaz Verdin,19, of Lexington, pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. They were indicted by a federal grand jury in late 2011.
At the same time as the discovery of the marijuana in Lexington, law enforcement was performing surveillance at a residence at Starting Gate Point in Georgetown, Ky. The surveillance culminated in a series of traffic stops of vehicles that left the Starting Gate Point residence.
Police there, seized 300 pounds of marijuana they found in a trunk of a car at the residence on Starting Gate Point and $1,800,000 in cash.
The investigation was spearheaded by the U.S. DEA with assistance from the Lexington Metro Police Department, Georgetown Police Department, Versailles Police Department, Richmond Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Frankfort Police Department, Nicholasville Police Department, Winchester Police Department, Garrard County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky Office of Attorney General, and Scott County Sheriff’s Office. The United States was represented in the case by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.
Memorial Day Weekend 1997 Featuring speeches from Gatewood Galbraith, (The Last Free Man In America), Jack Herer (Godfather of The Hemp Movement), Chris Conrad, (Hemp Guru), & Elvy Musikka, (Federal Medical Marijuana Patient & advocate)& Master of Ceremonies Derrik DeCrane. Music by Teddy Woodward & The Hemptations. Rainbow Farm was located in Vandalia, Michigan & was a cannabis friendly community. They had great concerts & speakers. The government came in later & killed the owners & stole the farm from the legal birth right of the son, Robert 1 week before 9-11 (September 3rd & 4th,2001). Tom Crosslin & Rollie Rolhm were the owners & each one of them were systematically gunned down & tortured after being out numbered 300 to 1. In order to stop a memorial day concert, that was to start a signature campaign to legalize cannabis in the state of Michigan. God Bless Robert & keep him safe. Our Government in the name of,” The Drug War”, is committing crimes against citizens of this country on a daily basis. We must never forget those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom. We must hold those accountable who did this. Zero Tolerance makes zero sense.
* Terrible tragedies like Rainbowfarm story have been happening on a regular basis every since it happened. It’s not the Rainbowfarm way to preach a negative message.We are peace loving individuals who want you to know that the only way we can stop these injustices to carry on in the name of the drug war, we must come together on this topic & not be divided by issues like race, sexual preference, or religion. We must vote for the change we want for our country. Tom & Rollie loved America & flew the flag everyday because they were RED, White, & Blue, Proud American Tax payers.
I can never remember the details. The “detail” section of my brain just does not work very well. I’ve had Major Depression, and Chronic Anxiety as well. I also, among other things, have had a “Cerebellar Vascular Accident (CVA) which is about the same as a ruptured aneurysm/stroke in 1998.
It does not matter though, because I can remember where to find the information that I need, when I need it!
At the same time, the philosophical portion of my brain tends to work overtime. I spend most of my waking day on the internet, scanning for more and more information for which I know I may not remember the details of…
…but I will always know where to go to find that information when I need it!
I do this by scanning the internet for anything and everything from Cannabis issues, political, social, economics, healthcare and the conspiracies thereof, and then back to the daily news and beyond.
I never had the opportunity to go to college, and I received my education in “Little’s” such as our former President Abraham Lincoln, who, incidentally, was also from Kentucky.
I read, and read and read some more and then ask “why?” or “why not?”, and then I search for more.
I believe as George Carlin did when he said that “children should be taught to question”. Question everything. Nothing should be taken for granted nor at face value.
In the 1990’s my Father and I were discussing Hemp one day and he advised me that I should seek out Gatewood Galbraith and go see him. That, “He knew all about it”. At that time I was busy raising kids and working and taking care of Mom and Dad on the weekends. I did not even have a computer!
I began about 2003 searching out marijuana information on the internet.
My Dad had died in 2001 and three months prior to that had called me one day and asked me if I could find him “a little pot”. As I was then ignorant of any kind of medicinal use of Marijuana, and he had COPD and Heart Disease. My only answer to him would be, “I’d love to Dad, but I’m afraid if you tried to smoke it at this point it could kill you.” His lung capacity was near zero.
At that time we knew nothing of the “healing oil”. So in 2003 I was browsing one day and it came to my mind to search for “medical marijuana”.
The rest is history. Once I found how to access the information nothing was gonna stop me from trying to spread the message – through as many sites as I could possibly access. It suffices to say that in the last seven years or more I have learned a lot. The whole world has learned a lot.
I have been through many changes in my life and am thankful for most of them.
My only hope is that the Earth has a chance to recover itself before it is too late.
Much of that depends upon how we choose to “FREE” this God given gift of Cannabis, and what is done with it once it is.
I have seen so many abuses against humanity in general that I cannot ignore it. So therefore, I not only am an activist for anti-prohibition, but I have very strong feelings concerning other issues as well.
Mountain Top removal, strip mining, coal ash and the illness and death as a result of it. Human trafficking and the death penalty issue, prisoners rights and issues, including the “DRUG WAR” Prisoners as well. Then there are Civil Rights, Human Rights, the Bill of Rights, Constitutional Rights, Religious Rights and the list could go on forever.
I never thought that I would be qualified to be a politician, nor a lawyer, nor did I ever think that I would want to be, mainly because I do not want to be put into a position where I can no longer say what I feel is right, but must succumb to the “for the greater good of the people” clause which they use in order to be able to lie to us with a straight face.
And since there are so many differing opinions within any given movement of Activists, I feel it is necessary to have citizen reporters and/or journalists. That is where I felt that I would fit in, as I could bring the news of all of the important issues which affect our lives straight to the web. I have an occasional opinions on a given subject, but basically I want to give you the information that you need in order to make up your own minds about what you think is right.
After all, It’s not about what I as a single being wish to have happen. It is about a Democracy which believes in the right of the people to decide for themselves who they want in office and how these laws are carried out. In the end, it is only YOU that can help save our Earth and bring it to peace by petition, voting rights, etc., After all, as Gatewood once said: There are only two ways to win a war. One is politically and the other to take it to the streets. I damn sure hope the streets isn’t where we end up.
USMJParty Endorses NM Gov. Gary Johnson for President 2012
We the undersigned members of The US Marijuana Party hereby endorses candidates Former NM Governor Gary Johnson and Former Federal Judge James Gray for President and Vice President of the United States of America. Both candidates have shown to uphold the ideals of the US Marijuana Party’s Mission Statement, to wit:
“WE seeks to remove all penalties for adults 18 and over who choose to consume cannabis in a responsible manner.”
“We demand an end to the war on productive and otherwise law abiding citizens by the powers that be who claim to protect us.”
“We demand the right to use any medication our healthcare providers and we deem fit without government interference.”
“We demand the release of all people imprisoned on marijuana charges and that their criminal records be expunged.”
“We demand that all property seized in marijuana raids be returned to the rightful owners at once.”
“We demand that our law enforcement officers make more efficient use of our tax dollars and use the resources they have at their disposal to go after violent criminals and crimes that actually have victims.”
“We demand the right to grow marijuana for personal consumption, just as alcohol can be brewed at home legally so long as it is not sold untaxed.”
“We demand that you stop treating us like second class citizens for consuming something that is less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco, both of which are legal and cause numerous deaths each year. Cannabis has never caused one.”
Although our demands seem singular many of the social ills in American can be tied to the drug war and/or the war on a plant (cannabis). The cost of enforcement of cannabis laws, the cost of housing prisoners, subsequent welfare for the unemployable drug felons, the costs of the probate system of removing children from their homes, and the break up of the American family to name a few.
It is time for a turnover in American government let it start with Gary Johnson & Jim Gray as the leaders in the next White House administration.
Peace, Pot, Politics,
Wayward Bill Chengelis,
Chairman, US Marijuana Party &
Chairman, US Marijuana Party of Colorado
Richard J. Rawlings, Chairman, Illinois
Sheree Krider, Chairwoman, Kentucky
Jeffrey Kabik, Chairman, Maryland
Tom Johnson, Chairman, Pennsylvania
Nick Apuzzo, Chairman, California
The US Marijuana Party is thrilled to announce the formation of two new state chapters, California and Pennsylvania. Congratulation are in order for Nick Apuzzo (CA) and Tom Johnson (PA).
Like the fabled Phoenix the US Marijuana Party is rising from the ashes. It is our intent to have a chapter in every state in the United States by January 1, 2013.