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Authorities to share details of AZ smuggling bust

Arizona authorities plan to release more details at a Monday news conference about their bust involving a major drug smuggling ring.

Multiple suspected smugglers were arrested and thousands of pounds of pot were seized in the Thursday bust at multiple homes in Phoenix, Casa Grande, Maricopa and other cities.

It was the culmination of what U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement described as a long-term, far-reaching investigation of the smuggling ring by the agency and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s spokesman Elias Johnson says that the bust is the biggest ever for his agency.

Thursday’s seizure involved the same ring targeted earlier this month in a raid in which 17 suspected drug smugglers were arrested. About 935 pounds of marijuana, 12 weapons, ammunition and cash were seized in that bust.

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  1. Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child or grandchild thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.
    If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let’s put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let’s let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.
    Here’s one way that was REALLY WORKING until the Federal government targeted them in October 2011: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/2011/07/the-pot-republic-one-sheriffs-quietly-radical-experiment.html
    The current proposal before Congress, bill HR 2306, will allow states to decide how they will regulate marijuana. We can email our Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml to discuss HR 2306.
    And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

    99% of the bust was marijuana.
    Let’s put the Cartels out of business forever:
    Let’s let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yard.

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