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  •  I didn't quite understand what the roll of the DEA (0+ / 0-)

    was in "off loading".

    Were they actually carrying the pot for the last leg of the journey, crossing the border?

    I have a hard time finding fault with pot wholesaling but not liqueur.

    "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

    by ban nock on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 09:04:50 PM PDT

    •  Their role for the nearly two year duration of (0+ / 0-)

      Grouper was to provide labor (really local firefighters, cops, etc.), offload sites (like boatyards and other docks that were ostensibly "protected" by bought and paid for local law enforcement), and any and all other logistics required to complete the final fifty miles of the journey (including surveillance flights, ferry craft, communications, etc.).

      In reality, then, at least with regards to those particular loads, the only real smuggler involved was the government. Leading me, for one, to speculate that that is the reason why this approach, even with its "billion dollar seizures", ended up being a one shot affair.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 06:32:31 PM PDT

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