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Posted on 05/21/2012 7:31:52 AM PDT by Altariel
At 5:30 a.m. on May 10, armed men broke into the bedroom of Kirk Kyle Farrars 12 year-old daughter and shook her awake. The men led her downstairs at gunpoint and forced her to lie on the floor next to her mother and father, with her hands behind her head. Another armed man took Farrars two-year-old son from his crib, and would not let his parents hold him. My son screamed for his mother for what seemed like an eternity, Farrar wrote in an email to friends, obtained by Reason. I will never forget the hopeless feeling of not being able to comfort my son or daughter.
The armed men who broke into Farrars home were officers with the Meridian, Idaho, Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. They were executing a federal warrant for Farrars arrest for the crime of selling bongs.
Farrars wasnt the only family traumatized that morning. Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Idaho National Guard, and four Idaho police departments raided the homes of 13 other headshop owners and employees on May 10. All of the headshops had their inventory seized. One shop lost more than $80,000 worth of merchandise (bongs and pipes marketed as tobacco water pipes). Another headshop owner had his and and his employees' vehicles seized.
The investigation into these 13 shops and their employees (two of which are still at large) for selling drug paraphernalia was led by U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson, a Barack Obama appointee. Nine of the shops were also accused of selling "spice," a synthetic alternative to the prohibited and significantly safer drug marijuana.
In his email, Farrar denies selling spice. "Piece of Mind Boise has never carried these products EVER! We made a commitment from the start not to carry it because we believe it is dangerous and not being used in a legal fashion."
He also notes that his cousin, "[who] has never previously committed a crime and has absolutely no criminal record," has been charged with "with 4 Federal felony charges stemming from selling tobacco products."
The open sale of drug paraphernalia promotes unlawful drug use and helps drug traffickers thrive, Olson said at a press conference on May 10. These indictments show federal, state and local law enforcement partners will attack drug trafficking on all fronts.
During a speech at the Center for American Progress earlier this month, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske said that the law enforcement-only approach to America's drug problem was not "humane, compassionate" or "realistic." He also said that the Obama administration does not believe it can "arrest its way out of the drug problem."
Reason spoke to one headshop owner. At his attorneys behest, this owner declined to go on the record, but did say that local police had been aware of the stores existence and sales of glass pipes for years, but had never threatened charges or discouraged the business from operating. The owner believes that the raids came at the behest of federal law enforcement officials.
According to the Idaho Statesman, the DEA, Idaho National Guard, IRS and the U.S. Marshals and Attorneys offices worked on the case, which the agencies built over the course of an entire year.
As if more evidence were needed that President Obama's drug war looks a lot like George W. Bush's: The charges against Farrar and the other Idaho headshop owners are reminiscent of the federal prosecution of actor Tommy Chong under Bush's DOJ. Chong was convicted in 2003 for distributing paraphernalia through his company Nice Dreams Enterprises. Chong was fined $20,000, and made to forfeit his domain name, all of his inventory, and $103,514 in cash.
Do you feel safer?
Full Title: A Report From Obamas Humane Drug War: My son screamed for his mother for what seemed like an eternity
The perps probably forgot to pay their protection money (campaign contributions).
Meanwhile, Corzine remains free as a bird.
At best, in a just world every single police officer and DEA official would be thrown in jail for the rest of their lives for violation of constitutional rights.
At worst, in a just world, I can’t say because the admins at FR are fraidy cats and would delete it and ban me.
Why would ANY parent of children under 18 be STUPID enough to get involved in the drug trade, even legally selling the paraphernalia?
Apparently a “water pipe” is OK, but a “bong” has a little hole in the body to let in air when you uncover it. One is legal, the other gets guns pointed at you.
In CA there are many, many stores selling pipes and other paraphernalia to support “medical marijuana”.
These over zealous freaks need to be at our southern border arresting the the drug dealers and pushers. That way the feds wouldn’t need to worry about these types of shops that cater to users.
Amateur thugs. I’ve done more than my share of armed raids (Iraq), and I never separated young children from their parents. There’s no point to it at all. If you’re really concerned about weapons, do a quick pat-down and you’re done.
On the plus side, they didn’t shoot the family dog.
Hussein’s showing us what a right-winger he is.
Gas prices mysteriously drop 20 cents, unemployment is “steady” or “decreasing”, and Hussein is a small-government man.
Now he’s going after “drug dealers”.
Wendy is GUILTY, even from a far-away low-res photo.
ok...folks may recognize that I am NOT a supporter of MJ legalization, BUT!
This is ridiculous!
This is evidence of complete ATF laziness, as no true investigation is required, and no real counter-threat exists.
Go after the drug cartels and the hard drug SUPPLIERS!
Get off of you dead butts and do some real work!
Cold War 1945 to 1991- 46 years
Drug War 1972-2012- 40 years and still going strong.
The Drug War has caused more challenges to Constitution than any other source. It MUST stop.
It is far better to allow adults to make adult decisions that to continue with the tens of thousands dead or maimed yearly, through violence, in this nation and others.
I don’t think the government really knows how to stop the drug war because it employs so many....
The Government = The Mafia
Tens-of-thousands-of-tons of pot and coke coming thru Mexico every month, and the JBT Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Marshals Service, US Attorney’s Office, the Idaho National Guard, and four Idaho police departments, are raiding/terrorizing local “head shop” employees’ families?
This must be the 4,000th-5,000th article I’ve read about this unending, diversionary, budget-justifying BS.
I have a lot of respect of LEOs and Firemen, right behind the US Military, but these JBT ass-clowns aren’t worthy of a warm bucket of my spit.
Why would any government worshipper suppose that terrorizing young children is justified by the activities of one or both the parents?
Remember: if you are EVER even ACCUSED of any illegal activity, the same can be done to your children, or your nephews and nieces, or your grandchildren, if they are with you.
Selective law enforcement against white people and real life practice for when the TSA is mobilized and armed and they come looking for your guns. The goons who worked these raid will be platoon leaders.
The entire government needs overhauling and keelhauling and rolled back to a manageable sized monster.
Hussein needed to show how he’s tough on drugs, without actually interrupting or interfering with his biggest supporters’ businesses.
Imagine your kids, your nephews or nieces, or your grandkids at the barrel of the local/state/federal law enforcements weapons, when they charge into your home to take your constitutionally permitted firearms.
If we allow them to get away with it now, it will be done again, and again.
What’s the next step. “get your screaming toddler under control, or I’ll shoot him?”
“the Idaho National Guard,”
WTF were they doing there?
Remember a RINO, Richard Milhous Nixon started the war on drugs. Another one of his dumb political moves, like price controls. The problem this one is destroying the Constitution because it give he police a chance to form a Police State.
“These over zealous freaks need to be at our southern border arresting the the drug dealers and pushers.”
No, then they might actually get shot at by someone that really wants to kill them.
Rhetorical Question: What the hell is going on?
True enough. I stand corrected.
“WTF were they doing there?”
Doesn’t the Governor activate the NG?
Yes, unless the Feds activate it....
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is a Republican.
Bet Hussein’s handlers are already hard at work rewriting this story.
When did Dean Graziosi become a U.S. Attorney?
“Bipartisanship” in action....
What is Butch Otter saying about this?
Butch was a Reagan appointee.
See how Reaganesque Hussein is?
Thankfully the family did not have a poodle or it would have been shot in front of the children
Are we going to see a Geospatial Department mockup of the family compound and an action timeline to support Hussein’s gutsy call?
She looks like a dyke if ever there was one! Nothing or no one is more vicious & evil than so-called liberals who also happen to be homo or lezzie.
Would they have reported shooting the dog?
This raid was to make Hussein look good.
How closely did he work with the Republican governor?
Is there an official Hussein press release yet, or does he get to joke about this at a party for the police Wednesday Night?
Per our Constitution and history an Amendment is required to have a federal prohibition. There exist no Amendment authorizing the federal government to have another prohibition. The Federal Government’s Drug Prohibition is illegal and should be rejected by every American.
Obama’s storm troopers are getting a workout. No one is safe.
Take all of your pro-drug hippie anti-police friends back to the DU and enjoy anarchy there.
Exactly. How is it that we required the Volstead Act for alcohol prohibition, but not something similar for MJ? Completely absurd.
These agents in this case are nothing but JBTs. There is no justification whatsoever to carry out normal arrests in this way. They should be named and shunned in their communities, if nothing else.
Wear your chains lightly.
Thank you for verifying that you supporting pointing loaded weapons at tired, frightened children.
The police head of the government hydra thanks you for your support in feeding the beast! Don’t worry, after it devours them, it will come for you, in turn.
The local news didn’t mention that the police raided homes, and that the National Guard and DEA were involved. The local reports simply sounded like the shops themselves were raided.
The fact the military was used makes me very very angry.
It is the path of least resistance.
The feds won’t take on the heavily armed narco gangs in our country, but they will go nuts on a head shop guy.
Better not tear the tag off my mattress.
“The local news didnt mention that the police raided homes, and that the National Guard and DEA were involved. The local reports simply sounded like the shops themselves were raided.
The fact the military was used makes me very very angry.
Naturally not, that would make the government hydra look unsympathetic.
We can’t have it commonly reported that children were threatened with death.
It might cause people to rethink whether the “cure” was worse than the disease.
Apparently the logic is that if a pipe is not available, a drug user will quit.
They know the risk going in when they operate on the fringes. The mindset of people today is even if they break the laws ultimately they will get a slap on the hands at worst....which is generally quite true.
As for their children....well it's apparent were they serious about their welfare they would not be involved with such a "business" in the first place.
Ah, those compassionate Democrat DOJ's.
2. True again.
Kid will have nightmares and PTSD for the rest of his life, presaging a life of substance abuse and fear of authority. Nice work, DOJ.
BTW, what are the chances these head shop owners are Republicans?
That’s kind of simplistic thinking. The more they interdict, the higher they drive up the price of the product that does make it through, which just increases the incentive to find new ways of getting it across the border. Not to mention the steadily increasing domestic crop that doesn’t have to cross the border.
As long as people demand the product, and a profit can be made supplying it, it will get through. That’s just basic economics.
“but not something similar for MJ?”
Originally, cannabis was not banned, but they put a 200/oz tax on it. Which in 1934 or whenever, was most of a year’s pay.
Since it was not banned per se, no need to amend the Constitution. The “tax” issue morphed into a ban.
Of course, the ends justify the means, don’t they? And if one of the weapons “accidentally” discharged, killing one of the children, well, you’d justify that too, wouldn’t you?
The State must be defended! No atrocity is too great when the State is conducting the Business of the Punishment of Criminals, Comrade!
Back in the day, I saw college kids clearing a bong three feet long. Their poor lungs!
The caption at the photo at the article said it was Wendy J. Olson.
Here’s your babe independently confirmed:
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