Polk County sheriff’s deputies helped nab 85 fugitives in June as part of a partnership between local law enforcement and federal authorities. The arrests included nine sex offenders and travel to Central America to grab two accused drug dealers. Among the arrests: • Travis McDaniels, a convicted sex offender formerly…

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BAKER CITY — Authorities arrested two men accused of running a large outdoor marijuana grow operation on rugged terrain near the Snake River. State police Sgt. Ty Duby said today that the Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team discovered about 3,500 marijuana plants. Detectives estimate that if the plants had been…

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The Ventura City Council indicated this week that it’s willing to take a serious look at allowing medical marijuana collectives to operate legally in the city. Medical marijuana patients hailed the decision, but top city and police officials cautioned that pot clubs could pose enforcement and regulatory challenges and bring…

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Authorities have seized $1 billion worth of marijuana plants and have arrested 82 Mexican nationals with ties to drug cartels in the first week and half of an effort to eradicate marijuana fields from California’s Fresno County, the county sheriff’s office said Wednesday. Operation Save Our Sierra began July 13…

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Although fiscal year 2009 was grim for states, observers predict that 2010 will be even worse. “The numbers that states are looking at in terms of their shortfalls is truly staggering. And all of this is happening in an environment where raising taxes is still pretty toxic, and it’s pretty…

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WALPOLE —Since marijuana was decriminalized in Massachusetts, Walpole has been lucky in enforcing the new law, according to Police Chief Richard Stillman, but problems could still arise down the road. Effective Jan. 1, those caught with less than an ounce of marijuana are no longer subject to criminal sanctions, but…

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