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Title: DEA wannabes' excellent adventure
Post by: CrunchyFrog on February 19, 2012, 06:18 am
I thought some might "enjoy" this tale of three Junior G-men getting their para-military on in search of the demon weed.  Although presented in first person as true, one has to wonder -- as did one letter-to-the-editor writer -- if this is simply DEA propaganda.  If real, I think the author should count himself lucky not to suffer a 230-grain headache sometime soon.

(Links to the full article, photographs, and subsequent letters to the editor below the quote.)
Quote from: The San Diego Reader
Hikers find 16,000 marijuana plants

By Chuck Harper
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

"This is Steve Reed with the DEA," said the man on the phone.

“You called the DEA several months ago about a possible irrigation line you found in Cuyamaca State Park,” he continued. “I have a Post-it note on my bulletin board with your phone number.”

“Ah, yeah, I did call that in,” I hesitantly confirmed.

“What do you think it is?” pressed Agent Reed.

“Well, it was an irrigation tube about one inch in diameter, buried in the pine straw and way off the main trail.”

I thought about the spring day my two hiking buddies and I were off-trail, crashing through dense thickets of tangled brush. It was growing dark, and the three of us had gotten separated. I stopped to rest and happened to look down and I saw a plastic pipe. I wondered why an irrigation tube would be way out there.

To the agent I said, “I followed the black pipe for about 20 feet before it disappeared into a thicket. At first I thought the park rangers were watering trees or something, but I wised up when I saw how well hidden it was. I hooked up with my buddies, and we returned to check out the hose before we headed back out to the main trail.”

“Can you tell me how to get there?” Agent Reed asked. “We recently had a bust at Cuyamaca, and I’m trying to find out if it’s the same location.”

I’d read about that bust in the Union-Tribune, one of the top five drug busts in San Diego County, a marijuana field with a street value of $300 million.

“No, it was too remote, real thick brush,” I said, “and it was getting dark when we left. But I think I could find it again.”

“That would be great.”

“When do you want me to look for it?”


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Title: Re: DEA wannabes' excellent adventure
Post by: TheNewDude on February 19, 2012, 06:49 am
You're right...

They're very lucky to be alive.

16,000 plants would be worth protecting.
Title: Re: DEA wannabes' excellent adventure
Post by: pine on February 19, 2012, 03:28 pm
I must nip off down to the shops and buy some landmines, lol!  8)
Title: Re: DEA wannabes' excellent adventure
Post by: MagicMan on February 19, 2012, 05:17 pm
This must have given the DEA a major PR erection
Title: Re: DEA wannabes' excellent adventure
Post by: orbitalics on February 22, 2012, 07:22 pm
Jesus, I would have been protecting that with guns.
Title: Re: DEA wannabes' excellent adventure
Post by: bananatinpots on March 01, 2012, 08:22 am
It wasn't written by the hikers.

I can't be sure but it just doesn't feel like some hiker wrote this, seems more like a professional writer's work, some one who knows more about drugs than your average non-consuming citizen ("The THC resin got on everything")

It's possible that the story has been expanded upon by a journalist but I'd be surprised if it's not a story that was written, paid for and planted by the DEA.  Just the last bit about never hearing about a reward from the DEA, well that might incline you to believe it's true, however then carrying on with their super hero work in another park for no pay and with high risk, it just sounds like a lot of bull and shark.