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Former Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin was sentenced to two life prison terms today.

​Calling a disgraced Illinois sheriff “the worst of humanity,” a federal judge on Wednesday sentenced him to life in prison for trafficking marijuana on the job and a foiled plot to have a potential witness killed.

Former Sheriff Raymond Martin should be harshly punished, U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert said, calling the longtime sheriff of southern Illinois’ Gallatin County “nothing but a common thief and thug who disregarded the very laws that you swore to uphold, defend, protect and honor, reports Jim Suhr of The Associated Press.
“You could have likely been sheriff until you decided to retire,” the judge scolded Martin, who was kicked out of office within days of his conviction last September of all 15 felony counts with which he was charged. “But no, you couldn’t stand prosperity, and your arrogance, greed and power got the best of you.”


​I’m not lovin’ it. Staff at a Crestview, Florida McDonalds called police on December 14 after the drive-through window attendant noticed a customer was “rolling a blunt” at the window, according to the arrest report.

The customer, a 21-year-old Pensacola woman, showed police the notebook on which she rolled the blunt, according to the Crestview Police Department, reports Wendy Victora at the Northwest Florida Daily News.
Officers found marijuana residue on the notebook, and when the suspect got out of her car, they saw more cannabis on the seat and center console, according to the arrest report.

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​A six-foot marijuana plant decorated as a Christmas tree was confiscated from the home of “an old hippie,” who is now facing a drug possession charge, German police said Wednesday.

In a press release entitled “All you need is love, or how a hippie celebrates Christmas,” police in the western city of Koblenz said they found the big cannabis plant in the living room of the suspect, reports AFP.
“A hippie celebrates Christmas too, just differently,” read the release. “The two-meter-tall marijuana plant had been put in a Christmas tree stand and decorated with a string of lights.” 
“When asked, the hashish fan told the perplexed officers that he had intended to add more decorations to the ‘tree’ and place the presents under it, according to tradition.”
Narcotics detectives stumbled on the unconventional Christmas tree while searching the home of an “old 68er,” a reference to the groups of young students and workers who participated in political protests which swept across Germany in 1968, reports The Local.

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​A 21-year-old southeast Missouri man on Sunday was arrested twice in the same day for possessing marijuana.

The man was first arrested five minutes after midnight Sunday at the Community Center in Caruthersville, Mo., reports The Kansas City Star. Police said they found “several baggies” of cannabis along with several hundred dollars after they conducted a pat-down for weapons.
He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and was released pending the filing of formal charges.

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​Some Victims Were Tied Up, Pistol Whipped; All Were Robbed of Marijuana

Police in Bremerton and Kitsap County, Washington have arrested three men who they believe broke into and robbed at least a dozen homes of marijuana users in recent months.

People at some of the victimized homes were legal medicinal cannabis users, while others were illegal users, according to Bremerton police, reports Josh Farley of the Kitsap Sun.

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​Dude, maybe you should wait until it’s legal. A Pennsylvania man is facing possible charges after he called 911 to complain about some “bad marijuana” he had just bought, which turned out not to be pot at all.

Police did not identify the 21-year-old Uniontown man, who called a Fayette County emergency dispatcher Wednesday and said he had bought some questionable cannabis, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
He asked police to check the pot out for him, according to authorities.
After responding to the man’s Millview Street residence, cops noticed, you guessed it, a “leafy green substance” on the couch. The man whined to the officers that he had bought the stuff earlier that day, and when he smoked it, “It was nasty.”
Detective Donald Gmitter said a field test determined the substance was not marijuana, but did not reveal anything else — as in, what the hell it was. Preliminary results showed it was not a controlled substance, according to the police report.

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​A Ukiah, California woman who was allegedly paying her teenage son to harvest marijuana instead of attending school was busted Tuesday, according to police.

Dena Price, 46, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana and possessing it for sale, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing marijuana to a minor and child endangerment, reports Glenda Anderson at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Price was also cited for violating Ukiah’s city ordinance against outdoor marijuana growing, according to the Ukiah Police Department.

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The entire state of Chiahuahua, where Ciudad Juarez is located, is out of control. Juarez itself is a virtual ghost town with no tourism, almost completely under the control of violent drug cartels.

​A Mexican newspaper in the midst of the country’s Drug War has asked cartels for guidance on whether, and how, it should publish stories on the conflict.

El Diario de Juarez has become known for its excellent reporting from the blood-soaked streets of border town Ciudad Juarez, a haven for the violent drug-smuggling cartels, reports the BBC.
But the murder of their 21-year-old photographer last week prompted the newspaper to run a front-page editorial asking: “What do you want from us?”

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Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin is transported to the Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro, Ill. Martin, already accused of dealing marijuana while on duty, also faces federal charges that he tried to have witnesses killed while he was jailed awaiting trial.

​A southern Illinois sheriff accused of selling marijuana on the job has lost in his bid to prevent federal jurors from hearing jailhouse statements he made that led to charges of plotting with his wife and son to have two potential witnesses killed.

Raymond Martin’s quest to have interviews with two investigators last January ruled inadmissible as evidence during his trial was rejected by U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert on Friday.
The sheriff’s trial is scheduled to start Monday, September 6, in Benton, Ill., reports Jim Suhr at
Federal agents arrested Martin last year on charges he trafficked marijuana while serving as sheriff of Gallatin County, Ill. He allegedly supplied a pot dealer and threatened to kill the man when he said he wanted out.
At least twice, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration agent’s affidavit, Martin pulled his service revolver to press the point that it would be “that easy” to make the dealer “disappear.”
While Martin was jailed on those marijuana charges, authorities claim he masterminded a scheme between September and December 2009 to have witnesses assaulted and possibly killed. None of the witnesses were actually harmed.

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​Going against its own policy, a police department in California has returned several containers of marijuana to a 21-year-old man who said he was falsely accused of possession, transportation and sales.

The man, who lives in Mountain Ranch, California, asked that his full name not be used, opting to be referred to only as “Frank,” reports Joel Metzger of the Calaveras Enterprise. He was pulled over by Officer Jim McKeon of the Angels Camp Police Department on Nov. 22 in a parking lot for expired registration on his vehicle, according to the police report.
Officer Chris Johnson arrived on the scene, said he smelled the odor of raw marijuana, and claimed he saw some marijuana in plain sight in the car, according to Angels Camp Police Chief Dale Mendenhall.