Police have busted a group responsible for 90 percent of acid sold in Western USA

By lulz · Aug 2, 2007 · ·
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  1. Heretic.Ape.
    Glad to hear the threat of hippies hanging around dancing and drumming while high on acid is being addressed by the authorities. I feel much safer.
  2. Nagognog2
    Just to make his retirement perfect - we should send him a copy of "Helter Skelter" signed by "Charlie Manson - You new neighbor."
  3. fnord
    got an address? i keep the dead rats my cat brings me in the freezer for a reason...

    for those that havent before check out the llamas camp at burning man.pay some respect for those soldiers lost to the drug war.


    wonder whats in that jug? :)

  4. violinist3749
    90%? No way. Even if it is, should be fun watching more people coming to take their place.
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  6. fnord
    i could think of better things to do with a missile silo....

    today on CNN: DEA HQ was attacked with several missiles,a group calling it self "snazzy suit coats for weasels" has taken responsibility and promises more missiles will be deployed untill every weasel in the country is outfitted with a snazzy costume...
  7. Felonious Skunk
    You guys have been hoodwinked by a rent-a-cop from a small town who's bored with writing up parking tickets and so is telling some big lies.

    Sandpoint, Idaho
    Pop. 6,000
  8. fnord

    what do you mean?can you show some proof?
  9. Rio Fantastic
    Why are they targeting acid? Most of the large-scale acid production places seem to be getting hit now by the F.B.I. Why are they devoting so much time to it?
  10. xctico
    This will be great business for the European LSD manufacturers.
  11. Felonious Skunk
    Here's the revised version, and the story's changed considerably. Now the arrest is "expected to reduce drug trafficking in Bonner County." And don't you find it strange that a bust purporting to crack a ring supplying 90% of acid on the West Coast is only being reported in the Bonner County Bee?

    This is as small-time as it gets, fellas.

    Investigation ends in arrests
    [FONT=Geneva, Arial, Helvetica][SIZE=-2]Posted: Wednesday, Aug 01, 2007 - 09:17:24 am PDT[/SIZE][/FONT]
    Staff writer

    SANDPOINT -- Dozens of local drug users provided city police with information that led to a Thursday arrest that's expected to reduce drug trafficking in Bonner County.
    Some of these local drug users, who reportedly ranged from 16 to 24 years, have already been arrested.

    Others were confidential informants, Police chief Mark Lockwood said Tuesday.

    Lockwood would not comment when asked about the confidential informants and their fates because the investigation continues.

    "We spent a year (with this investigation)," he said. "There was a lot of linkage that was done there through criminal analysis."

    The investigation involving Sandpoint police going undercover to help federal officials resulted in the arrest two leaders from this major drug trafficking ring known as Llama Tribe. Palmer Hanson, 26, and Allen Lint, 26, both of Yakima, Wash., were arrested in Spokane by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Sandpoint police gained trust of leaders who belong to the Llama Tribe, according to a news release. The group is believed to have supplied up to 90 percent of the acid in the western United States. The group also supplied this area with acid, mushrooms, ecstasy and marijuana.

    Sandpoint narcotics detectives learned local drug users obtained these drugs from area barter fairs and brought the drugs to Sandpoint for resale or personal use.

    A barter fair is a gathering of people who buy and sell things like jewelry, clothing and food on private property. It's also a market for drugs, which are openly sold and consumed.

    These fairs are difficult to bust. Warrants are difficult to obtain because police need to identify who they are after. The property owner generally doesn't deal drugs, but is aware of the activity.

    It's believed enough people from the area were going to these barter fairs not to buy drugs for just personal use, Lockwood said.

    "These fairs are all part of the investigation," he said. "There's probably a lot of folks who've seen them and attended them."

    "This is still an active (drug ring)," Lockwood continued. "We took some people off the top. We don't know where this will lead."

    It's possible Hanson and Lint could be charged by Sandpoint police.

    "We're going to leave that option on the table," Lockwood said. "It's a joint investigation. They're going through the federal system, but that doesn't exclude filing state charges in the future."
  12. lulz
    This article isn't revised, the original article said the same thing. The second article also repeats the claim of supplying 90% of west coast acid. Both articles say that they only supplied other drugs locally.

    Given how much of the stuff a skilled and able chemist can produce, and the small number of large scale suppliers out there, the figure of 90% in the west coast sounds entirely plausible.
  13. Corksil
    familiar trend - HUGE HEADLINE (catch readers and upper echelon news organizations, key people who might bring it up, raise publicity level) ...then a quiet revised follow up in the corner where no one will see it. Quite easy to 'make progress in the drug war' with that strategy...
  14. hoodabudda
    because an ammount that could fit in your average dime bag could get 100,000+ people very high for 8 hours or so.
  15. KBLSD
    acid is not gone u just need to know where to look
  16. Felonious Skunk

    Wasn't trying to imply the story isn't newsworthy, but as mystereo said, this small town paper was playing games with the headlines and also by quoting that imbecile cop in the first story. Wonder why they edited him out of the second story? Probably got a little heat from his superiors for concocting bogus soundbites that may have disappointed some VIP's when they found out the truth.
  17. grandbaby
    This is why there's a discrepancy in perception: the headline was "Drug ring responsible for 90% BUSTED!!!" ... the actual story is "Two guys involved with group responsible for 90% arrested."

    The small-time cop quoted in the first article was patently an assclown trying to make himself look big. FS is entirely right: this is not unimportant (free the Yakima Two!), but is unlikely to cause any change in the availability of LSD ... even in Bonner County.
  18. wednesday
    "It's a very complex drug manufacturing operation. It's not a meth lab where you can get a recipe from the Internet."

    they can't find recipes on the internet for acid?
    this is kind of sad though
    i wish it wasn't so
  19. chemlove
    I think that its safe to say the feds don't want you to have acid, i think its safe to say that all law enforcement don't want you to have acid this shouldn't come as a surprise because its been that way since the middle sixties. I think the feds honestly want to bust the people doing acid more then the people using heroin and cocaine. I hate to say it, but the fact you can make it (synth) makes the gov that much more paranoid about lsd.
  20. Felonious Skunk
    ^^^^ Actually, I don't think they are targeting acid. It provides very little return for a lot of investigatory effort. LSD "trafficking" often consists of wiring money into a bank account and then waiting for a business envelope containing a gram of powder to show up the next day.

    How do they stop that? The answer is, they don't.

    So every once in a while by sheer luck a couple of small-time, acid-peddling burnouts fall into their hands, and rather than waste the opportunity they use the media to tell the lies that make their LSD-interdiction schemes appear effective.

    Later, the narco-cowboys show headline #1 to their masters at budget-request time to make the impression required to be granted more money so that the game of psychedelic cowboys & indians can continue.
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