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Brucker-Monkey Pot Raid
A ton of pot hauled out of Salmon River
By Daniel Webster, Pioneer Press Publisher October 25, 2006
CECILVILLE - Petey Brucker's neighborhood watch with its phone tree to keep track of the drug dealers seems to be working along the Salmon River.
His daughter, Allegra Ursa Bell Brucker, 25, was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and being armed with a firearm while committing a felony.
Her partner Michael "Monkey" James O'Hare has a warrant out for his arrest stemming from the same bust, according to Christine Winte of the Siskiyou County District Attorney's office. As of press-time, he was still a wanted man.
Also arrested where Cole Michael Novotny, 24, and Steven Paul Kamp, 20.
Brucker, Novotny and Kamp were all booked into Siskiyou County Jail. Brucker was bailed out with $50,000.
The pot was allegedly being grown under the auspices of three medical marijuana 215 prescriptions. The thousands of pounds of marijuana, however, may have exceeded their limit for the permits, authorities believe.
U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott called the medical marijuana situation in California a system that is broken.
"We've got to change the way we do this," Scott said on Friday while in Yreka, meeting with Sheriff Rick Riggins and District Attorney Kirk Andrus.
A medical marijuana permit is a snap to get, according to Scott, and the Prop 215 system, which he acknowledges was passed by the will of the people is full of holes and riddles with problems.
His office of the United States Department of Justice is focusing on the "for profit" cannabis clubs, that are "hiding behind 215, when all they are doing is selling dope."
On October 13 sheriff deputies and officers from the Siskiyou County-wide Interagency Narcotics Task Force served search warrants on thee locations in Cecilville, along the Salmon River.
A white travel trailer at 29438 Cecilville Road was searched. The property is owned by Jonathan Nichol of Bandon, Ore. Attempts to reach Nichol to determine if he was aware of the situation or if he was renting to those arrested were unsuccessful.
Next to the travel trailer was a greenhouse allegedly filled with 19 mature plants and the agents found 14 pounds of processed marijuana in the residences on the property, according to the sheriff's department.
Two loaded rifles, including an assault rifle and a loaded handgun were confiscated as well.
At a second residence, 20 mature plants and 75.8 pounds of processed marijuana were allegedly hauled off by authorities.
A search warrant was served on a third residence, owned by Allegra Brucker and Dianne O'Hare at 30313 Cecileville Road, according to Susan Gravemkamp, of the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department. 15 pounds of processed marijuana was found at this residence.
More than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, between the mature plants and the processed pot, were hauled off.
Sheriff Rick Riggins had to go purchase two new 40 foot storage facilities to house all of the pot, he told the Pioneer Press.
Trimming parties have been reportedly taking place throughout the Salmon River community lately as folks get together to process the massive amount of weed grown in the region. One resident pointed to the North Fork of the Salmon River , where law enforcement needs to bust the biggest names in the pot industry.
The Salmon River was not the only place where law enforcement came down hard on the alleged abuse of Prop 215 medical marijuana permits.
Jennifer Elaine Messenbrink, 40, and Jonathan Day Glazer, 65, both of Horse Creek, were arrested for cultivation of marijuana.
Messenbrick was also booked for assaulting an FBI agent, after she became "agitated."
Authorities confiscated 24 marijuana plants, allegedly far more than their medical marijuana permits authorized.
A medical marijuana check in Mount Shasta last month resulted in Kenneth Karl Knight, 45, Tara Lee Knight, 21 and Kip Edward Knight, 43, being arrested for cultivation of marijuana when 37 marijuana plants were found at their residence.
Last week, a compliance check of John Gregory Feigley in Weed, landed the 57 year old in the slammer, after 29 plants were found at his residence, as well as less than a half a pound of processed marijuana.
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