ECSO reacts to opponents after mass arrest for trafficking in marijuana: NorthEscambia.com
After the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office derailed its biggest marijuana grow and distribution operation, they are now responding to naysayers on social media.
As part of the operation (read more), local and federal investigators seized:
- 2,156 pounds of “the highest quality” marijuana
- 24 pounds of spices
- 18 lbs of THC
- 32 firearms
- 12 vehicles (including two stolen)
- $ 820,000 in cash
- $ 150,000 in gold bars
- $ 750,000 in jewelry
- a tractor
- a ski boat
On the ECSO Facebook, as well as the social media sites of NorthEscambia.com and other local media, many commenters had a generally negative opinion. Many have accused ECSO of wasting time and resources on a marijuana arrest.
ECSO issued the following statement in response on Friday afternoon:
“The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has investigated and continues to investigate violent crimes directly related to the trafficking of marijuana.
“So if someone tells you that ‘it’s just marijuana’ let them know that trafficking in marijuana is no different from trafficking in any other drug when it comes to the potential for violent crime. . Trafficking means money, and the money associated with illegal trafficking inevitably leads to violence. We are not talking about personal or prescription use, we are talking about the large sums of money passing through the hands and the violence associated with it. Marijuana at these levels is illegal everywhere.
“If you excuse the marijuana smuggling, think of the recent victims who are fathers, sons, uncles and neighbors, all of whom were shot and killed as a result of the marijuana smuggling right here in Escambia County. “