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Deputies Bust Pot-Growing Operation In Carpinteria

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper | updated logo 2:43 a.m. |

A marijuana-growing operation was uncovered Friday in a Carpinteria home, where Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies arrested four people on drug-related charges.

A warrant was served at the home in the 4800 block of Malibu Drive at approximately 7 a.m., and deputies found nearly 90 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, said Sgt. Mark Williams, a department spokesman.

The arrests were the result of an ongoing marijuana growing investigation, he said.

The house is in close proximity to an elementary school, and contained a sophisticated growing operation in three separate locations on the property, said Williams, who added that a small amount of suspected methamphetamines, packaged and processed marijuana, and evidence of sales of marijuana were found.

Brian Lopez Sr., 52, was arrested on suspicion of possession for sales of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of methamphetamine, Williams said.

Amber Iverson, 27, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamines and being under the influence of a controlled substance, and Patrick Bollinger, 37, was also arrested for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled substance, Williams said.

Irene Hernandez, 49, was also arrested for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamines, he said.

All were booked into County Jail.

Williams said that the investigation is ongoing, and will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for filing of charges.

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» on 12.01.12 @ 12:48 AM

Heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, CRYSTAL METH, etc., all of it, any of it, every type of drug is legal. I know many of you don’t want that to be true but the 9th Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution says it’s true. The 9th Amendment, which is really the most important amendment and should be listed as the 1st Amendment says, “the enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparge others retained by the PEOPLE.”

It means that just because some rights are listed in a Bill of Rights doesn’t mean that those are the only rights that Citizens have. According to “A Documentary History of the United States,” the 9th Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights as a compromise between those that wanted a Bill of Rights in the Consitution (anti-Federalists) and those wiser and more prescient first-generation American Citizens (Federalists) that didn’t want a Bill of Rights. The people of the United States were emerging from rule by a monarchy and the smartest and wisest Americans understood that a Bill of Rights was the sort of thing that a King or Queen granted their subjects. Those righteously more paranoid Americans sought to avoid the possible confusion that the government grants rights by eliminating a Bill of Rights altogether, arguing that a Constitution was a document for constraining government only and that, although powers of government require enumeration, Citizen rights should not be enumerated for fear of future confusion that government grants rights. It’s been a battle between interpreted powers of government versus rights of Citizens ever since.

I’m confident that any honest research done to clarify the government’s position on drugs will reveal to you, as it has to me, a muddled, confusing, irrational mess of politicized interpretations of law. The United States government is a tyranny.

Although manufacture, sale and transport of the alcohol drug was rendered illegal in 1919 using the 18th Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution (repealed in 1933 by the 21st Amendment),  all other recreational drugs except tobacco have been rendered illegal merely with a legislated law called the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 that replaced and consolidated other similar earlier laws. This inconsistency in the method of government regulation of different drugs is puzzling and defies reason. Tyrants thrive in confusion.

But it seems clear. The Ninth Amendent and any honest understanding of its history and purpose indicates that recreational drugs are a retained right. The tool consistenly used as a weapon by our tyrannical government to overstep and abuse its power in oppression of individual Citizen liberties is the Commerce Clause in Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution that enumerates government powers. “Congress shall have the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” A mere clause, a third clause in an eighth section, has trumped an entire Amendment of the Bill of Rights. It’s tragic because the 9th Amendment was added to the Constitution specifically to avoid the sorts of abuse of power now being inflicted on Citizens by an out-of-control government.

The government’s legal power to regulate interstate commerce is the sorry excuse used to regulate drugs. But what about drug use that doesn’t involve interstate commerce? For example, medicinal use of homegrown marijuana. I think you’ll be as surprised as I to learn that the precedent to prosecute medicinal users of homegrown pot is a case (Wickard v. Filburn) involving a farmer during the depression illegally growing too much wheat for his own consumption.

I once emailed Judge Robert Bork and asked him if the 18th Amendment was required because alcohol was a “retained right” and clarity was necessary in relation to the Ninth Amendment and he responded that the 18th Amendment was required to satisfy clarity with relation to the Commerce Clause. When I then asked him why the Controlled Substances Act law prohibiting other drugs didn’t require an Amendment to satisfy clarity with the Commerce Clause, I never got a response. Robert Bork is famous for belittling the Ninth Amendent during his, thankfully unsuccessful, Senate testimony seeking ratification of his nomination to the Supreme Court when he described it as an inkblot on the Constitution. Like other tyrants, he considered it meaningless. (Later I heard him interviewed on television where he gruffly and characteristically stated, “well the first thing we need to do is censor the Internet!”)

All drugs are legal. The Ninth Amendment says they are. Any law regulating them is an illegal law because they are unConstitutional laws because they violate the 9th Amendment. Any police enforcement of such illegal laws is theoretically criminal activity. Those that assert that certain drugs should be legalized are revealing their ignorance of the Constitution that already docments that drugs are already legal.

But I would fully support an Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution that renders manufacture, sale and transport of tobacco products illegal. That is, if the Constitution were still alive. It’s dead and as a Nation, it means we’re dead. It’s long past time for a revolution and the Second Republic of the United States of America.

» on 12.01.12 @ 12:53 PM

Waste of tax dollars..

» on 12.01.12 @ 01:12 PM

Read the above and know why they call it DOPE.

» on 12.01.12 @ 02:20 PM

Well said Mick!!

» on 12.01.12 @ 02:33 PM

The ridiculous “War On Drugs” has failed miserably and everybody, left and right, knows it.  At least legalize pot exclusively at the Federal level for now and work on the rest later.  If pot is legal and reasonably priced/taxed, the demand for hard stuff will dimininsh immediately and violence in Mexico will subside.

Obama could not afford to take the correct stance on marijuana until after winning his well-deserved second term.  It will happen before the 2014 election.

» on 12.01.12 @ 06:15 PM

^5 MICK, and in the spirit of the season, have a hot apple cider on me….*chuckle*

» on 12.01.12 @ 06:19 PM

Again, pot and all other drugs are already legal. It’s the government’s unConstitutional laws that are illegal. When people have been slaves for as long as we have, it’s difficult to think straight. But try anyway.

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