Sheriff Wants Station's Pot Bust Warnings To Stop
June 10, 2010 at 4:21 AM (PT)
NPR is reporting that MENDOCINO COUNTY law authorities are appealing to noncommercial KMUD/GARBERVILLE, CA to stop its reports that warn pot growers of police movements so they can avoid getting busted.
KMUD PD MARIANNE KNORZER told NPR that the reports are part of the station's "commitment to progressive politics, government accountability and public safety" and said, "We're not broadcasting their whole operations. We're just giving the public an awareness that there are 10 trucks heading down a very narrow road with one-lane portions of it, with tight turns. Again, our reports are quite benign."
MENDOCINO COUNTY Sheriff TOM ALLMAN said that he is concerned that the reports tip off the operators of huge growing operations in the county and could lead to violence directed at law enforcement. "I hope they're not going to say, 'This is my land, don't come here,'" said ALLMAN, a frequent KMUD guest, of the growers. "But what if that did happen, you know? And what if somebody did get hurt? Either that citizen or a law enforcement officer. Well, who would have blood on their hands?.... (I)f we lost a local, state or federal law enforcement officer, when it was determined that a local radio station had broadcast they were coming up the driveway, I believe we're setting ourselves up for something bad."