Man arrested by DEA released on secured bond

Tom Carter was released Wednesday on a $200,000 secured bond of property in Upper Lake after he appeared in U.S. District Court for a detention hearing. Full Story
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Cobb_Militia

Clearlake, CA

#1 Sep 9, 2010
Rivero supporter......
Old fart

Oakland, CA

#3 Sep 10, 2010
Freed in San Francisco..What a surprise..Wasn't Frank Jose from there??
Thought

Clearlake, CA

#4 Sep 10, 2010
To listen to his supporters he is now a martyr. They also act like charges were dropped which is not the case.
huh

Ukiah, CA

#5 Sep 10, 2010
Alll aboard the train for change.
Reality

San Rafael, CA

#6 Sep 10, 2010
Tom Carter Released

A federal judge cleared defendant Tom Carter for release from Federal custody, saying that the prosecutors provided "nothing based on fact." The leases for the raided gardens were presented to the judge, who disavowed Carter of any connection.

The Drug Enforcement Agency made a case for keeping Tom in jail based on the testimonies of two individuals for whom they would not release the names of nor bring in front of the judge as requested.. Earlier this afternoon, Information coming from the hearing suggests that a Lake County Parole officer may have conspired with the DEA in using the 2 informants. the judge was informed that both witnesses were felon's and that nothing the witnesses said should be regarded as truth. The judge accepted the information. Another assertion made by DEA agent Brendan Burkhart was that Carter is "rich" from drug money, that he has a $140,000 BMW sedan and a brand new speedboat (The car that the agent referred to is worth $5000 and has 100,000 miles on it and the boat is many years old). Burkhart also told the judge that Carter's lawyer should be taken from him. The judge refused that request when the documentation was presented showing Burkhart to be lying.

DEA agent Turquet(sp) indicated to the magistrate judge that he was going to appeal the decision immediately to another judge, and stop Carters release, the Magistrate invited the DEA agent to do so. Knowing the agent could not appeal his decision, it appears the agent was not aware of these court guidelines. To say the least it was a battle royal in Federal Court, and the DEA was unable to keep Carter.

The judge said "I am compelled to release Mr. Carter. I hear nothing based on fact or anything that I could rely on to keep him in jail." The judge appeared to be weary of the DEA's presentation starting early at the start of the days proceedings. There was a sense of frustration coming from the judge and as the day went on he became more and more uneasy concerning the presentation of the DEA agents.

With the original case against Mr. Carter going poorly for the DEA it has been suggested that they were attempting to shore up their failing prosecution, in federal circles it is being desscribed as a house of cards with very little merit.
Donna Christopher

Hidden Valley Lake, CA

#7 Sep 10, 2010
There were no new charges. Check yesterday's other source of accurate news on the local level. The original charges stand - and won't we all sleep better at night knowing the feds are acting on 8 year old allegations regarding a weed (being legally grown under state law)- but the tweekers around here walk free (or take someone's electric scooter) with impunity.

The DEA agent that said there was no misappropriation of funds for Copter Dave's Excellent Adventure (at taxpayers expense - waste some more money Rodney!- we KNOW you can do it) got his co-ordinating of property lines wrong. They busted Carter for pot on someone elses property - this was so bogus the Magistrate cut him loose.

Is he a martyr - hardly. Tom is to martyrdom as Rod is to fiscal conservatism.
Philip Murphy

San Ramon, CA

#8 Sep 10, 2010
this bit of ultra-sleazy "law enforcement" undoubtedly has the fingerprints of our thug in chief Rod Mitchell all over it, as this was sloppy even by the very low standards set by the reject squad AKA the DEA.

Anyone who supports Rivero publicly has a target on their backs until the little thug is outta here, you probably couldn't take a lap around the lake with a Rivero bumper sticker on your car without being pulled over and getting a cavity search, but a mitchell bumper sticker is like a free pass.
down right dirty

Belmont, CA

#9 Sep 10, 2010
Thats the same bond as of 2009 didn't change anything yet the B makes it sound as if it's something new it isn't.

The sf judge released carter because he smelled a rat here and said it, now it's finding that rat and finding out why he made up all these lies on Carter. Who put the the liars up to this? Was it political?
Donna Christopher

Hidden Valley Lake, CA

#10 Sep 10, 2010
Well - they'll be earning their keep Phil - seen a ton of Rivero stickers. Are there any Rod bumper stickers? Haven't seen one yet!

Don't think their latest stupid human trick worked the way they expected it to.
fog

AOL

#11 Sep 10, 2010
Reality wrote:
Tom Carter Released
A federal judge cleared defendant Tom Carter for release from Federal custody, saying that the prosecutors provided "nothing based on fact." The leases for the raided gardens were presented to the judge, who disavowed Carter of any connection.
The Drug Enforcement Agency made a case for keeping Tom in jail based on the testimonies of two individuals for whom they would not release the names of nor bring in front of the judge as requested.. Earlier this afternoon, Information coming from the hearing suggests that a Lake County Parole officer may have conspired with the DEA in using the 2 informants. the judge was informed that both witnesses were felon's and that nothing the witnesses said should be regarded as truth. The judge accepted the information. Another assertion made by DEA agent Brendan Burkhart was that Carter is "rich" from drug money, that he has a $140,000 BMW sedan and a brand new speedboat (The car that the agent referred to is worth $5000 and has 100,000 miles on it and the boat is many years old). Burkhart also told the judge that Carter's lawyer should be taken from him. The judge refused that request when the documentation was presented showing Burkhart to be lying.
DEA agent Turquet(sp) indicated to the magistrate judge that he was going to appeal the decision immediately to another judge, and stop Carters release, the Magistrate invited the DEA agent to do so. Knowing the agent could not appeal his decision, it appears the agent was not aware of these court guidelines. To say the least it was a battle royal in Federal Court, and the DEA was unable to keep Carter.
The judge said "I am compelled to release Mr. Carter. I hear nothing based on fact or anything that I could rely on to keep him in jail." The judge appeared to be weary of the DEA's presentation starting early at the start of the days proceedings. There was a sense of frustration coming from the judge and as the day went on he became more and more uneasy concerning the presentation of the DEA agents.
With the original case against Mr. Carter going poorly for the DEA it has been suggested that they were attempting to shore up their failing prosecution, in federal circles it is being desscribed as a house of cards with very little merit.
I noticed you didn't mention these "felon witness'" were Tom's ex employee's. They were "Also growers" so IMHO birds of a feather. Each of you who consider Tom a martyr for your cause are of the same feather.
And do I mention all support Rivero and Anderson
Philip Murphy

San Ramon, CA

#12 Sep 10, 2010
fog wrote:
<quoted text>
I noticed you didn't mention these "felon witness'" were Tom's ex employee's. They were "Also growers" so IMHO birds of a feather. Each of you who consider Tom a martyr for your cause are of the same feather.
And do I mention all support Rivero and Anderson
it's the cops who have made carter into a martyr, that's what happens when you abuse your power to screw someone over for your own selfish gain.
Donna Christopher

Hidden Valley Lake, CA

#13 Sep 10, 2010
fog - you are the only one elevating him to the status of martyr. Well, you and Rodney. Uh, heckuva job?
private

Millbrae, CA

#14 Sep 10, 2010
kill a taxi driver in cold blood you get 8 years in prison. Grow the wrong plant, Double life sentence. And some of you want to keep the status qou. If they can lie to get Carter why wouldn't they lie to get Jack?
samiam

Clearlake, CA

#15 Sep 10, 2010
I'm confused. Are you all saying that he was not growing thousands of pounds of pot and selling it for thousands of dollars per pound profit? Because if that is true I'm not seeing how he could have been doing that legally. And if he was doing that legally then there is something that needs to be changed because I voted for some sick patients to be able to use marijuana for medicinal reasons. I don't remember anything in that prop. allowing private citizens to grow thousands of pounds of pot, sell it, and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits.
down right dirty

Belmont, CA

#16 Sep 10, 2010
The B is now censoring..try and make a comment on Markhams letter endorsing Mitchell. B isn't allowing it. B should be reported.
fog

AOL

#17 Sep 10, 2010
samiam wrote:
I'm confused. Are you all saying that he was not growing thousands of pounds of pot and selling it for thousands of dollars per pound profit? Because if that is true I'm not seeing how he could have been doing that legally. And if he was doing that legally then there is something that needs to be changed because I voted for some sick patients to be able to use marijuana for medicinal reasons. I don't remember anything in that prop. allowing private citizens to grow thousands of pounds of pot, sell it, and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits.
BINGO
fog

AOL

#18 Sep 10, 2010
private wrote:
kill a taxi driver in cold blood you get 8 years in prison. Grow the wrong plant, Double life sentence. And some of you want to keep the status qou. If they can lie to get Carter why wouldn't they lie to get Jack?
I couldn't agree more, the Indians have a different set of rules governing their tribe. They protect their own, don't testify against their own, but our LE must respond for their protection.
Rivero's people right? Aren't the Rivero signs all over the Reservation? Didn't Rivero get on TV and challenge Mitchell to pander to the Indian's? Maybe my TV is broken and the information was skewed.
Philip Murphy

San Ramon, CA

#19 Sep 10, 2010
samiam wrote:
I'm confused. Are you all saying that he was not growing thousands of pounds of pot and selling it for thousands of dollars per pound profit? Because if that is true I'm not seeing how he could have been doing that legally. And if he was doing that legally then there is something that needs to be changed because I voted for some sick patients to be able to use marijuana for medicinal reasons. I don't remember anything in that prop. allowing private citizens to grow thousands of pounds of pot, sell it, and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits.
if the pot isn't able to be tracked to a legit retail outlet then he is in trouble, but that's not the case here, EVERYTHING about this case reeks of set-up, and we all know who's behind it and what the motive is.
Donna Christopher

Hidden Valley Lake, CA

#20 Sep 10, 2010
Got any proof sam? It's okay if you don't - Rodney didn't have any of it the other day either. He's just got connections with the DEA and together they conspired to misuse tax dollars. Just another day in paradise! Can't help but wonder just what has been Rod's cumulative impact on our economy. Gotta be getting up there, Dinius, Dinius redux, this mess,'allegedly' bringing back your ex-buddies to the payroll in exchange for their 'support'- on and on ad nauseum.
Get real

Clearlake, CA

#21 Sep 10, 2010
"The United States Attorney's Office filed a separate complaint against Carter of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance from the charges filed last year, according to the U.S. District Court in San Francisco."

is president Obama in on this conspiracy as well?

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