Thursday, June 02, 2016

The Eureka Police Trimmer Sting

Not sure what to make of the sting orchestrated by Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills as reported by the North Coast Journal. At first glance I thought it troubling he'd  be trying to lure people in search of work- no matter what kind- only to arrest them. 

It turns out that's not the case. It seems he learned that many of our homeless came here for work in the marijuana trimming industry only to find it's not so easy and they end up on the streets. Mills' plan was meant to discourage them from coming up here for that in the first place. When someone replied to his Craigslist ad for trimmers, he'd send them a letter identifying himself and warning them of the consequences should they end up in that line of work.

How many he actually discouraged is anyone's guess, but that doesn't seem like a bad plan to me. I do get a bit leery, though, when society is moving one way- toward legalization- and police departments move the other and seem to double down their efforts. This plan, however, seems to almost be one of those things where no harm seems to be done aside from growers having a shortage of workers.


At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a stroke of genius. If wannabe trimmers are coming here and staying as homeless residents, then maybe it helps. If the premise is baloney and trimmers aren't hanging around as homeless residents, the police still look like they're doing something.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Yep. I would say if it works, it might be a good thing.

At 5:41 AM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...

As usual in Eureka, just like a hit song, "a day (err years) late and a dollar (s) short".

Those ingeniously designed trimmers that don't talk are putting out, thus rendering HUGE SAVINGS to growers.

Human huskers are going by way of the cotton gin, and not soon enough.


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