BURNS, OR — Prohibition enforcement agents, while “eradicating marijuana” by searching for plants growing in the middle of the wilderness, crashed a federally subsidized aircraft into the Malheur National Forest.
On Monday, August 12, the Harney County Sheriff’s Department was hunting for plants that the government has determined are not allowed to grow from the soil. They allege that in doing so they are battling alleged Mexican cartels in Oregon.
This mission was part of a “marijuana eradication program”; subsidized and orchestrated by the federal government. In fact, it was the first day of the operation.
While flying 400-ft over the forest, the drug warriors suffered from an engine failure that caused their aircraft to make a hard landing onto a service road.
The agents walked away, but the aircraft was a total loss. The rear rotor, landing gear, and main rotors were all catastrophically damaged.
Curious as to how many tax dollars were lost in the wreck, I researched the aircraft. The helicopter, identified with the number N62PJ, was a 1997 McDonnell Douglas Model 369E leased by the U.S. Department of Justice from PJ Helicopters of Red Bluff, CA.
A quick search of helicopter sale listings would indicate that an aircraft of this type would easily be sold for half a million dollars or more. A total loss for zero potential gain.
Undeterred by perpetual squandering of tax-payer dollars, Sgt. Brian Needham says his department intends to resume battling the plant in a few weeks if another helicopter can be arranged, according to the AP.
This took place in a state where medical marijuana is legal, and adjacent to Washington, a state where marijuana is legal for personal use. And to what end? A plant with such high public demand will never be eradicated. A free society wouldn’t even consider banning a plant.
If you would like to tell the Harney County Sheriff’s Department to call for a cease-fire in the failed and unconstitutional Drug War, please contact them using the resources below.
David R. Glerup, Sheriff
Brian Needham, Sergeant
Drug Enforcement Task Force