THE BLACK LONE RANGER AND ILLEGAL WEED OPERATIONS
HOW TO FINANCE THE POLICING OF ILLEGAL WEED
This idea comes with the caveat, that marijuana cultivation, distribution and sales laws are fair and just. For example, if the State employs regulations that shut out the average citizen and small business from participating in the medical marijuana industry, in favor of big corporations, that generally swallow up all time important markets whole, antitrust laws be damned.
But, if the State does enact fair rules and regulations in regard to the recreational and medical marijuana industry, then, we propose an age old- all American - solution for enforcement.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, the greatest Bounty of All Time - By a Wide Margin - is present henceforth.
The Real Lone Ranger - Ass Kicker Royale
"Me tomas por tonto - Do you think I'm nuts?"
Trust Hollywood to get is wrong. They couldn't have gotten it wronger or tontoner (grammatical pun intended). Tonto, the lone Ranger's wise sidekick, his name in spanish means retard. Tonto in Spanish, translates as; dumb, stupid, silly, a tontas y a locas = without thinking, haphazard in the brain.
LONE RANGER EXPLAINED
Then there is the real deal, Mr. Bass Reeves, the real Hardcore Lone Ranger. He was a black man. Shock. He spoke several "Indian" languages. Contrary to the stereotype cliche perception, Mr. Bass aka The Lone Ranger, was hired by white men to arrest or kill mostly white men in the heart of the Wild West no less. He would hunt down and arrest his own son for murder. He arrested more than THREE THOUSAND CONVICTS on record, and won every gunfight, with fourteen dead.
"No, history isn't anything like you though, once you dig deep and look at it."
Bass Reeves (1838 - 1910) was the first black deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi River. He worked about Arkansas and the Oklahoma Territory. During his 32 year tenure, he is on record for arresting more than 3,000 felons. He gunned down 14 outlaws in self-defense. Basically, if Bass was on your tail, you ass was grass.
"Reeves brought in some of the most dangerous criminals of the time, but he was never wounded, despite having his hat and belt shot off on different occasions."
Hollywood's White Lone Ranger
HOW THE GOVERNMENT HIRED THE LONE RANGER
Isaac Parker, the federal judge for the Indian Territories appointed James F. Fagan as U.S. marshal, who hired 200 deputy U.S. marshals to route out scoundrels, idiots and renegade assholes that infested much of the hinterland. Fagan learned of locally famous Reeves, who knew the Indian Territory like the back of his hand and spoke several Indian languages.
BUST - TEST WEED - THEN SELL TO LICENSED PRODUCERS
A simple way and means to self finance the policing of illegal marijuana operations is hidden in plain sight. Back in the day, bounty hunters were part of the law enforcement system, and they were paid for what the caught. With marijuana, the same thing could apply, except that the bounty hunters would be hunting for illegal grow operations.
When there is a bust, the marijuana, hash, oil or other contraband confiscated would then be lab tested and auctioned off to local dispensaries. The bounty hunter could be given, say the first $10,000 of the proceeds and a percentage of the take, perhaps 10% or so. This means that out of a $100,000 bust, about $20,000 goes to the bounty hunter and $80,000 goes into the kitty, to pay for court, prosecution and other related costs. Surpluses could go into the police pension, drug abuse, homeless people or what have you funds.
The system to do this kind of thing is in place and was a fundamental way the law was enforced in the Wild West. The bounty hunter catches the crook, and then he get's paid. But in this case, the bounty is paid from weed sales. The best genius ideas are dead simple, huh?
Depending on the nature of the cannabis contraband, it can be tested and sold as is, or reprocessed, in the case of oils and extracts, where impurities are removed and the final product meets required industry standards. With lab testing the final quality of the confiscated weed and derivatives can be verified.
In 1873, the Supreme Court ruled that bounty hunters are part of the U.S. law enforcement system.
"When the bail is granted, the principal is regarded as delivered to the custody of his sureties. Their domain is a continuance of the original imprisonment. Whenever they choose to do so, they may seize him and deliver him up to his discharge; and if it cannot be done at once, they may imprison him until it can be done."
They may exercise their rights in person or by agent. They may pursue him into another state; may arrest him on the Sabbath; and if necessary, may break and enter his house for that purpose. The seizure is not made by virtue of due process. None is needed. It is likened to the arrest by the sheriff of an escaped prisoner."
Today, bounty hunters are known as bail enforcement agents or bail bondsman, whose primary job is to catch and arrest those who have skipped bail. The term "bounty hunting" is not often used today, in preference to the more professional monikers previously listed.
Bounty hunters are sometimes misleadingly called skip tracers, where skip tracing is searching for an individual through less direct methods than active pursuit and apprehension. When exercising arrest warrants, bounty hunters are permitted to suit up, with body armor, projectiles, pepper spray, firearms and wear a badge - BAIL ENFORCEMENT, so there is no way for the bail-jumper to question who is who.
The National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents is the professional association representing this industry and marijuana bounty rules and regulations could easily be worked into its policies. The weed bounty hunter's job here is self defined, in that he would choose his territory and surveil, somewhat in the manner of a skip tracer.
"Skip Tracing is performed by collecting as much information as possible about the subject. The information is then analyzed, reduced, and verified. Sometimes the subject's current whereabouts are in the data, but are obfuscated by the sheer amount of information or disinformation. Often, the job becomes more than mere research since one must often employ methods of social engineering, which involves calling or visiting former neighbors, or other known contacts to ask about the subject, sometimes under false or misleading pretenses."
Bounty hunters are employed by bail bondsmen: the bounty hunter is usually paid about 10% of the total bail amount, commission varies on a case-by-case basis and depends on the difficulty level of the assignment and the approach used to exonerate the bail bond. If the fugitive eludes bail, the bondsman, not a subcontracted bounty hunter, is responsible for 100% of the total bail amount. This ensures that clients arrive at trial intact. Bounty hunters catch about 35,000 bail jumpers per year, with a 90% success rate.
"In essence, hiring bounty hunters would allow self financed, a free enterprise initiative, to clean up the illegal marijuana grow operations, at minimal cost. In fact, the program might be quite profitable. Meanwhile, the police could concentrate exclusively on real police work."
Bounty hunters have different levels of authority in their duties depending on their jurisdiction. states they operate in. Generally speaking, the president is that a bounty hunter may enter the fugitive's private property without a warrant in order to execute a re-arrest, but this would not be the case of a suspected grow operation. A bounty hunter cannot enter the property of anyone other than the fugitive without a warrant or the owner's permission.
The bounty hunter would adhere to the same rules and regulations as any other State Law Enforcement Agency. When it comes time for the bust, the bounty hunter would employ a police swat team for the bust, with the costs of the operation being deducted from the sale of the illicit cannabis. In the event that the bust failed to convict or find weed, then the bounty hunter would not be paid, and the SWAT team budget could be taken from a contingency fund - from other illegal marijuana busts.
In some states, bounty hunters do not undergo any formal training, and are generally unlicensed, only requiring sanction from a bail bondsman to operate. Other states have varying standards of training and licensing. Certainly the system is setup to accommodate in rapid fashion the nuances involved in chasing and confiscating contraband.
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Tonto is a fictional character, the either Potawatomi or Comanche companion of the Lone Ranger, a popular American Western character created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. Tonto has appeared in radio and television series and other presentations of the characters' adventures righting wrongs in 19th century western America.
In Spanish, "tonto" translates as "moron" or "fool". In the Spanish dubbed version, the character is called "Toro" (Spanish for "bull") or "Ponto". In the Italian version the original name is retained, despite the fact that its meaning in Italian is the same as in Spanish. Tonto made his first appearance on the 11th episode of the radio show, which originated on the Detroit, Michigan,
Bass Reeves was born into slavery in Crawford County, Arkansas, in 1838. He was named after his grandfather, Basse Washington. Bass Reeves and his family were slaves of Arkansas state legislator William Steele Reeves. During the American Civil War, Bass parted company with George Reeves, perhaps because Bass beat up George after a dispute in a card game. Bass Reeves fled north into the Indian Territory. He lived with the Cherokee, Seminole, and Creek Indians, learning their languages, until he was freed by the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery, in 1865. Shortly after his saga as the great lone ranger began....
A bounty hunter (sometimes called a bounty killer) is a person who captures fugitives and criminals for a monetary reward (bounty). The occupation, also known as bail enforcement agent, bail agent, recovery agent, bail recovery agent, or fugitive recovery agent, has historically existed in many parts of the world, however today it is found almost exclusively in parts of the United States and the Philippines, its former commonwealth, as the practice is illegal under the laws of most other countries.
Skiptracing (also skip tracing, or debtor and fugitive recovery is the process of locating a person's whereabouts for any number of purposes. A skiptracer is someone who performs this task, which may be the person's primary occupation. The term "skip"refers to the person being searched for, and is derived from the idiomatic expression "to skip town", meaning to depart in haste, leaving minimal clues behind to "trace" the "skip" to a new location.
Skip tracing tactics may be employed by a debt collector, process server, bail bondsman or bail agency enforcer, repossession agent, private investigator, lawyer, police detective, journalist, stalker or by any person attempting to locate a subject whose contact information is not immediately known. Similar techniques have also been utilized by investigators to locate witnesses in criminal trials