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San Diego U.S. Attorney Vows to Go After the Media for Pot Advertising

U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy

By Danny Fenster

The Obama administration’s latest push against the medical marijuana industry is aimed at the media.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said she plans to start going after newspapers, radio stations and other outlets that advertise marijuana dispensaries, reports California Watch.

“I’m not just seeing print advertising,” U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy told California Watch and KQED. “I’m actually hearing radio and seeing TV advertising. It’s gone mainstream. Not only is it inappropriate – one has to wonder what kind of message we’re sending to our children – it’s against the law.”

Though she declined to comment on plans of  other U.S. Attorneys in California as far as advertising, she noted they had coordinated their efforts so far. But a spokesman for the Sacramento U.S. Attorney Ben Wagner told the Bakersfield Californian that there were no plans to go after advertising at this point.

The statements by Duffy comes in wake of an announcement by all four U.S. Attorney’s in California, who last week warned dozens of questionable marijuana dispensaries throughout California to shut down or face civil and criminal action.

The top prosecutors vowed to also go after landlords who rent space to the storefront operators of medical marijuana dispensaries, who authorities suspect of using the law to cover large-scale for-profit drug sales, the New York Times reported.

Duffy said she believes the law gives her the right to prosecute media outlets that runs marijuana advertisements, California Watch reported.

“If I own a newspaper … or I own a TV station, and I’m going to take in your money to place these ads, I’m the person who is placing these ads,” Duffy said, according to California Watch. “I am willing to read (the law) expansively and if a court wants to more narrowly define it, that would be up to the court.”

Federal law prohibits people from placing ads for illegal drugs, including marijuana, in “any newspaper, magazine, handbill or other publication,” according to California Watch, which could extend to online ads.

“The good intentions behind that law,” she told California Watch “have almost completely been taken over by people who are trying to use that permission law to get rich, to distribute marijuana and traffic drugs to people who aren’t sick, to our youth and to people who are using drugs on a recreational basis.”

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High-Ranking Mexican Law Enforcement Official Among 43 Charged in Crackdown on Mexican Cartel

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel

Federal authorities in San Diego charged a high-ranking Mexican law enforcement official and 42 others as part of a crackdown on a major Mexican drug cartel — the Fernando Sanchez Organization — that allegedly was involved in murders and kidnappings, the San Diego Tribune reported.

The Mexican official, Jesus Quinonez Marquez, director of international liaison for the Baja California Attorney General’s Office, was charged with working with the organization, the paper reported.

The paper reported that the leader of the cartel, Fernando Sanchez Arellano, a nephew of notorious brothers and cartel leaders Javier, Ramon and Benjamin Arellano Félix, was not arrested.

“The presence of foreign-based drug-trafficking organization members and associates in San Diego will not be tolerated.” U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy said in a statement. “The San Diego law enforcement community leverages every asset to ensure that this fine city never becomes the safe haven from which drug-trafficking organizations stage their operations as drug wars and law enforcement scrutiny disrupt narco-business.”

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Senate Confirms U.S. Attorneys in Calif. and Louisiana

By Allan Lengel

The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Stephanie Finley for the U.S. Attorney post for the Western District of Louisiana and Laura Duffy for the top federal prosecutor post in the Southern District of California.

Duffy had been recommended by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), the San Diego Union reported.  The website Main Justice, which closely tracks the U.S. Attorney appointments,  reported that the Senate has now confirmed 51 of President Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees.

Pres. Obama Nominates U.S. Attys for Calif., Tex., Guam and Fla.

Alicia Limtiaco/gov photo

Alicia Limtiaco/gov photo

By Allan Lengel

President Obama on Wednesday continued to nominate U.S. Attorneys, this time for California, Texas, Guam and Florida.

The nominees included Laura E. Duffy for the Southern District of California; Wifredo A. Ferrer for the Southern District of Florida; Alicia Limtiaco for Guam and John B. Stevens, Jr. for the Eastern District of Texas, according to the White House.

The following are bios as provided in a White House press release:

*Laura Duffy has been with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California since 1997, where was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Narcotics Enforcement Section until 2007 when she became the Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section. Prior to that, Ms. Duffy worked for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice from 1993 until 1997, first as a trial attorney for the Money Laundering Section until 1994, and then as a trial attorney for the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section. Ms. Duffy is a graduate of Iowa State University (1988) and from the Creighton University School of Law (1993).

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