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65 pounds of marijuana discovered at house fire

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published September 22, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.

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Boxes of marijuana at the Little Rock Police Department, Wednesday.

— The Little Rock Police narcotics unit was notified after the Little Rock Fire department discovered 65 pounds of marijuana at the site of a house fire Tuesday night.

Officers arrived at 7520 N. Chicot Road in Little Rock after the fire department requested that the police department take possession of some "peculiar property" later determined to be the large amount of marijuana, according to a Little Rock Police Department news release. Detectives called the owner of the property who told them it was being rented to 36-year-old Jason Wilbanks.

During the fire investigation, officers noticed a man watching the activity from a white 1998 Chevy Malibu parked across the street, police said. The man was later identified as Wilbanks and arrested on charges of possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The marijuana was taken to the Little Rock Police Department property room for storage.

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Patriot79 says... September 22, 2010 at 10:40 a.m.

Why don't you detectives check on the CIA's activity. They are the biggest drug dealers in the world. We have approximately 2,000 CIA agents in this state. What about Mena Arkansas? Bill Clinton, Oliver North, George Bush Sr. All involved in smuggling drugs into Arkansas, and other states as well. You reporters need to actually do some REAL investigating. Investigate retired DEA agents too! I'm doing my own research, and I'm going to blow the whistle on some crooked cops here!

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randalbean says... September 22, 2010 at 11:03 a.m.

Dear Patriot79: There are plenty of crooked cops in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, so I hope you'll research their activities. A Pine Bluff postal worker told me he'd personally witnessed the involvement of FBI agents in their own illegal drug activities.

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Patriot79 says... September 22, 2010 at 11:54 a.m.

Randalbean: I don't doubt it at all. Thanks for the lead!

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KMS says... September 22, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

When can we stop this madness of arresting people over and herb and a non-violent crime? "For the children" is bad excuse too, in fact, it would be better regulated if we all just legalized cannabis across the board like liquor. Destroying a man's life all over something anyone can grow in their yard.

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RzrRed says... September 22, 2010 at 2:15 p.m.

This is a perfect example of the way the government has grown to the point that it doesn't even see itself as an entity to serve the public. It see's the people as the ticket to prosperity, merit's, award's ect. Problem is they use power to intimidate, coerce and worst to cover there mistakes. Cannabis should have bee legalized years ago. Its not like the Fed's didn't learn from the fallout of prohibition in the 30's. Big money keeps it from becoming legal again, pharmacy company's, lumber company's, pulpwood industry as well as the they don't want you to be able to grow something that would replace what they sell.......

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