Other internal emails show that federal prosecutors used tactics to deliberately terrify landlords who had rented to cannabis collectives. In a Feb. 12 email, one federal agent described a conversation he'd had that morning with a landlord who had no idea he was in danger of losing his property. The landlord, the agent recalled, "said he is unaware that it was illegal for his tenants to sell marijuana from his property. He also said he was never contacted by the government in reference to this property being used to sell marijuana."

The agent then asked his colleagues whether they had any record of a letter being sent to the landlord. In response, another agent chimed in and claimed he'd just hand-delivered a letter to the landlord, stating it had been mailed the previous year. "He said he never got it, but the tenants moved out around the time the letter was dated."

Responding to that exchange, Greg Parham, who was supervising federal asset-forfeiture efforts earlier this year, thanks everyone for their hard work and bluntly states, "We have made a strategic decision not to send our warning letters out via certified or registered mail."

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Why would the feds deliberately not make every effort to ensure landlords are notified in a timely and reliable manner their buildings are being targeted? For "shock value," Parham's replacement, Steven Welk, allegedly told attorney Matt J. Pappas in a courtroom conference earlier this year.

"Mr. Welk told me he intentionally did not send warning letters to [three of my clients] ahead of filing forfeiture actions against their properties," Pappas claimed in a July 23 letter to Birotte. "Just days after receiving the lis pendens and notice of the federal lawsuit to take her property, [one landlord] went to the hospital for cardiac issues because of the stress. Her husband . . . told me multiple times he wasn't breaking any laws when I first met him."

One client, Pappas wrote, cried during his first meeting with her, while another landlord was "inconsolable" after learning the feds planned to seize his building. After a couple of months and the immense stress, Pappas wrote, the man "looks like he's aged 20 years."

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elpatricio
elpatricio

Thanks for the document work, OC Weekly. How many emails did you obtain? Will you upload them to the website? Were these obtained through FOI or discovery?

MasterUniverse
MasterUniverse

It's past time to go after these people.  Parham.  Welk.  Kokal.  We know who you are and we're coming after you.  Politically that is. 

Oh, and fuck you.  Assholes.

massvocals
massvocals

I also feel that there CSL was not asked for by the people but by Nixon  , a criminal thrown out of the president chair  so why are we still allowing  the DEA and others  who get there power in this war they made this is not a war but they made it one  and they attack regulation stores  so who must go  add the other D to DEA   dead  

massvocals
massvocals

I think we should go to war and protect the state  form the federal government and make laws upon any federal agent who come in to federally enforce  federal  law  which has a jurisdiction with the federal zone  like Washington DC  Not   within the state venue  The federal  agents  should and  will face death if they cause any mayhem under state allowed  law  Its time for the citizen to rise  this war is lie base on lies  and employment and money grants   its high time to end this  and cause the true nature of our system   we are 50 states  under an agreement of federal they are not king  the state people are king 

zenbuddha77
zenbuddha77

According to an extremely good friend of mine who lives in the LA area; every year that a referendum is placed on the ballot in CA asking if recreational use of pot should be allowed it is the medical pot people who work as hard as they can to keep non medical pot illegal. So eat your own bad karma, a..holes!

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Industry making obscene black market profits needs to be shut down and scumbag phony dem government nullified by activism. I'm not talking about useless rallies and protests that only annoy people and make you look like loony leftists. I'm talking about a plant that is amazingly resilient and provides immense benefit to mankind. I'm talking about increasing the supply of this plant so as to ender the government out of power and the growers out of business. The same growers and dispensaries that want to keep this plant illegal in order to continue making obscene profits. Plant everywhere. Your neighbors yard , sides of the roads, national forests (screw the enviros, fire gonna burn all those native plants anyways). Take male pollen inside rite greens when they open back up. And get it into their fishbowl grow room. Will do alot more for the movement then a courthouse rally .

Duncan20903
Duncan20903

It would make the Feds look weak if Mr. Holder were to publicly admit that they can’t do squat about the new laws in Colorado and Washington. Also, he knows that less than 3 seconds after saying that they were going to use Federal powers to abrogate those laws that we would expose him as the bald faced liar that he is.

Mr. Holder is in a classic situation of Catch-22 and hoping that everyone just forgets about this particular controversy. I’d probably feel sorry for him if he wasn’t such a total dipstick. But in this case it couldn’t be happening to anyone more worthy of ridicule and disgust. Well, at the Federal level anyway.

ronie_lee49
ronie_lee49

I have known Marla for quite some time and to try to intimidate such a special person is beyond reason,but what else is new, with these  types self preservation means stepping on  every one elses  civil rights ,hang tough Marla,they are in their last stages of the fight and are being backed into a corner,their jobs are on the line and they will do anything they can to further careers.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Where is the Choom Gang when the world needs them most? Obama still hangs with his homies when he goes back to Hawaii. They've got his ear. 

cherstream
cherstream

Our country is in a sad state when our public servants take delight in abusing their power and the public that pays their salaries.  Our public servants have nothing better to do with their time and resources than to go after wheelchair bound marijuana users?  Shameful!

dominelloc
dominelloc

Please forward this article to Sen. Leahy. This insanity has to stop. I mean, even Crazy Dana is on our side over this issue. It's just a plant that the FSM gave us to use.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Still no policy from Holder:

When the committee's chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), asked him about marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, Holder said the Obama administration is "still considering" how to respond. Last week he promised a policy "relatively soon," the same phrase he used in December. Around the same time, Leahy said he plans to hold a hearing on the issue this year.

MasterUniverse
MasterUniverse

Patrick Greg Parham - Bar Number: 140310     Address: US Attorney's Office

312 N Spring St 14th Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Phone Number: (213) 894-6528 Fax Number: (213) 894-7177 e-mail: greg.parham@usdoj.gov  County: Los Angeles
Undergraduate School: California St Univ Fullerton; CA District: District 2     Sections: None Law School: Loyola Law School; Los Angeles CA

 
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