GNOA OFFICER SAFETY ALERTS
Carbofuran in Marijuana grow sites is a significant officer safety hazard
September 19, 2018
Central Valley California HIDTA
Carbofuran is a pesticide that is extremely toxic to humans and other vertebrates, increasingly encountered in illegal marijuana grow sites within California.
Officers entering marijuana grow sites must recognize evidence of Carbofuran usage and take precautions to avoid exposure.
There are indications that illegal marijuana growers intentionally use Carbofuran at grow sites to discourage or delay eradication of their crops by law enforcement officers.
Evidence of Carbofuran or other chemical use in marijuana grow sites should be carefully documented to support potential prosecution or penalty enhancement under applicable Federal and/or state laws.
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Officers taken to hospital following contact with unknown drug substance
September 14, 2018
Pickens County Georgia Sheriff's Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By: Sgt. Jody Weaver – Administrative Services Division – Pickens Sheriff’s Office
“Arrest made related to the ongoing investigation following the execution of a search warrant at A-1 Smoke Shop in Jasper, Georgia.”
During an extensive investigation regarding the potential possession and distribution of controlled substances and other criminal activity, a search warrant was executed today at the A-1 Smoke Shop, located at 684 West Church Street, Jasper, Georgia. Controlled and banned items were confiscated as part of the search warrant process.
As a result of the ongoing investigation, the Pickens Sheriff’s Office currently has Mr. Atulkumar Jayan Patel in custody for a felony warrant of manufacturing, distributing, dispensing or possessing controlled substances, and a second felony warrant for distribution of Nitrous Oxide.
We would also like to inform the community that all five (5) of the public safety personnel sent to the hospital following exposure have been released from the hospital at this time. Substances have been collected and sent to the GBI Crime Lab Forensics Division for further lab testing so as to properly identify the substance. The Pickens Sheriff’s Office, and all the local public safety departments are extremely grateful for the prayers and well-wishes we have, and continue, to receive.
This investigation is active and ongoing, therefore additional charges may be forthcoming. We will update as information becomes available.