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News (Media Awareness Project) - US WA: LTE: Unhappy With Lack Of Drug Prosecutions
Title:US WA: LTE: Unhappy With Lack Of Drug Prosecutions
Published On:2011-11-26
Source:Bellingham Herald (WA)
Fetched On:2011-11-27 06:01:29

It should come as no surprise that the former U.S. Attorney in
Seattle has endorsed an effort to legalize marijuana for recreational
use in Washington state. During her tenure, Kate Pflaumer, a former
sorority sister of Hillary Clinton, refused to file federal cases on
marijuana smugglers captured by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents
on our northern border in Whatcom County by steadily increasing the
"threshold amount" of seized marijuana required for federal
prosecution. By the time she left her position, the threshold amount
measured in hundreds of pounds.

I believe the effect of her protocol resulted in the Whatcom County
District Attorney's Office having to undertake multiple prosecutions
at local expense. Before she left office, Pflaumer refused federal
prosecution on a 5,000-pound consignment of cocaine seized at sea off
Cape Flattery, Wash., because it was not destined for the United
States. Never mind that the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego was
concurrently prosecuting similar cocaine cases involving
interdictions by the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy as far away as Central
and South America.

Patrick J. Guimond

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