Saturday, November 8, 2008

Alleged DEA Agents Indicted After Pot Thefts

So-Called Agents Accused Of Raiding Medical Marijuana Farms

POSTED: 12:38 pm PST November 7, 2008
UPDATED: 2:00 pm PST November 7, 2008

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. -- Five men accused of posing as drug agents were indicted Thursday on various federal charges, including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office investigated reports of home invasion robberies, kidnappings and assaults by so-called DEA agents who seized medical marijuana.

The impersonators targeted homes known to have medical marijuana gardens, the Butte County Sheriff's department said.

Edmond Timothy Jones, Eric Keith Sills, Raymond Eugene Sills and Rodney Charles Renshaw of Oroville were indicted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California.

Jones, Eric Sills, and Raymond Sills are in custody at the Butte County Jail.

Renshaw is fugitive and has a felony warrant for his arrest.

Sgt. Steve Pelton said another man, Jess Vernon Brasier, also of Oroville, was indicted on multiple charges and is already in custody at the Sacramento County Jail on federal charges as a result of search warrants conducted at his residence earlier this year.

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