The ripple effect of California’s budget crisis could have an adverse effect on the high profile drug-related deaths of Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson. Click here for more information on the budget crisis: read our lips.
Negotiators have proposed cutting $20 million from the 82 year old Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, on top of $12 million, in previous cuts from the Bureau. In recent years the Bureau has added to its cadre of skill sets electronic surveillance and fugitive tracking. It was instrumental in establishing the guilt of convicted murderer Scott Petersen, who is awaiting execution for killing his pregnant wife and unborn child in late 2002.
Attorney General Jerry Brown, whose department oversees the Bureau’s operations, has publicly stated that local law enforcement agencies that hunt down drug cartels will be severely outmanned and outgunned. An example of their efforts includes tracking down surging marijuana plantations often operated by Mexican drug cartels in forests and national parks, and major methamphetamine operations in the Central Valley and rural Southern California communities which provide much of the nation’s supply. The agency, part of the California Department of Justice, works under the radar with plainclothes agents operating in often dangerous conditions.
Recently, the Bureau was instrumental in the arrest of 2 Los Angeles doctors and the lawyer-turned-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith in connection with her passing. We hope Lady Justice continues her quest of such nefarious activities, despite the possibility of her sword getting repossessed.