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DEA Wants To Scan All License Plates On Utah Interstate

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DEA evilThe DEA Wants To Monitor I-15 in SW Utah For Drug Activity

Do you drive on Interstate 15 Utah? If so, your license plate may be scanned by the feds. Apparently, the DEA and some Utah sheriffs want to scan all the license plates on cars that drive along the ‘drug corridor.’ They feel that if they can compile the data, they can spot drug traffickers. The list of problems with this policy is growing exponentially.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups pointed out that, “It’s not against the law to drive down I-15 from Utah to Nevada to gamble, but there are a lot of Utahns that would be pretty embarrassed by that.” How would that look? A law abiding Utah citizen is traveling to Nevada for entertainment on a frequent basis, and they become a suspect in a drug investigation.

What about the people that drive along that corridor for work? Will there be some type of exemption process? How would the DEA and local law enforcement even keep up on such a thing? A person gets a new job, drives down I-15 for a week straight, then ends up on the DEA watch list. How is that an effective use of resources? It seems to me like this policy would harass far more law abiding citizens than it would catch drug runners.

There is a lot of drug activity on Interstate 5 – arguably more than any other Interstate in America. If this happens in Utah, should we expect this to happen on the West Coast as well? I know a lot of law abiding citizens that drive up and down I-5 everyday to visit family, at all hours of the day. According to the DEA’s desires, these people would be suspected of drug trafficking. Are they guilty until they prove their innocence?

Doesn’t the DEA realize that most drug runners use rental cars? And that rental cars NEVER have the same license plates as other cars? How would this policy identify those people? What if they identified the rental car as a drug trafficking vehicle, and the next time down the road they decided to pull it over and harass the occupants, just to find out that the car was rented that morning by a law abiding citizen? If I had to deal with ‘Big Brother’ style tactics and harassment, I would just avoid that freeway, even though I was a law abiding citizen. Does the DEA realize the ramifications on businesses along that freeway if this policy was enacted?

Click here to read the full story in The Salt Lake Tribune.

 

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  1. R. Lee McKnight on

    Thank you Oxbobend for using the correct terminology when refering to cannabis “re-legalization”!
    That is a pet peeve of mine.  It bugs the hell out of me when people say “legalize marijuan”!  It was legal when we were a free nation.  Now it is illegal.  We need to “Re-legalize”!

  2. As a one time resident and smuggler that ran specifically the i-15 corridor. I just got to say I am glad I stopped when I did!

  3. Sad, we are not a Free Society we are in Bondage to a Tyrannical Government. George Orwell was right just a few years off.

  4.   Ya
    know what, I am tired of the government taking the approach that we
    serve them. Folks, it is the other way around, the people HIRED the
    government officials because we are the only ones who have that much
    athority in this country. I say it is time to remind them of that.

    WE THE PEOPLE HAVE MORE ATHORITY THAN ANYONE AND WE OUT NUMBER THEM BY GOD. 
    http://www.facebook.com/okweed …..or click on my pic

  5. Agreed oxbobend.  I understand the gov’t motivation (protecting specific industries)…but why do we tolerate?

  6. good question,  there is no logical explanation,  other than anti-trust protection for industries that would disappear if cannabis and hemp were re-legalized.

  7. More over-reaching by our police state.  For drug warriors, the end always justifies the means.  In the case of cannabis, why do we go to such great effort, expense, and loss of liberty to protect people from something that harms no one?

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