Anti-Drug Abuse Division

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The Anti-Drug Abuse Program prosecutes offenses involving commercial marijuana cultivation/distribution, and the manufacture, processing, sales, and distribution of controlled substances, typically methamphetamine; however, there have been recent increases in arrests for MDMA (ecstasy), as well as other hard drug arrests including cocaine and heroin. The ADA Prosecutor works closely with the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force (MMCTF), a special unit of highly trained law enforcement officers dedicated primarily to the reduction of commercial drug activity in our county. Emphasis is placed upon the sentencing of those who plead guilty, with the prosecution arguing in favor of heavy prison terms for manufacturers and distributors of methamphetamine and other hard drugs. Large marijuana grows in our national forests and the manufacture/sales of controlled substances inflict immeasurable damage on Mendocino County's inhabitants and environment due to the toxic substances/chemicals and associated violent criminal acts accompanying the illegal drug trade. Anti-Drug Abuse Prosecutors work with Mendocino County Child Protective services (CPS) in a combined effort to protect drug-endangered children. Parents who make, sell, and use drugs around their children can expect to be criminally prosecuted for child endangerment. The District Attorney's Office, the MMCTF and Child Protective Services are united in a "Zero Tolerance" attitude toward adults whose irresponsible behavior with drug trafficking victimizes children.

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