Introduction


Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fellowship of Friends land and growers targeted by DEA

[ed. - To my knowledge, Jewers, Domingo, and Stefani are all current Fellowship members. This enterprise is clearly one way to meet Robert Burton's high-pressure "donation" demands. UPDATE: A September 4, 2014 Appeal-Democrat story tells of the arrest of former Fellowship of Friends member Jonathan Fairoaks in the Oregon House-Dobbins area. It's a bit ironic that the Fellowship-backed Yuba Environmental Science Charter Academy is known as YESCA. "Yesca" is slang for marijuana.]
Feds raid 8 Yuba foothills properties in pot bust

Appeal-Democrat
By Rob Parsons/ADcrimebeat

2012-09-21 15:47:11

Federal marijuana raids Thursday in Yuba County were the result of two five-month investigations headed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in federal court in Sacramento.

Andreas Jewers, 47, Juan Jose Domingo, 47, and Elizabeth E. Stefani, 43, all of Oregon House, were arrested and booked into the Yuba County Jail on suspicion of conspiracy and cultivation of marijuana for sale, DEA spokeswoman Casey Rettig said.

All three posted $100,000 bail bonds and were released a short time later, authorities said. They are set for arraignment Oct. 23 in Yuba County Superior Court.

Attempts to reach them by phone were unsuccessful.

They were not named in the affidavit. Cultivators frequently list fictitious names on property paperwork to help avoid detection, according to the affidavit.

One of the investigations started in April when Yuba County sheriff's Deputy Mark Heath met with DEA officials to discuss multiple properties in the foothills believed to be growing marijuana commercially for the last several years, according to the search warrant.

Read more at appeal-democrat.com.


Aerial surveillance of properties, conducted several times between April and August, confirmed the location and size of multiple marijuana gardens, records state.

Agents used a California Highway Patrol helicopter to take aerial photographs of the grow sites.

Ground surveillance was not possible because of each site's remote location, according to the affidavit.

At least eight properties were searched in Oregon House and Smartsville on Thursday on Loretta Lane, Begonia Way, Wildflower Way and Leafwood Way. Agents said between 50 and more than 100 plants were seen at each location over several months, according to the affidavit.

Several other area properties were also raided Thursday, but details on those investigations were not available.

It was not clear how many warrants were served or if anybody was else was taken into custody.
Sheriff's departments from Yuba, Nevada, and Butte counties assisted the DEA, along with NET-5 task force agents, US Homeland Security, and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators, Rettig said.

Agents said they hoped to find other evidence indicating a sales conspiracy, but have been mum about what was actually found during Thursday's raids.

[ed. - Andreas appears in this video titled apollo.mpg.]

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