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Monday, November 26, 2012

Winery president denies marijuana trafficking link

[ed. - This is an excerpt. See the video and read the full story at news10net. For a bird's-eye view of  pot growing on Fellowship of Friends land, at a Fellowship-owned house, enter these coordinates into Google's satellite view: 39.344624,-121.239933 (2013 image)]
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Written by
George Warren

OREGON HOUSE (YUBA COUNTY) CA - The president of a well-known winery linked to a federal investigation into marijuana trafficking denies any involvement in the drug trade.

A 223-acre parcel owned by the Fellowship of Friends, a spiritual organization that owns the Renaissance Vineyard & Winery, was among seven properties targeted in search warrants obtained by federal agents in September.

In the application for the search warrants, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent said a confidential source told him several members of the Fellowship of Friends grow marijuana on their individual properties to sell outside of California, using drivers and commercial shipping companies.

The source said the growers turn over a portion of their profits to the Fellowship of Friends, and that the organization's leaders are aware of the source of the money.

"We make very good wine, but no, we're not in the drug trafficking business," said Greg Holman, president of the Fellowship of Friends and the Renaissance Winery.

Holman said only one of the property owners identified in the search warrants was a current member of the Fellowship of Friends, and that he had been unaware the member was involved in marijuana cultivation until the September raids.

"It came as a complete surprise to me," Holman said.
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[ed. - Another bust in the neighborhood. There's no indication of a connection, though there is a Fellowship member with last name Koss.]
Yuba County pot tied to Texas plot

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