CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2004 |
The Fresno County Sheriff's Department apologized to Laotian farmers for a written statement warning property owners who rent land to them to watch for illegally grown marijuana plants. Capt. Tom Gattie said the statement inappropriately singled out a certain ethnic group. Immigrants from Laos were among those held for marijuana cultivation in a series of raids, but members of other ethnic groups also were arrested.