Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Rumors of ICE Helicopter at Ukiah Airport to Conduct Local Immigration Raids are ‘False’ says Sheriff Kendall


Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall said social media rumors of an Immigration & Customs Enforcement Helicopter in the county to conduct immigration raids are unequivocally false. Sheriff Kendall said the helicopter residents have seen at the airport is in fact from Custom and Border Protection’s air and marine unit and is being used to spot illegal marijuana farms.

Sheriff Kendall explained that because many square miles of Mendocino County are under federal jurisdiction (Bureau of Land Management, United State Forest Service, and Native American Reservations), the county utilizes federal resources to combat illegal marijuana farms.

Sheriff Kendall said that the utilization of federal resources saves Mendocino County money, “I try to save the taxpayers of Mendocino County as much money as possible.” 

The featured image depicts a Custom and Border Protection Blackhawk helicopter.

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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