Narcotic task force and child services steal children from California medical marijuana patients

End the Lie | Mar 18, 2012

By Madison Ruppert

On the morning of September 29, 2011, around 8 AM, the Butte Interagency Narcotic Task Force (BINTF) out of Butte, California, forced their way into the home of Jayme Walsh and his wife Daisy Bram.

The officers then arrested the two parents and with the help of Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Child Services Division of Butte County, seized their children.

Zeus, a 3-week-old suckling newborn was forcibly removed from the arms of his mother, and along with his 15-mont-old brother Thor, they were both placed in the home of a stranger, where they remained for four months.

You can hear the disturbing audio of the arrest in the video below. You can hear Jayme Walsh trying to calm Daisy Bram down while they are taking her children, which is clearly quite distressing to her for obvious reasons.

“Nothing Personal”

To clarify a bit of the audio, Walsh says that the charge of possession of ammunition by a felon was the result of police discovering a single old shotgun shell which was left on the property by the occupants. Walsh says that the charges were dismissed and that he is being regarded as a “felon” for a prior conviction some 12 years ago.

Walsh contends that prior to this quite disturbing incident, he “had not even gotten so much as a speeding ticket in years.”

Neither Thor nor Zeus had ever spent time away from their parents, so one can assume that this was likely quite a traumatic experience for the two children.

On September 7, 2011, three weeks before the BINTF and CPS burst into their home and stole their children, two deputies from Butte County Sheriff’s Office trespassed onto a clearly marked private road.

This came after Bram and Walsh had witnessed sheriff’s helicopters fly over their area all summer.

The deputies made their way around a locked and gated driveway and then onto the property of Bram and Walsh’s remote home located somewhere on a mountain in Concow, California.

The deputies claimed they were there for a so-called “compliance check” – which is a nice way to make an end run around probable cause and the entire Fourth Amendment in order to illegally “access to private homes to investigate legal medicinal cannabis gardens for potential arrest and prosecution,” according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Legislation (NORML).

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