Home | Community | Message Board

Please support our sponsors.

Feedback and Administration >> Shroomery News Service

Welcome to the Shroomery Message Board! You are experiencing a small sample of what the site has to offer. Please login or register to post messages and view our exclusive members-only content. You'll gain access to additional forums, file attachments, board customizations, encrypted private messages, and much more!

Jump to first unread post. Pages: 1
Certified phunologist
Male User Gallery

Registered: 01/26/08
Posts: 4,818
Loc: Right about here
Veteran Yippie Activist Dana Beal Arrested in Illinois0
    #8519078 - 06/13/08 11:23 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)


Busted: Veteran Yippie Activist Dana Beal Arrested in Illinois

this Articlefrom Drug War Chronicle, Issue #539, 6/13/08

Dana Beal, a permanent fixture on the counterculture scene and a veteran New York City-based activist perhaps best known for organizing the annual Global Marijuana Marches and smoke-ins for the past 30 years, was arrested last week in Illinois on money-laundering charges. But at a court hearing Thursday, the original charge was abandoned and Beal was charged with the much lesser offense of obstruction of justice. He was able to make the $7,500 cash bond set at that hearing and is now a free man, at least for now.

Dana BealAccording to the New York Times, which cited local law enforcement officials, Beal was arrested after officers from the Mattoon Police Department arrived at a local restaurant on June 3 upon receiving a report of two women creating a disturbance inside. (A private source told Drug War Chronicle it was a daughter helping her disabled mother, who had become flustered with a physical situation.) The two women were traveling with two men, one of whom was Beal. Witnesses told police they saw Beal, who was in a van outside the restaurant, placing bags beneath nearby vehicles. When police opened the bags, they found more than $150,000 cash. They then brought in drug-sniffing dogs, who alerted on the cash.

"They're saying the money smelled like marijuana," Beal's local attorney told the Times.

The Times reported that Beal had told friends he was traveling with the cash because he was planning to finance an ibogaine clinic with it. Beal is a long-time advocate for ibogaine, which he and others argue can be used to break addictions to other drugs.

Although Beal was originally charged with money-laundering, local prosecutors may have figured out that a US Supreme Court ruling last week cut the legs out from under them. In that case, Regalado Cuellar v. US, the high court ruled that merely hiding money in a vehicle does not constitute money laundering. Instead, prosecutors must show that the money was hidden with the purpose of hiding the true source of the funds. Illinois prosecutors said they may try to file money-laundering charges later, but that will require more evidence than merely hiding money.

Still, Beal is currently facing charges and his money is now in the hands of Illinois authorities. Whether he can keep his freedom -- or get the cash back -- remains to be seen.

At least two web sites, Steve Bloom's Celeb Stoner and the Weird Load: Only in America blog are providing frequent updates on Beal's ordeal. The latter features a jailhouse interview with him.

(Drug War Chronicle will publish information on Beal's legal defense fund when it becomes available.)

Post Extras: Filter  Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
 User Gallery

Registered: 05/06/99
Posts: 1,454
Loc: Wut some people Call Par...
Re: Veteran Yippie Activist Dana Beal Arrested in Illinois0 [Re: creekfreek]
    #8520542 - 06/13/08 05:33 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

One by one everyone i know is getting in trouble.

Post Extras: Filter  Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Jump to top. Pages: 1

Feedback and Administration >> Shroomery News Service

Similar ThreadsPosterViewsRepliesLast post
* Marijuana Activist Dana Beal Had a Heart Attack, Died, Came Back, and Beat His Pot Rap veggieM 976 3 11/01/11 10:33 AM
by theshroom
* 4/20: National Pot Smokers Day
( 1 2 all )
veggieM 3,489 20 04/20/09 10:26 PM
by johnnyblaze2316
* Why Thousands Are Turning to a Psychedelic Plant from Africa for Release from Severe Addiction
( 1 2 all )
veggieM 7,772 22 03/24/10 05:24 PM
by Cloud9
* Marijuana seed store raided, Emery arrested [CAN]
( 1 2 3 all )
veggieM 22,779 41 03/19/06 10:38 PM
by veggie
* Medical Marijuana Activist Commits Suicide veggieM 4,303 4 09/16/05 10:49 AM
by motaman
* Shopping protesters arrested for 'nothing' Adamist 1,049 7 12/01/04 06:41 PM
by Adamist
* A Medical-Pot Activist Spends a Night in Jail for Talking Back to Deputies at the OC Fair shivas.wisdom 554 2 07/28/09 05:34 PM
by Nymphaea
* Group Protests N.Y. Peace T-Shirt Arrest Lana 2,987 8 03/16/03 08:26 PM
by Viveka

Extra information
You cannot start new topics / You cannot reply to topics
HTML is disabled / BBCode is enabled
Moderator: motaman, veggie, karode13, Alan Rockefeller, naum, Mostly_Harmless
632 topic views. 2 members, 2 guests and 7 web crawlers are browsing this forum.
[ Print Topic ]
Search this thread:
Please support our sponsors.

Copyright 1997-2021 Mind Media. Some rights reserved.

Generated in 0.042 seconds spending 0.012 seconds on 16 queries.