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Man With Long Drug-Trafficking Rap Sheet Indicted in Fresno

A man who received 15 convictions linked to drug trafficking in Tulare County 16 years ago was indicted Thursday on weapons charges by a federal grand jury in Fresno. Jose Toscano-Ruelas, 43, a foreign national, was charged in U.S. District Court with being a felon in possession of a fireman,...

Toxic Pesticide Use Rises at Illegal California Pot Farms

SACRAMENTO — Researchers and U.S. authorities are finding what they say is an alarming increase in the use of a powerful banned pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California. The pesticide residue is showing up in about 30 percent of the plants themselves, researcher Mourad Gabriel...