I have a treat for you guys today!
It was my privilege to interview the author of; Hidden War: How Special Operations Game Wardens Are Reclaiming America's Wildlands From The Drug Cartels, retired California Game Warden Lt. John Nores.
John has a Master of Science degree from San Jose State University in Criminal Justice Administration. John was awarded the Governor’s Medal of Valor for lifesaving and leadership efforts in 2007. John was a special operations lieutenant working directly at the state level, co-developing, and leading his agency’s elite tactical unit the Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), and developing the CDFW’s first sniper unit aimed at combatting the most environmentally damaging criminals working within California and impacting the nation.
John and his special operations unit battled heavily fortified Mexican drug cartels in California on their illegal marijuana grow operations worth millions of dollars. John and his unit had to contend with heavily armed, well-trained cartel members who often deployed Viet Nam war era boobytraps and engaged John and his team in intense firefights.
These criminals use toxic chemicals that are banned in this country destroying the land and wildlife on location and away.
In today’s episode we discuss:
· How John started his career in law enforcement, more specifically the job of game warden.
· John explains the job duties of game warden.
· The training and preparation needed for this physically and mentally demanding job.
· We discuss his book; Hidden War: How Special Operations Game Wardens Are Reclaiming America's Wildlands From The Drug Cartels, and his two other books.
· How his agency cooperated with state, federal, and tribal law enforcement.
· Trespass grow operations and the tactics used to fight these life-threatening operations, including K-9s and air support.
· What was discovered in and around these operations including booby traps, dead bodies, and religious shrines.
· The incredibly harmful impact on the environment from these illegal grow operations when they steal water and use banned toxic chemicals.
· The importance of hunter safety courses, even if you are not a hunter.
All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.
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