Mendota police Officer B. Ortiz tends a smoldering pile of marijuana after a 1987 raid near Hearst Castle.
Mendota police Officer B. Ortiz tends a smoldering pile of marijuana after a 1987 raid near Hearst Castle. Phil Dirkx Tribune archives
Mendota police Officer B. Ortiz tends a smoldering pile of marijuana after a 1987 raid near Hearst Castle. Phil Dirkx Tribune archives

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