This report simply in from Trib Live who write…..It seems Patriot Shield received’t be returning to Jeannette this fall to dry and course of hemp.
Here at CLR we reported on their behaviour earlier within the yr over quite a lot of articles the place it transpired they weren’t paying employees, not complying with laws and extra as well
Jeanette Hemp Processing Plant Has Re-Opened But Workers Still To Be Paid
Former Employees At Jeannette Hemp-Drying Facility, Patriot Shield Security, Claim They Have Not Been Paid In Weeks
Hemp Processor Patriot Shield of Jeannette (PA) Still Not Out Of Woods Re Worker’s & Mold Issues
Jeannette hemp Plant, Patriot Shield, Fined & Permitted To Reopen
Also listed below are some movies the corporate used to advertise themselves. Not positive we’d belief a bunch of gun toting ZZ Top Lookalikes to do something for us
So what’s Andrew’s prime talent ?
According to his linked in
Andrew Ross (“Ross”) is an skilled entrepreneur, enterprise advisor and hashish safety knowledgeable with initiatives throughout the globe. As a real pioneer, he based one of many first hashish particular safety corporations within the US and now has over seven years of expertise within the area and has written safety plans (each pre and put up utility) for dozens of purchasers below a number of regulating businesses. Currently, he’s concerned in hashish safety operations in Colorado, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and California in addition to safe transportation for industrial hemp throughout the U.S. Ross additionally focuses on serving to his purchasers with sourcing or promoting hemp and marijuana merchandise the place relevant.
Prior to taking a place because the Chief Executive Officer of Patriot Shield, Ross was the Director of Sales for Helix TCS, Inc. (“OTC: HLIX”) and all subsidiaries together with; Cannabase, BOSS High Level Protection (“Boss”), Secure Transport Service, and Engeni Digital Marketing. Ross was with Helix previous to the corporate’s IPO in 2016, and helped them considerably enhance annual income earlier than he left the corporate in 2017. He led gross sales and enlargement initiatives throughout a number of enterprise traces and states, and helped develop and implement a number of new enterprise traces and companies.
Before becoming a member of Helix, Ross based Boss Security Solutions, Inc., one of many first cannabis-focused safety companies within the nation, which was acquired by Helix after solely two years in operation.
I do know we’re all meant to like veterans for his or her service and so on however as in any a part of life there are at all times badduns..
He can be a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with a number of abroad deployments to the Middle East—Iraq and Afghanistan—the place the community, expertise, and self-discipline he makes use of in enterprise have been shaped, laying the groundwork for his entrepreneurial profession.
It is throughout now….
Inspections by the state Department of Environmental Protection on July 29 and Aug. 6 confirmed “all equipment related to Patriot Shield’s operation had been removed” from a Thomas Avenue warehouse and there was no hemp or hemp-related work happening, mentioned Lauren Fraley, division spokeswoman.
Mayor Curtis Antoniak was glad to listen to that. Patriot Shield’s beleaguered facility was the topic of shutdown orders from town and state, odor complaints from residents and protests from workers who weren’t being paid over a couple of months in late 2019. The firm has not made any funds on a $29,000 wonderful from the DEP.
“I’m glad the city stayed on them to close their facility,” Antoniak mentioned. “With the pace that the city’s on, we didn’t need that.”
Patriot Shield started operating within the warehouse in September with out getting an occupancy allow or constructing inspection from town. Farmers introduced their hemp crop there to be dried into smokable hemp flowers, which style like marijuana however lack the THC essential to get customers excessive.
Neighbors complained concerning the odor that emanated from the warehouse for weeks. It introduced as much as 200 jobs, however many employees began protesting outdoors of the constructing after not receiving paychecks.
That difficulty nonetheless has not been rectified, two former staff advised the Tribune-Review. The state Department of Labor and Industry’s Bureau of Labor Law Compliance carried out an audit of the corporate, in keeping with a letter obtained by the Trib. The division didn’t reply to a request for remark concerning the pay scenario.
Tammy McCann hopes to see Patriot Shield held accountable, however she’s stopped ready for the $900 she mentioned the corporate owes her. The paycheck may come in useful as cash’s been tight recently.
“If I get the check in the mail one day, hallelujah, but I can’t count on it,” she mentioned.
Cameron Trice is also ready for pay he earned. Patriot Shield’s time in Jeannette shouldn’t be ignored by its prospects in different elements of the nation, he mentioned. Colorado-based Patriot Shield operates in a number of states, offering transportation and safety for hemp and hashish companies.
“I think it makes the company look extremely bad, and nobody should be doing business with them with the way they treated their employees,” Trice mentioned.
Neither Patriot Shield nor Herzl Capital responded to requests for remark. The warehouse is owned by Herzl Real Estate.
While staff have been in an uproar, the DEP issued notices of odor violation in mid-October after neighborhood complaints. The metropolis adopted up with cease-and-desist orders. The DEP ordered Patriot Shield to stop operations on Dec. 2. The firm could be in violation if it resumed operations with out getting an occupancy allow, mentioned metropolis solicitor Tim Witt.
The metropolis and DEP requested Patriot Shield to submit plans detailing enhancements to the constructing with the intention to receive permits to proceed working. Those plans by no means have been obtained. Under a December consent agreement, Patriot Shield was ordered to pay $29,000 in civil penalties. Fraley mentioned the settlement stays an “open enforcement matter” and declined further remark.
Patriot Shield has not gotten a allow from the state Department of Agriculture to function a hemp processing facility.
FC Meyer Packaging in Jeannette sued Patriot Shield in February after its recycled paperboard merchandise reportedly have been contaminated by the odor. The two corporations shared area within the warehouse final yr. Court arguments within the case are set for Oct. 13.
Meanwhile, former employees have been ready almost a yr for again wages which will by no means come. Patriot Shield officers advised the Tribune-Review final yr that their monetary affairs have been ‘close’ to being so as and inspired staff to stay round.
“They hurt a lot of people,” mentioned McCann, one of many former staff. “I hope they get everything that’s coming their way.”
Aurora man amongst four folks accused of trafficking huge pot cargo (however police aren’t positive it’s pot)
The founding father of a hashish firm in Colorado is amongst 4 folks arrested in what Oklahoma legislation enforcement says could possibly be the most important pot bust in state historical past – if the substance is definitely pot.
Aurora man amongst four folks accused of trafficking huge pot cargo (however police may have all of it unsuitable)
A person from Colorado was one of many 4 folks arrested in what Oklahoma officers say could possibly be the most important pot bust of their state’s historical past – if the substance is, the truth is, pot.
Police in Pawhuska, Okla., pulled over a semi-truck and a van following behind it when the drivers ran a crimson gentle final Wednesday, in keeping with an arrest affidavit from Osage County District Court. Per the doc, the officer that stopped the autos may odor marijuana as she approached.
Twenty-nine-year-old Andrew Ross, from Aurora, was driving the van. He defined to the officer that he and the van’s passenger, 31-year-old David Dirksen from Michigan, have been working as safety guards for the semi, the affidavit mentioned. Ross advised investigators that the semi wanted such safety as a result of it was hauling 1000’s of kilos of business hemp – made authorized to move over state traces when President Trump signed off on the 2018 farm invoice.
The arresting officer wrote in her report that Ross cooperated along with her and opened the truck, revealing a leafy inexperienced substance. According to Pawhuska Police, outcomes from a subject take a look at confirmed it could possibly be marijuana.
Police seized all the things from the truck – 60 bins of the product. Per police, all of it weighed greater than 20,000 kilos, however an legal professional within the case mentioned it may weigh anyplace from 17,000 to 20,000 kilos. Officers additionally discovered a 9mm pistol within the van, in keeping with the affidavit.
Officers then arrested Ross and Dirksen, in addition to the folks within the semi, 33-year-old Farah Warsame from Ohio, and 51-year-old Tadesse Deneke from Alabama. They have been charged with trafficking greater than 1,000 kilos of marijuana. Ross and Dirksen additionally face gun fees, for allegedly possessing a gun through the fee of a felony.
Ross and Dirksen work for Patriot Shield, a veteran-owned firm that gives safety companies for folks within the hashish trade. This job was bringing them to Colorado, the place they’d ship the product to Panacea Life Sciences in Louisville.
Panacea’s president, Jamie Baumgartner, advised 9NEWS that he ordered hemp months in the past, and his group, together with the delivery firm he contracted, spoke with a number of state governments earlier than this supply to make sure all the things would go easily. Despite the legislation, some states did say they wouldn’t permit their supply, Baumgartner and Ross advised 9NEWS. They thought the route by means of Oklahoma could be wonderful.
“Really nobody has any idea what they are dealing with, which is really the problem,” Ross mentioned. “Even though it’s legal… They have no idea what they are doing.”
Ross mentioned he watched legislation enforcement take a look at the hemp on the scene, which did take a look at constructive for THC, as industrial hemp would. However, to be thought-about hemp, the product should have not more than three-tenths of a % of THC.
Ross contends officers advised him and Dirksen they might go away a number of occasions till officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency arrived on scene.
“If we are drug traffickers, we are literally the worst drug traffickers ever,” Ross mentioned. “We sat there after being told to leave the scene and waited to get arrested.”
Baumgartner offered 9NEWS with a duplicate of the documentation on this cargo. His information present the product does match the definition of hemp.
As for the 60 bins of product, there’s a surefire solution to clear up the confusion: give it an official take a look at. The DEA advised Tulsa World that the substance is in Washington, D.C. awaiting a proper examination. It’s unclear how the continuing shutdown of the federal authorities may have an effect on that.
Trevor Reynolds represents the folks within the semi truck, who stay in jail. He believes that the shutdown is slowing down the testing course of.
“I would say that this is the state of Oklahoma overreaching in their mandate to defend the state from illegal drugs,” he mentioned. “The issue here is jumping the gun and not taking the documentation that came with the load at face value.”
According to Reynolds, there’s no means his purchasers would have identified they have been transporting marijuana, if that’s the case. He mentioned solely the safety group has a key to entry the product on the truck.
If discovered responsible of aggravated trafficking of marijuana, the punishment may vary from 15 years to life in jail.
“I’m looking at 15 years to life and a $500,000 fine, literally doing a legal-compliant job,” Ross mentioned whereas consuming dinner, ready to fly again to Denver. “It’s completely absurd.”