A brief history of cannabis arrests and seizures from around the world, from the blatantly obvious to the downright bizarre, including arrests for cultivation, arrests for possession, arrests for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Cannabis arrests brought to you on a daily basis, occasionally with a hint of humour.
'dog from Melbourne called Bruce'
April 30th 2005
POLICE have busted alleged drug-dealing operations in a small central Victorian town, seizing cannabis, cash and weapons during raids yesterday. Members of the Bendigo Divisional Response Unit joined with Inglewood and Wedderburn Police in a crackdown on illegal drug activity. Two houses in Inglewood were searched, with the raids following a five-week investigation into the distribution of cannabis within the town. A drug squad dog from Melbourne called Bruce was also used to assist in yesterday's operation. The first stop was a Grant Street address, where police located a quantity of cannabis, cash and weapons. A 57-year-old woman was subsequently charged with trafficking, possessing and, More..................
'terminated immediately following her arrest'
Daily News Stuff
April 29th 2005
The bus driver who was allegedly smoking marijuana before driving her morning bus route in Wellesley last fall was found guilty Tuesday of possessing a class D drug. In Dedham District Court, Laurel Nelson, 47, of Framingham, was sentenced to one year of probation by Judge James Wexler. The conditions include random urine screenings, said Deputy Chief of Police William Brooks. Because she was convicted of a drug offense, Nelson's driver's license will also be suspended for a year, as required by Massachusetts law. Nelson's job with Eastern Bus Co. of Somerville was terminated immediately following her arrest. She had been a school bus driver for more than 20 years, the last five in Wellesley. More................
'string of drug offences'
April 28th 2005
TORONTO: - A stubborn fire earlier this month near Rogers Road and Weston, apparantly led police police to a marijuana grow op. Police say the house at 20 Hyde Avenue went up in flames and as firefighters battled it they noticed the major drug operation. Cops have now charged a 44-year-old Toronto man (Thoi Nguyen) with a string of drug offences. He's due in court Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday.
'driving while stoned'
April 27th 2005
A Teenager caught driving when he was stoned has been banned for a year by Flintshire magistrates. Learner driver Ian Stephen Wynn, 18, was arrested after police stopped him as he drove along Woodfield Avenue in Flint. One officer smelled what he thought was cannabis. The car was searched and the police found a bag containing herbal cannabis. Wynn told officers that he had taken a joint before leaving his sister's home. At the police station he underwent an impairment test and police concluded he was affected by the drug, and a blood test revealed a high concentration of the class C drug. Wynn, of Ash Grove, Mold, admitted driving while unfit through drugs, without insurance and not in accordance with his driving licence. He was fined £400 with £150 costs and was banned from driving for 12 months.
'purpose of trafficking'
April 27th 2005
Berwick: Three people were arrested after Kings RCMP raided a marijuana growing operation in South Berwick on Monday. Two men aged 46 and 20 and a 45-year-old woman were charged with possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking after police searched a home and found 57 plants in various stages of growth and more than nine kilograms of dried marijuana. All three have been freed. Police are not releasing their names until after court appearances May 18 and June 18.
'warrants for possession of marijuana'
April 27th 2005:
Lincoln police released the name of a man wanted for assaulting two police officers during a traffic stop Monday afternoon near 45th and Starr streets. Officer Katherine Finnell said police are looking for 18-year-old Arthonia Watkins, who has two outstanding warrants for possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license. Finnell said Watkins got into a fight with two police officers when the officers tried to handcuff him. Officers took him down twice, but Watkins ran through an apartment building and escaped police custody in his car. She said police did not pursue Watkins because they did not want to endanger his infant daughter, who was in his car. Police have found Watkins' car and daughter in someone else's possession, but have been unable to locate Watkins. You can run............
"Who got her pregnant?"
April 26th 2005
Schapelle Corby has taken a jail pregnancy test after a newspaper suggested she might be pregnant to a foreign lover - a story her family and lawyers angrily denounced as "absolute rubbish". A Bali newspaper reported the 27-year-old Gold Coast woman, who faces life in jail if found guilty of drug smuggling, had fallen pregnant in Denpasar's Kerobokan Prison. Corby will present her defence statement to a Bali court this week, denying charges of attempting to bring 4.1kg of cannabis into Bali airport last year. "After (the prosecution demanded the court) sentence her to life in prison at Denpasar District Court last week, now the beautiful Corby is rumoured to be two months' pregnant," the Harian Umum Nusa (Island Public Daily) newspaper said. "Who got her pregnant?" ........
April 26th 2005.
CANNABIS grower Ross Palmer was fined £500 and ordered to pay £200 costs at Truro Crown Court on Monday. He has also forfeited equipment installed in a Bude house which he had rented purely for the purpose of growing the drug. Palmer, of Higher Bore Street, Bodmin, was told by Judge Jeffrey Rucker: "I'm sure you will have learned from this experience."
'contact Chingford CID, on 8345 3016
8ft marijuana plants'
April 25th 2005
AN estate agent has told of his shock at discovering a cannabis factory in a £450,000 house in Leytonstone. Robert Ellice, of Clarke Hillyer property consultants, couldn't believe his eyes when he saw every room in the four-bedroom rented house in Maple Road filled with 8ft cannabis plants, lighting and other equipment. Police said the cannabis in its plant form was worth around £200,000. The discovery was made by a colleague of Mr Ellice, who does not want to be named, and the owner of the house, Monica Thompson, who immediately called police. Mr Ellice said: "It was unbelievable.
There were marijuana plants everywhere and sacks full of harvested leaves. Every single room was in use and it is a big house "The smell from the plants was very strong and I'm surprised no-one had smelt it before then. "There was quite a lot of damage done to the house. They had cut holes in the ceiling for ventilation and they were using garden hoses in the house to water the plants. "It was a real shock for everyone." Mrs Thompson, who lives in Zambia and was on holiday in London, rented out the house through an agent but she was having problems collecting rent. She asked the property consultants at Clarke Hillyer in Walthamstow to take over management of the house and it was during their first visit to the house to change the locks when the discovery was made.
The only room in the house not used for cannabis was a bedroom where it is believed the tenants were sleeping. DCI Chris Nolan, of Chingford CID, said he was delighted the factory had been shut down. He added: "We can't say how long the factory has been in operation, it could have been very lucrative. "Not only have we removed a cannabis factory we have also removed a potential fire danger. "These factories are not known for their safety record and they pose a real fire problem." A man of south Asian appearance was spotted running from the property by Mrs Thompson, who has gone back to Zambia, and the estate agent on Wednesday last week at around 5pm. Witnesses or anyone with information are being urged to contact Chingford CID on 8345 3016 or anonymously call Crimestoppers
April 24th 2005
A Kelowna man was sentenced to 27 months in jail Thursday for running a dial-a-dope cocaine operation from his car, with his two-month-old son sleeping on the backseat. But the biggest problem for Paul Bowering, 37, was that he was caught while out on bail for the last time he was caught selling dope. Bowering, the youngest son of former Okanagan College president Bill Bowering, has a long history of drug offences. The latest problem began with his last sentence, in February 2002 for dealing narcotics.
Part of his probation order said that he was not to possess cellular phones, pagers or scales. He was still under that order when police spotted his white Infiniti driving around with a licence plate belonging to a blue Ford Bronco. When officers stopped the vehicle, they found 42 grams of marijuana, nearly $9,000 in cash, a bag of cocaine and a box of sandwich bags. More Dealing............
'to be uncooperative with authorities'
April 24th 2005
Drug-sale charges are likely to be filed soon against a man authorities found shot ithe buttocks near Higgins Corner. Although no shooter has been identified, authorities said they believe the victim was linked to a large amount of marijuana and cash found near his vehicle. Nevada County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Powell said a witness saw a man sitting in the Lions Community Center parking lot loudly arguing with a number of young men standing around him about 8:30 p.m. Monday. The witness then heard a loud noise like a firecracker and soon after saw a Chrysler PT Cruiser speed away from the scene with a license plate that started with E1, F1, or 1E. Shooting victim Brandon Sanders, 29, was originally taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center but a hospital spokeswoman said Friday she could not confirm whether he was there. Powell said Sanders had surgery Wednesday for a shotgun wound that could have killed him. "He's lucky to be alive," said Sgt. Bill Evans. "People laugh when people are shot in the butt, but the exit wound can go through the femoral artery, which is as big as your thumb." Such a wound can bleed quickly, often leading to death, he said. When police got to him in parking lot, "he was just soaked in blood as it was," Powell said. "If it had hit him in the artery, he would be long gone." Days after the shooting, Sanders continued to be uncooperative with authorities, Powell said.
"He's not talking," he said. Sheriff's Office officials are preparing marijuana sales charges against Brandon Sanders, who was found with almost three pounds of pot in some nearby bushes. "We're pretty sure the shooting and dope are related," said Sgt. Bill Evans. Anyone with information about the crime or the PT Cruiser is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 265-7880.
'unexpected drug seizure'
April 23rd 2005
A ROUTINE traffic operation resulted in an unexpected drug seizure for police in the North-West yesterday.Inspector Darren Hopkins, of Burnie Police, said traffic services officers were running vehicle inspections in the lead-up to the long weekend. "We had two operations at East Devonport and Wynyard to inspect vehicles as people left for the long weekend," Insp Hopkins said. But traffic officers stopped a ute and allegedly found a number of Indian hemp plants in the tray of the vehicle. "As a result drug squad officers searched a home in Shorewell and found more cannabis," he said. A man will be charged with supply, possession, use and cultivation of a prohibited substance. Be warned most drug arrests take place while in transit......
'131 plants, three years,' '400 plants, community service'
Two sentences in the same week, confused, I am.
April 23rd 2005
McFadden did not make financial gain from the drugs
A man has been jailed for three years after a cannabis 'factory' was set up in a warehouse he owned in Colwyn Bay. Darren McFadden, 38, admitted possessing the drug with intent to supply at Caernarfon Crown Court. He also admitted permitting premises to be used for the production of the drug after 131 plants were found. His defence barrister said he did not realise until January 2004 what the warehouse, which he sub-let, was being used for. Judge Huw Daniel described it as the largest cannabis factory ever discovered in North Wales. The warehouse off Abergele Road had been leased to a man who McFadden, who lived locally, thought wanted to store furniture. The wholesale value of the drug was put at £23,000 and the street value as £58,000, but Judge Daniel remarked there would be at least two crops a year. The court heard from McFadden's defence barrister that he had played no part in the operation but became "sucked in". Sandwich bar owner McFadden had received £15,000 a year in rent for the sub-let but had played no other part in the operation, the court was told in mitigation. An earlier hearing was told he was too scared to report the situation and had been told the man sub-letting the warehouse would be leaving soon.
'street value of the drugs is almost $900,000'
April 22nd 2005
LAVAL, QUE. – Laval police are calling it one of the largest drug seizures in their history. A 44-year-old man was arrested at his home on Wednesday, and will appear in court on charges of possessing and trafficking drugs.Police spokesperson Guy Lajeunesse says several types of drugs were seized, including 14,000 litres of the date-rape drug GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric acid). "We got 14,000 pills of ecstasy, [and almost] 7,000 pills of speed. We got some cannabis and coke. We seized over $35,000 of Canadian money, $35,000 of U.S. money. We got two fake guns over there," Lajeunesse says. Police say the street value of the drugs is almost $900,000.
April 21st 2005
Prosecutors allege that Kollie, 23, of Garden Street, was one of four men to have sexual relations with a 17-year-old woman on April 9 after providing her with enough beer and marijuana to render her senseless. Police got involved at 11:20 p.m. on April 9 when doctors at Memorial Hospital called, reporting a patient who was stating she had been raped. The 17-year-old was taken to the hospital by rescue after she arrived home and her mother became alarmed because she kept passing out, police say. The teen-ager later told police that she had been given beer, cognac and marijuana through the night by four men she met while walking down Lonsdale Avenue earlier in the evening. The teen-ager told police she had consensual sex with one man but was then forced to have sex by the other three, officers allege. She was treated at the hospital for possible alcohol poisoning and later released to her mother. Detectives Robert Matook and Michael McKenna began the investigation that night, learning the name of at least one of the four men seen with the teen-ager that night.
Police raids net cannabis find
April 21, 2005
Police in central Australia say they have found about $95,000 worth of cannabis in two separate raids in Alice Springs. Police say they found $80,000 worth of the drug at a home this week.
A 40-year-old man was arrested during the raid. He has been charged with possessing and supplying a commercial quantity of cannabis. The man has been released on bail and is due to appear in court at the end of the month.
Last week, police arrested a 65-year-old man during a raid of his home in Gillen, where they allege they found almost 1000 grams of cannabis.
'You lucky bastard'
By Shirley English
20 April 2005
A COMPUTER consultant who quit his £60,000 job to grow cannabis plants in his attic as pain relief for his sick mother escaped a jail term yesterday.
Stephen Renton, 38, from Newtongrange, in Midlothian, was arrested after cannabis plants worth £77,000 were discovered by firefighters during a blaze at his home caused by an electrical fault. Over two years he had cultivated about 20 different cannabis varieties and had used them to try to develop a pain- relieving cream for his mother Sheila, 67, who suffered from chronic nerve-end damage. The High Court in Edinburgh was told that his father, Colin Renton, 67, bought the flat next-door to the family home and his son knocked the two attics together for his cannabis garden. After the fire last May police seized a small library of books on cultivation methods. There was also a sophisticated hydroponic growing system worth £6,000, an electrical generator and powerful lighting. In a garage were seeds and plant cuttings stored in bin bags. Full Excuse............
'military-grade ammunition and marijuana'
April 19th 2005
Police, acting on a tip, arrested a 43-year-old Santa Barbara man and seized various semiautomatic rifles and illegal martial arts weapons from a home in the 400 block of West Valerio Street, authorities said Monday. "Detectives developed information that Donald Mobley was using illegal drugs at his residence," said Lt. Paul McCaffrey, a Santa Barbara Police Department spokesman. "Police concern was heightened because Mr. Mobley has several firearms registered to him." Also of concern was the welfare of Mr. Mobley's 17-year-old son, who lived at the home. Four of the nine firearms found in the home appear to be in violation of the California assault weapons ban, police said. On Friday, police arrested Mr. Mobley and seized two .308-caliber rifles and a 9 mm rifle with a 100-round detachable magazine, among other weapons. Also taken were dozens of loaded magazines, military-grade ammunition and marijuana, Lt. McCaffrey said. Mr. Mobley was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, possession of firearms and illegal weapons, possession of marijuana and endangering a minor. He was released on bail.
'and marijuana possession'
April 19 2005
JONESBORO, Ga. - Police chased a man driving a stolen truck bearing a construction crane for 40 minutes through southern Atlanta suburbs Monday until it overturned after being disabled by a tire-flattening device. Clayton County Police said the 16-wheel vehicle was taken from a roofing and deck-building company shortly after 7 a.m. The winding chase reached speeds of 90 mph but slowed to 30 mph after a "stop stick" was placed in front of the vehicle. The truck grazed a pickup as it flipped over onto the driver's into a lawn. Several police officers pulled the suspect from the passenger side window. There were no serious injuries. Charles Downey, 34, of Atlanta was charged with theft by receiving, reckless driving, fleeing police and marijuana possession, said Capt. Jeff Turner, a police spokesman. Turner said there was no explanation of why the truck was taken and that Downey did not work for the company that owned it. "They did find some marijuana on him, so apparently there were some drug issues," Turner said.
'Cannabis seeds, man arrested'
April 18 2005
Gene Guilfoyle 49 was reprimanded by the judge for failing to complete a pre sentence investigation as ordered. Platte County District Court Judge Robert Steinke Friday revoked Guilfoyle's bond and ordered him held without bond in the Platte County Detention Facility until the report could be made. Sentencing was rescheduled for 10 a.m. May 3. may the lord have mercy on you Judge Steinke said as Guilfoyle was lead away. Guilfoyle was then walked across the courthouse to the County Courtroom, where he was given a bond review stemming from his arrest early Friday morning following a traffic stop, Guilfoyle allegedly led police on a chase with speeds exceeding 180 mph around Gans Lake in a Volvo T5r, police later discovered it had also been fitted with a nitrous kit. On March 16, Guilfoyle was convicted by a jury of one count of possession of cannabis seeds and one count of failure to appear. Both are Class IV felonies, with a sentencing range of up to 30 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines. He was out on bond during the trial and was ordered to undergo a PSI. When a police officer pointed out the bag of seeds to another officer, Guilfoyle was heard to say "its a fair cop guv,society's to blame", he made off but was apprehended a short time later, police found him hiding in a greenhouse at the rear of his mothers house. He then failed to appear for a subsequent court hearing on the case. I wonder why.......
More Firing Squads?
April 18 2005
Nine Australians arrested in a dramatic Bali heroin bust will face a firing squad if convicted of trying to smuggle drugs out of Indonesia and into Australia, the head of the island's police anti-drugs squad said. The nine - eight men and one woman - were nabbed by Indonesian authorities following an Australian Federal Police operation dating back to February. Five were arrested in the departure lounge of Bali airport while waiting for a flight to Sydney allegedly with bags of heroin strapped to their bodies, Colonel Bambang Sugiarto told AAP. Others, including an alleged drug ring boss - nicknamed the "Godfather" - were caught at a hotel. He said 10.9kg were seized at the airport and 350g were found at a hotel. He said the case mirrored that of Gold Coast woman and alleged marijuana trafficker Schapelle Corby, but was far more serious as it involved category one drugs. "It involves exporting or importing drugs. If found guilty, death penalty," he said. More Death................
Should we believe self-serving, ever-growing drug enforcement/drug treatment bureaucrats, whose pay and advancement depends on finding more and more people to arrest and "treat"?"
"More Americans die in one day in prisons, penitentiaries, jails, and stockades than have ever died from marijuana throughout history. Who are we protecting? From what?"
DR. FRED OERTHER
"sums the whole thing it up for me",
'30 beers on top of his anti-depressant medication'
By Tim Clark
April 18, 2005
A PERTH man arrested after allegedly assaulting a fellow hotel patron was suffering an apparent psychosis after consuming 30 beers on top of his anti-depressant medication, his lawyer said today. Wayne John Burne, 37, was remanded in custody following a brief appearance in Perth magistrates court this afternoon where he faced one charge each of causing grievous bodily harm, possessing a controlled weapon and cultivating cannabis. Burne's lawyer, Michael Hawkins, told the court his client had been on sickness benefits for the past three or four years after being diagnosed with depression. He was taking three separate prescription medications but also routinely smoked two joints of marijuana each day, Mr Hawkins said. Prior to the alleged assault Burne had consumed 30 beers and "suffered from what appeared to be psychosis", he told the court. "His wife has told me he feared he would be attacked by four men and that's why he had with him the ceremonial sword." More fisticuffs..........
April 18 2005
ATHOL -- An Essex man was arrested on Route 2 in Phillipston yesterday on marijuana charges. State police from the Athol barracks said Thomas J. Irwin, 20, of Essex is charged with illegal possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was arrested about 6 p.m. by Trooper Michael Noble, who said bagged marijuana, scales and other drug paraphernalia was found in the car. Mr. Irwin was held at the Athol barracks last night, but was expected to post bail.
'domestic violence to grand larceny'
April 18 2005
Two South Carolina football players were arrested early Sunday morning and charged with simple marijuana possession. Sophomore linebacker Josh Johnson, 20, and sophomore defensive back Ty Erving, 20, were spotted in a parked car not far from the university around 12:05 a.m., according to a police report. The officer saw the car with its windows partially open, smelled marijuana and ordered Johnson, Erving and 18-year-old Justin Johnson out, according to the report. A search of the vehicle found a small amount of marijuana and all three were cited, according to the report. The athletics department should receive a copy of the incident report Monday. Athletic director Mike McGee will review it before deciding whether the players should be disciplined, spokeswoman Michelle Schmitt said Sunday night. Since the end of last season, nine other Gamecock football players have been arrested on charges ranging from domestic violence to grand larceny.
April 17 2005.
A Flanders man, 69, told police that a man visited his Royal Avenue home on April 5 and demanded stereo equipment. Stole a chicken sandwich from the fridge, the assailant allegedly opened his jacket to reveal what looked like the black handle of a gun stored in his waistband, then he said he would be back in a little while. The victim called the police. A Riverhead man, 25, driving a 1992 Plymouth, was subsequently stopped by police at Royal Avenue and Route 24. The man had no gun, but approximately 28 grams of marijuana were found inside his jacket pocket, according to police records. Nice.
'nervous driver busted With 173 Pounds Of Marijuana'
Sat:16: April 2005
Late Thursday Longview-Jacksonville: afternoon police stopped a Greyhound bus on Interstate 20, near the Harvey Road exit. Secretly stashed inside the vehicle: 173 pounds of marijuana. It was stored in a compressed form. The blocks of marijuana were welded into metal boxes, which were then welded into the gas tank of the SUV. Investigator Mark Waters with the Precinct 5 Constables Office made the stop. He says the nervous driver and the tampered-with gas tank made him suspicious. "I brought the vehicle back to our office and the gas tank was removed and after several hours of cutting and welding we removed the boxes and they contained 173 pounds of highly compressed, green marijuana," says Waters. 45-year-old Ruth Martinez is charged with second degree felony possession of marijuana. She told officials she was from Tucson, Arizona and was transporting the marijuana to Birmingham, Alabama.
15-hundred mature marijuana plants 'Struth'
April 16 2005
The RCMP in British Columbia believe they have busted a major marijuana grow-op assembled by organized criminals. The bust in Central Okanagan yielded 15-hundred mature marijuana plants, surveillance cameras, motion detectors, guard dogs and thousands of dollars worth of electrical equipment. Members of the RCMP's Southeast District drug section and city detachment executed a search warrant at a house in the rural area of Ellison in north Kelowna. Investigators won't say whether they suspect the Hells Angels were bankrolling the grow-op.
'There are 1 million fugitives in the FBI's national database. There are at least 8 million illegal immigrants in the US, but the police are lobbying against farmers who want to plant hemp and they can spend six months investigating campus cannabis sales in Ann Arbor'.
'40 pounds of pot in their car'
By Angela Hill and Quincy Cromer
April 15 2005
The operator of a recognized East Bay medical marijuana dispensary and his girlfriend were pulled over on Highway 101 near Willits in Mendocino County Tuesday night for a traffic violation, then both arrested on suspicion of transporting about 40 pounds of pot in their car. Winslow Norton, 24, and Jessica Gibson, 20, both of Berkeley, say they presented sheriffs deputies with documentation that they were taking the pot back to the medical marijuana dispensary called The Compassionate Cooperative of Alameda County in an unincorporated part of Hayward, their attorney William Panzer said Thursday. Full Tale..............
'jailed for a total of 35 years'
Apr 15 2005
THREE Croydon men were part of a drugs gang jailed for a total of 35 years for conspiring to supply cannabis. Ringleader William Surrey, 37, a builder from Goodwin Road, Waddon, Leslie Gillam, 47, of Kenwood Ridge, Kenley and Daniel Brandon, 36, of Sycamore Close, South Croydon were jailed at Kingston Crown Court on April 8 for their part in the crime. The gang was arrested in April last year after the Met's Territorial Crime Squad followed an articulated lorry packed with the drugs from Croydon to Birmingham. Full Conspiracy........
Twister uncovers pot operation in Florida
April 15 2005
PALM BAY, Fla. - A tornado that ripped through Geoffrey Crook's home didn't just tear away his roof. Authorities say it exposed his elaborate marijuana-growing operation. Crook, 41, was charged Tuesday with possession and manufacturing of cannabis after police officers served him with an arrest warrant at his job. He was released on $1,000 bond Tuesday night. The operation had lamps, hydroponic equipment and log books. Fifty-four marijuana plants neatly arranged in the master bedroom had a street value of about $8,000, authorities said. The operation was uncovered in February after a twister, with winds whipping up to 112 mph, tore away Crook's roof. Palm Bay police and other emergency crews were searching through the debris for injured victims when they came across the 2- to 3-foot plants. Crook was not at home during the storm. Crook had a disconnected telephone number and couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday. Hardly Surprising..............
'Gold nuggets to buy cannabis'
By Greg McLean
April 14, 2005
A 17-year-old on bail for firearms offences is alleged to have led a gang on a three-day crime spree which totalled tens of thousands of dollars.Goods totalling more than $70,000 were stolen during the rampage, which extended from Darwin to KatherinePolice allege the 17-year-old male and three females, aged 15, 17 and 18, broke into several homes in Darwin's CBD after attending a party together last Friday night.The gang is then believed to have stolen a vehicle in Darwin after the 17-year-old ringleader failed to report to police as a condition of his bail.The gang members then drove to Katherine, where they allegedly carried out up to five break-and-enters before returning to Darwin in another stolen four-wheel-drive.Police said while returning to Darwin they carried out three more break-ins at Pine Creek, which included the theft of about $5000 worth of gold nuggets.The two vehicles were valued at $65,000.A further $3000 worth of property also was stolen.Police received information the teenagers used some of the nuggets to buy cannabis in Darwin. Full Break-and-Entering.............
10-year-old Waikato boy is in the custody of a relative after his father allegedly tried to use him as a human shield against a police dog on Wednesday. Police had been looking for the man, who they wanted to talk to about a number of burglaries in Taupo, and caught up with him near Cambridge. Police say they did not know the boy was with him when they released the dog. Constable Mike Henderson says the man put the child down as the animal approached, and then hit it with a bucket full of cannabis that he had been holding in his other arm. More Bites.................
jailed for four-and-a-half years
By Sue Austin
April 13 2005
Two men from near the Shropshire/Welsh border have been jailed after a £1.4 million drugs bust - the biggest in the history of North Wales police. Cannabis worth £86,000 was found in the boot of a BMW after one man tried to outrun police at speeds of up to 100mph. Meanwhile, just over £250,000 in cash was found by police stashed in his accomplice's house and car. David Llewellyn Jones, 47, of Cysulog Farm, Dinmael, Corwen, admitted conspiring to supply cannabis, cultivating the class C drug and possessing criminal proceeds. He was yesterday jailed for four-and-a-half years at Chester Crown Court. His 'banker' Michael Morris, 60, unemployed, of Woodlands Grove, Froncysyllte, near Llangollen, was jailed for 30 months after admitting acquiring and controlling criminal property. Andrew Thomas, prosecuting, told Chester Crown Court that the haul of cannabis was the biggest ever seized by North Wales police, who were praised for their very professional operation by Judge Stephen Clarke. Jones's girlfriend, Helen Osbyrne, 38, of Badger's Park, Little Neston, Wirral, who had £78,000 hidden in the attic of her home, was jailed for six months for concealing the proceeds of crime. Her sister, Claire Osbyrne, 35, of Silkstone, Barnsley, was given a 120-hour community punishment order after she admitted concealing £25,000 of bank notes, also the proceeds of crime.
Oshkosh man collared in high-speed car chase
By Jim Collar
April 13/ 2005
A 29-year-old Oshkosh man who prosecutors say led police on a high-speed chase on city streets in February pleaded not guilty to one felony and six misdemeanors Tuesday morning. Stanley Bajdan, 29, was arraigned in Winnebago County Circuit Court on a charge of fleeing police, and misdemeanors including hit-and-run, operating after revocation and operating while intoxicated. According to the criminal complaint, an Oshkosh police officer ran Bajdan's license plate after noticing suspicious behavior. The officer turned on his emergency lights after finding that the driver had five outstanding warrants. Bajdan refused to pull over. Bajdan throughout the chase passed through stop signs and squeezed past other cars in the roadways. Speeds reached 95 mph before Bajdan crashed his car near the railroad tracks on East Murdock Avenue and fled by foot. Police soon later apprehended Bajdan in a nearby lumberyard. Officers found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the car, the complaint states. Bajdan is free from custody after posting a $2,000 cash bond. He could receive a sentence of more than 17 years of imprisonment if convicted on the charges. No date for trial was set Tuesday.
"with sniffer dogs and full riot gear"
By Ben Ashford, South London Press
April 13 2005
The Amsterdam-style smokers' den was said to be based in a popular South London restaurant which pulls in hundreds of customers a week. Smokers could place their order at the counter before heading to a comfy basement lounge to savour their stash, it is claimed. Drug officers say they found portions of the drug packaged and ready for sale alongside tasty snacks and pastries. The alleged racket, based in Agadir restaurant and kebab shop in Streatham High Road, went up in smoke when cops working 100 yards away became suspicious. Officers with sniffer dogs and full riot gear (a bit over the top guy's) stormed the premises last Tuesday and seized hundreds of pounds of suspected cannabis. A number of customers were allegedly caught with the class-C narcotic inside. Full Riot........
'the smell of burning marijuana'
April eleven 2005
Three people were arrested on drug charges and a fourth was referred to court after a Salina police officer, acting on a tip, found marijuana in a Salina apartment. Deputy Salina Police Chief Barry Plunkett said Monday that someone called police about 11:30 p.m. Friday about the smell of burning marijuana coming from 831 E. Wayne, Apt. 101. The officer, given permission to search the house, found about 60 grams of marijuana, scales and paraphernalia. Plunkett said 52 grams of the marijuana was packaged into eight separate plastic bags. Elauterio M. Taylor, 18, 831 E. Wayne No. 101, was arrested on charges that include possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school. Arrested on marijuana possession charges were Eric K. Malleck, 19, 837 E. Wayne No. 101 and Samuel R. Lopez, 21, 831 E. Wayne No. 101. Nicolas V. Trevino, 20, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear in court on a charge of possession of marijuana.
Queensland's Sunshine Coast
April eleven 2005
A man was killed and buried in sand dunes after pocketing $3,500 meant for a drug buy, a Brisbane court has been told. Four men from Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Adam Bargenquast, 30, Wade Anthony Davis, 24, Jon David Farthing, 35, and Mark William Holmes, 47, have pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court to murder, assault and deprivation of liberty. In his opening address to the jury, Crown Prosecutor Todd Fuller said the men killed Kerrie Palmer, 20, and assaulted a number of people who knew him. Mr Fuller said that in January, 2003, Mr Palmer had agreed to buy a quantity of cannabis for Farthing. It is alleged that instead of buying the drug, Mr Palmer pocketed the $3,500 cash, prompting a search for him by Holmes, Davis, Bargenquast and Farthing. In their bid to find him, an acquaintance of Mr Palmer was threatened.
They eventually found Mr Palmer hiding in some bushes on Coral Tree Avenue, at Noosaville, about 10pm on January 23. Mr Fuller said Mr Palmer was caught and killed. His body was found buried in sand dunes near the Twin Waters Resort. The trial before Justice Margaret Wilson continues.
"drugs were a plant for the demonstration"
April eleven 2005
Deputy Gabe Eckert shows his dog Reno the four boxes from which he has to choose. After a quick pass, Reno picked out the box containing a bag of marijuana and pawed it open for inspection. When a bag of marijuana showed at the New England Club monthly luncheon, Reno, a German Shepherd drug dog with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, and his handler Sarasota Sheriff's Deputy Gabe Eckert searched it out. The drugs were a plant for the demonstration, and not part of the potluck, pitch-in luncheon. Reno not only searches and retrieves drugs and criminals, he has been trained to guard and protect. When Diane Willis was allowed to come within 10 feet of the dog, Reno leaped into the air, growling and ready to protect his master. Thanks to the strength of both Eckert and Reno's leash, Reno was held back from attacking. nice..
A Spanish citizen, a French businessman and a Morrocan trader
April ten 2005
Moroccan customs have seized 16 tonnes of cannabis resin stashed in a potato-laden lorry bound for France, the official news agency MAP reported on Saturday. MAP quoted senior customs official Dalil Skali as saying the cannabis resin hidden in the potatoes was discovered just the lorry was about to be loaded onto a ship headed to France from Morocco's main business city Casablanca. The haul, seized on Thursday, has a street value of 160 million dirhams (US$18.6 million), MAP said, adding police arrested the lorry driver, identified only as Spanish citizen, a French businessman and a Morrocan trader. The biggest reported cannabis haul in Morocco weighed 19 tonnes and was seized in the northern Tangier five years ago.
Tuck shop" drugs mum escapes jail
April nine 2005
A mother who ran what the prosecution claimed was a `tuck shop` for drugs in Greater Manchester escaped a jail sentence today after a judge decided it was not clear whether she had sold cannabis to children.Julie Morris, 46, cut the dope into tiny amounts, selling it from her Ford Mondeo and from her home in Benton. During her trial Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court heard she had a list of 38 customers, some as young as 13, and sometimes sold drugs for as little as 20p a time.She was cleared of two counts of supplying cannabis to schoolgirls aged 13 and 14 but found guilty of one count of supplying the drug to other people.She had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of possessing cannabis with intent to supply, telling the court she gave it to her son to monitor his drug habit. Full intent.......................
April nine 2005
A MAN has been released on bail after his arrest on suspicion of raping a woman in a Carlisle city centre car park.The 22-year-old, from Carlisle, was bailed pending further enquiries following the reported rape of a 20-year-old woman off Botchergate in the early hours of Thursday.A woman was attacked at about 12.30am at English Gate Plaza - only a short walk from the city’s main strip of pubs and clubs.Police say they later arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of rape and suspicion of possession of cannabis.He was quizzed by officers before being released on police bail on Thursday.A force spokesman said: “A man was bailed pending further enquiries.”
Cannabis cookies grandmother spared jail
April eight 2005\
A grandmother who cooked up treats laced with cannabis for her friends and neighbours walked free from court today.
Patricia Tabram, who prides herself on her home-made herbal cookies, casseroles and soups, admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply from her home in East Lea, Humshaugh, near Hexham, Northumberland.
The sprightly 66-year-old, who cuts an unlikely figure as a drug dealer, had cooked up treats laced with the drug for neighbours and friends in her village after being introduced to it last year.
Today, Tabram returned to Newcastle Crown Court to be sentenced.
Jailing the former chef for six months, suspended for two years, Judge David Hodson, the Recorder of Newcastle, said the offence was so serious only a jail sentence was appropriate, however he would not be making her a martyr.
He said: "People in this part of the world cannot fail to have noticed that you have been caught up in a media circus. It might be that you have been trying to tempt the courts into making a martyr of you. I am not going to do this.
"I consider that this offence merits imprisonment which I fix at six months. However, I am persuaded that there are exceptional circumstances which justifies a suspension of the sentence for a period of two years." Outside court, an unrepentant Tabram said she would, and has, continued to take cannabis.
"casseroles and soups"
Scotsman.com April eight 05
A 66-year-old grandmother will be sentenced today for drug dealing. Patricia Tabram has previously pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply from her home in East Lea, Humshaugh, near Hexham, Northumberland. The former chef, who prides herself on her home-made herbal cookies, casseroles and soups, cuts an unlikely figure as a drug dealer. The grey haired and spectacled grandmother-of-two has cooked up treats laced with the illegal herb for neighbours and friends in her village after being introduced to it last year. However, Northumbria Police were tipped off about the savoury smells and activities coming from Mrs Tabram gaff.
2-month-old child's positive test for THC
T Staff April eight 05
A Portales woman faces child-abuse charges after her child tested positive for a chemical found in marijuana, according to police reports. Catherine Houston-Sprayberry, 23, of Portales, faces charges of abandonment or abuse of a child, possession of paraphenalia and possession of marijuana. The abuse charge is resulting from the 2-month-old child's positive test for THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the main active ingredient in marijuana. According to a police report, officers with the Portales Police Department reported to Houston-Sprayberry's home on Sunday after being contacted by a member of her boyfriend's family. The family member, who had taken the baby back to her home, gave the responding officer a marijuana pipe and said she found it on Houston-Sprayberry's stomach, according to the report. Houston-Sprayberry woke up after several attempts by officers. The baby was taken into the custody of Children Youth and Families Department and taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for an evaluation.
"beautician would not face a firing squad"
By Cindy Wockner
April 08, 2005
ACCUSED drug smuggler Schapelle Corby could escape the death penalty and serve any prison sentence in Australia following a spate of last-ditch diplomatic moves.Sources in Canberra last night told The Daily Telegraph they were more hopeful the 27-year-old beautician would not face a firing squad if found guilty of smuggling 4.1kg of cannabis into Bali. Those comments came as Australian Justice Minister Chris Ellison travelled to Indonesia to lobby his counterpart Hamid Awaluddin on Ms Corby's case. Senator Ellison was in Jakarta to negotiate a deal opening the way for Australians who are convicted of serious offences overseas to serve their time at home. He denied the Australian Government's lobbying was tantamount to intervening in the prosecution. "I don't think anyone would ask us or expect us to intervene in court proceedings," he said. "That would be an inappropriate request in Australia and an inappropriate request in Indonesia." But he confirmed he would do all he could within the bounds of the law to help Ms Corby, Full Tale................
copious amounts of cannabis,"nice word"
Newswraps: April seven 2005
MOSCOW:Officers from the regional branch of the Federal Drug Control Service arrested the man, whose name has not been released, on March 28 in his apartment in the city of Voskresensk after receiving a tip that he was cultivating copious amounts of cannabis, drug control spokeswoman Yekaterina Kosova said. Upon searching the apartment, police discovered indoor growing equipment -- including heat lamps and automatic watering devices -- and learned the suspect had tapped an outdoor power line in an apparent attempt to save money on his electricity bill, Kosova said. Police confiscated 84 cannabis plants along with 190 grams of marijuana and a stash of hashish, Kosova said. Police also confiscated several packages of different sorts of hemp seeds -- a veritable starter's kit for growing marijuana -- that the suspect had apparently received in the mail from abroad, she said. The suspect, who Moskovsky Komsomolets reported was 35 years old, has been charged with possession of a large amount of an illegal substance. A conviction carries up to 10 years in prison. Kosova said police were preparing to also charge the suspect with selling the marijuana and hashish to teenagers who frequented a dance club that he ran in Voskresensk. She declined to identify the club. "We are still trying to establish the entire network of dealers before we charge him with dealing," Kosova said. "There was too much in the apartment for him to sell all by himself." Kosova declined to comment on the tip that led police to the suspect. Kosova said cannabis gardeners were rare but not unheard of in the Moscow region. "We have had about five such cases in the last six months," she said.
"terrified" of going to prison
April six 2005
A man who bought ecstasy for his friends and sold cannabis to finance his own drug habit was last night beginning an eight-month jail sentence after being told by magistrates: "These are very, very serious offences". Christopher Pascoe, 21, admitted possessing 99 ecstasy tablets worth about £390 and 204 gms of cannabis just under lb,204 gms is not just under a lb,-- with a street value of £1100 with intent to supply others. Nicholas Crampton, prosecuting, told Central Norfolk magistrates at Swaffham that the drugs were found when police armed with a search warrant raided Pascoe's home in Chapel Road, Attleborough, on December 30. Officers discovered a number of containers, each with different quantities of herbal cannabis, and a packet of 99 ecstasy tablets in a safe. A set of scales, a packet of small bags and a hydroponic kit for growing plants were also found by police. James Landles, mitigating, said Pascoe had no previous convictions, recognised the seriousness of the offences and was "terrified" of going to prison. More Pushing.................
Some scales and a mask: Zorro?
Newswraps: April five 05
A man is facing a variety of charges after a high-speed chase early today through East Savannah and Chatham County. It ended when the driver lost control of the car at Johnny Mercer Boulevard and Bryan Woods Road. An officer tried to pull the driver over near Hitch Village just before 4am this morning, but he sped away leading officers on a chase that reached speeds of up to 120 miles an hour on the Islands Expressway. The chase continued toward Wilmington Island when the driver lost control and was quickly caught as he tried to run. Police found a gun they believe the man was carrying, then found some marijuana in the car along with some scales and a mask. The man is being questioned and will be taken to the Chatham County jail when police decide on charges. a few to choose from then....
"The message is police can't have shortcuts"
April five 05
AN ILLEGAL search by Durham Regional Police undermined the prosecution's case in the discovery of more than 500 marijuana plants in a Pickering grow-op, a judge ruled yesterday. Justice Barry MacDougall dismissed all four drug charges against Edmond Kim, 30, saying police violated his Charter rights with an illegal search. The judge ruled there was no immediate threat to life or evidence that would have justified a search without a warrant. MacDougall excluded all the evidence including more than $400,000 worth of marijuana -- seized in the search and tossed out the charges. "The message is police can't have shortcuts, violate people's rights by conducting illegal searches," said Kim's lawyer, Leora Shemesh. "There is a running theme in Durham that every Asian person in this community has a grow-op. How many homes do police break into and find nothing?" Police action was triggered by a report of two vicious dogs, a Rottweiler and a Labrador-cross, running wild in the Highview Rd. area and a report that a boy had been bitten. More Bites.............
Death penalty bad news for Corby: Amnesty International(AI) has warned.
Sorce AAP: April 5th 2005
Indonesia has recently resumed its use of the death penalty in a move that does not bode well for accused Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby, Amnesty International(AI) has warned. The human rights organisation's anti-death penalty network coordinator Tim Goodwin said while countries were gradually moving away from capital punishment, the world's largest Muslim nation had abruptly resumed executions last year. Since then four people have been put to death in relatively quick succession, he said. "They had not executed somebody in a couple of years and before that there was a gap back to 1996 or something like that," Brisbane-based Mr Goodwin told AAP. "The resumption is definitely a worrying sign." Corby is on trial for her life after customs officers found 4.1kg of marijuana in her boogie board bag at Bali's Denpasar airport last October. The 27-year-old Gold Coast beauty therapy student has repeatedly expressed her innocence but, if found guilty, she could face death by firing squad. More...
'an unusual smell'
New Zealand :5 April 2005
Tauranga police have recovered more than 20 kgs of dried cannabis from a residence in Welcome Bay. Uniformed officers were speaking to the occupant on an unrelated matter when they detected an unusual smell. A subsequent search found a large quantity of cannabis drying on the floor of two bedrooms. A 34-year-old decorator has been charged with cultivation, and possession for supply, and will appear in court this afternoon. Environmental & Odour Control required...