Cannabis Seeds

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.



'walked free from court'
August 31st 2005:

A Student who grew thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants in a flat has walked free from court. The High Court in Glasgow heard Billy Corr, 21 had converted the home, in Rupert Street in the city's west end, into a hothouse. He was caught after a man living downstairs complained about a damp patch in his ceiling. The landlord then found hundreds of cannabis plants in the flat and alerted police.
Judge Lord Mackay of Drumadoon told Corr that he could have jailed him but as the accused's role was limited to growing the plant, not selling the drug, instead ordered him to undertake 120 hours of community service. He was also put on probation for three years. An earlier court hearing was told the street value of the plants produced was between £35,000 and £70,000, More Freedom.........


'Homeward Bound'
August 30th 2005:


Woodstock.New York> Singer Art Garfunkel, who pleaded guilty last year to pot possession in upstate New York, was charged again Sunday after a marijuana cigarette was allegedly found in the ashtray of his car, state police said. The 63-year-old Garfunkel, who lives in Manhattan, was charged after being pulled over for failing to stop his vehicle at a stop sign, The Daily Freeman of Kingston reported Tuesday. Upon approaching Garfunkel's car, a trooper noticed a strong odor of marijuana and a subsequent search turned up a joint in the ashtray, the newspaper reported. He was issued a ticket and is due back in Woodstock Town Court on September 23


'growing in greenhouse'
August 30th 2005:


Broadview RCMP uncovered one of the largest drug growing operations ever known to exist in the area after the search of a farm yard south of Whitewood resulted in the discovery of close to 4,000 marijuana plants worth nearly $4 million dollars. The discovery was made with the help of Waldo K9s top sniffer dog,during the execution of a search warrant at a residence and farm yard located approximately five miles south of Whitewood and one mile east. The search, which began August 11, took RCMP officers until the following day to complete due to the quantity of marijuana discovered. During the two days of searching, RCMP officers discovered and seized over 3,900 marijuana plants that had been growing in greenhouse, Full Grow.............


40,000 pot plants seized in Canada bust

August 29th 2005:

Bancroft>Ontario.More than 40,000 marijuana plants were seized in a Bancroft, Ontario, drug bust after a year-long investigation, according to the CBC.

'officers seized the marijuana plants'
August 29th 2005:

One person was arrested after Calhoun County Sheriff Department deputies found a cultivated patch of marijuana in Clarendon Township. Deputies said while investigating a car/deer accident, they found a total of 10 marijuana plants about 5:45 p.m. Sunday. Officers seized the marijuana plants.

'criminal mischief and disorderly conduct'
G. Wayne Laepple
August 29th 2005:

A Selinsgrove youth is in Snyder County Prison after police found a quarter-pounder in his backpack. It wasn't a sandwich, though, it was marijuana. According to borough police, at about 7:44 p.m. Saturday, they were investigating a report of underage drinking at Liberty Alley and West Pine Street. Hans Resiginer, 18, of Selinsgrove, was found to have been drinking, and two liquor bottles were recovered from a parked car. As officers continued their search of the vehicle, Mr. Reisinger suddenly grabbed a backpack from the hands of an officer, broke away and began to run south on Liberty Alley.
Police gave pursuit, chasing him down the alley and through yards, and he was finally taken into custody following a brief struggle with police about two blocks from where he had escaped, Full Mischief........

August 29th 2005:

Sacramento> In the thick of California's illegal marijuana harvest season, agents have seized 752,684 plants with an estimated street value of more than $2.7 billion, already surpassing last year's season total by 22 percent, authorities said. And the state Department of Justice's annual Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, or CAMP, is still a month away from wrapping up operations after the season peak at the end of September. The raids, many in remote, forested terrain, pit agents against often heavily armed guards protecting their marijuana plots. About three weeks ago, a grower was shot dead and a state Fish and Game warden was wounded during a raid on a 24,000-plant pot farm in the hills above Los Tatos.

'I have nothing to say'
August 28th 2005:


Longford man charged after €10m drug find. A 36-year-old man was today charged in connection with the seizure of cannabis worth €10m. Alan Flood, with an address in Urmston, Manchester, was arrested last Wednesday following the discovery of 1.2 tonnes of cannabis hidden in a lorry parked behind a house in Carbury, Kildare. At Dublin District Court, Detective Garda James O’Sullivan, from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said he arrested Flood at Newbridge garda station last night. He was charged at 10.30pm with possession of drugs under section three of the Misuse of Drugs Act and with possession with intent to supply under section 15 of the act. Detective Garda O’Sullivan told the court that Flood replied “nothing to say” to both charges. Flood, who is originally from, Full Say...........

Nikos Axelisana
August27th 2005:

Undercover policemen acting on a tip find cannabis plantation close to Lamia, central Greece, on Friday. Police arrested one suspect in connection to the illegal cultivation's, but two more got away from authorities after a lengthy shootout. Police located a large cannabis plantation outside of Lamia, central Greece, yesterday but failed to arrest two suspects in connection with the cultivation after a lengthy shootout with the armed men. Police said they surrounded a hashish farm they located after a tip-off in an area 18 kilometers south of Lamia yesterday morning, and arrested one man they found sleeping in a small hut next to the plantation. The man had two Russian hand grenades and a hand gun hidden under his bed, police said. Upon seeing the police, they started firing their AK-47 rifles in a bid to escape and managed to get away by crawling through a nearby ravine.


'Gwent police do not tolerate such activity'
August 27th 2005:

strange discovery has been made in woodland in South Wales. Police have appealed for information after 18 cannabis plants, each standing six-and-a-half feet tall, were discovered growing among trees near playing fields in Cefn Fforest, Gwent. The plants were last night being stored at Blackwood Police Station for forensic testing. Neighbourhood officer Kath Parker, who is based at the police station, said, "Gwent Police do not tolerate such activity and would welcome people who know about these plants to provide information as to who is responsible for the cultivation of them."


'my hobby is growing stuff ' August 26th 2005:

A tip led police in Palm Bay, Fla., to a large cannabis field growing in plain view in a man's back yard, according to Local KBCU-TV in Orlando. When officers arrived at Michael Cuffe's home on 1310 Zager Road in Palm Bay this weekend they found cannabis plants growing in the yard. Some of the plants were 9-feet tall, a police report said. Cuffe was arrested Monday after he was allegedly seen on surveillance tape working in the backyard field of cannabis plants. After an investigation, authorities said Cuffe, 66, apparently stayed at the property on weekends to "tend to his crop," according to a police report. During his arrest, Cuffe told Local 9 News that he "likes to grow stuff." "My hobby is growing stuff," Cuffe said. Agents confiscated more than 22 pounds of cannabis worth more than $22,000. Cuffe was charged with cultivation of cannabis and booked into the Brevard County Jail.

'supplying a prohibited drug'
August 26th 2005:

A local man has been jailed for 18 months after facing Grenfell Local Court last week charged with "Supplying a Prohibited Drug". This charge came about as the result of an undercover operation by police in Grenfell this year. The Court was told that Tony Donald (known as the Don) McSpadden, aged 73, of Campbell Street Grenfell, allegedly supplied the drug (Cannabis) on the afternoon of May 24 this year at Grenfell. McSpadden was also charged with supplying cannabis on May 8 of this year.
The Police statement presented to the Court said that Strike Force "Boorabee" was established recently to investigate the sale of illegal drugs within the township of Grenfell. As a result of this operation police targeted the accused in relation to him supplying prohibited drugs. Negotiations were undertaken between the two officers and the accused for him (the accused) to supply each of the undercover officers with a $10 "deal" of cannabis.


€11.5m cannabis, cocaine seizures
August 25th 2005:

Gardaí in Dublin and Kildare are continuing to question five men arrested yesterday following two major cannabis and cocaine seizures.Four of the men - three Irish nationals and a Spaniard - were arrested following the seizure of €10m worth of cannabis during a raid on a house in Carbury, Co Kildare. The fifth - a 34-year-old Irishman - was arrested following an unrelated seizure of 20 kilos of cocaine in the Coolock area of Dublin.

'techniques for cross-pollination'
August 25th 2005:

A man from the Canberra suburb of Higgins has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for growing more than 50 cannabis plants.Armin Rauber, 45, told police the hydroponic set up in his backyard with fluorescent lights, an extraction fan and water supply was just a hobby. He said he was experimenting with 37 seedlings and 18 mature cannabis plants to discover techniques for cross-pollination. He told police he also cured meats and said the digital kitchen scales were used for this purpose. Rauber denied that he smoked cannabis, sold it or supplied it. But today he was sentenced for 15 months in prison on drug-related charges and possession of two unlicensed firearms.

'police acting on a tip'
Ryan Robinson
August 25th 2005:

A coordinated police effort that utilized helicopters to search from the air in support of officers on the ground led to the discovery and removal of 95 marijuana plants from nine locations across Martha’s Vineyard last week. Two Blackhawk military helicopters crisscrossing the state forest and other heavily vegetated areas of the Island Wednesday were the most visible signs of the effort to uproot homegrown marijuana. The operation utilized resources from the National Guard, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and Massachusetts state police. In a separate case, on Thursday police acting on a tip confiscated six additional plants from an area of Land Bank property behind the Oak Bluffs School, Full Tip.....


'trafficking, possession, sell and deliver, struth'
August 24th 2005:

Oxford police found 15 pounds of marijuana at a day-care center, resulting in charges against the center's owner and her son. Gloria Dogers, 56, owner of Dogers Christian Day Care Home, was released on $50,000 bond after being charged Tuesday. She was charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to keep and sell controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her son, James Raymond Teibles, 33, was charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $30,000 bond. Both have a court date of Aug.29. The N.C. Division of Child Development suspended Dogers' license to operate the day care. Oxford police Chief Jack Slipper of the Yard said six children were present when police searched the center Monday afternoon. A police officer called parents, who then picked up their children.


'to eradicate drugs from the community'
Steve Hodder
August 24th 2005:

Heavily-armed police officers stormed a West Dubbo house seizing a quantity of drugs and a sawn-off shotgun yesterday. Officers from the Dubbo Investigative Response Team (DIRT) raided the Yaruga Street property about 10am after a tip-off from the public. Following a detailed search of the property a 29-year-old Dubbo man was arrested and charged with drug and firearm offences. Dubbo crime manager detective inspector Michael Willing revealed the haul netted about 80 grams of high-grade cannabis and a quantity of amphetamine. Mr Willing said the offender was known to police but did not have any prior convictions. "The offender does not have a history of drug or firearms offences," Mr Willing said. "But one has to question why anyone would want a sawn-off shotgun?" Police searched the man's house for more than an hour before escorting him under guard to a waiting paddy wagon, Full Eradication.......


'9,852 kilogrammes of bhang'
Peter Musa
August 24th 2005:

Cases of drug trafficking are on the increase in Kenya, with some 9,852 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa (bhang) being seized by police between January and July this year, compared with 8,486 kilogrammes over the same period last year, the Kenya country crime report 2005 shows. Heroin traffickers, a majority of whom are from Tanzania, are using Kenya's airports and other entry points to smuggle it. It is then repackaged and reshipped to consumer countries in Europe and America, the report said. Full Bhang.......

'police spotted a marijuana plant'
August 23rd 2005:

Carmi authorities arrested a Carmi man Sunday evening on cannabis-related and theft charges.
Thomas T. Tuller, 22, 875 Smith St West., was a passenger in a pickup truck stopped about 12:12 p.m. Sunday at First and Smith streets. Police spotted a marijuana plant between two and three feet tall in the bed of the vehicle and questioned Tuller and the driver; no one was charged at the time. Tuller was also a passenger in a second vehicle stop, occurring about 5:55 p.m. Sunday at Fourth and Fackney streets. Police said a "joint" was found between the passenger seat and passenger door of the vehicle in which he was riding. This time, Tuller was charged with possession of under 2 1/2 grams of cannabis, and he was also arrested on a preliminary charge of illegal manufacture or delivery of between 10 and 30 grams of cannabis in connection with the earlier stop. The police report said more arrests were expected. Full Spot......

'no one was home at the time'
Janis Cleugh
August 21st 2005

Acting on a tip from BC Hydro, police seized $500,000 worth of pot from a Coquitlam home Tuesday night. Coquitlam RCMP's Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) entered the two-storey, 2,200-square foot home in the 600-block of Clarke Road shortly before 9 p.m. and found 925 plants (98.8 kilograms of pot) in four rooms. The plants were ready to be harvested, said Const. Dave Babineau.
MET officers also discovered an electrical bypass in the living room used to power the grow op; the natural gas line also had been tapped into, Babineau said. No one was home at the time. Last week, MET seized 365 marijuana plants in a budding stage from a home also in the 600-block of Clarke Road and arrested two people inside.

'hashish in the amount 0.6 grams'
August 21st 2005:


A 29-year-old French national has been arrested in Bali on drug charges, and faces up to 10 years in jail after allegedly being found carrying less than a gram of hashish. Brazilian-born Da Silva Brughi was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning, after attending a party in Denpasar ahead of Independence Day, according to a police statement. "The seized evidence was hashish in the amount 0.6 grams, which was wrapped in white paper and hidden inside a wallet," the statement said. Mr Brughi, who was travelling on a French passport, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of 500 million rupiah ($66,550). Indonesian courts increasingly have handed down stiff punishments for drug-related crimes, including death sentences for serious offenders. At least 32 people, most of them foreigners, have been sentenced to death for drug offences since 2000, although none of them has yet been put to death. In May, Australian tourist Schapelle Corby was jailed for 20 years for smuggling 4.1kg of marijuana.

'mother shops son growing cannabis' nice,
August 21st 2005:

A Teenager who was shopped by his mum for growing cannabis in a cupboard in his bedroom told magistrates he did it so he "didn't have to fork out money to buy it". Thomas Townley, of Old School Close, Soham. Delia Matthews, prosecuting, said: "Mr Townley was found in a ditch and he told police he had acted as a lookout. In a separate incident, his mother asked police to go and inspect a plant that she had found in a cupboard in Mr Townley's bedroom."Police found a large cannabis plant in a foil-lined cupboard where Townley had rigged up a powerful light bulb to reflect onto the plant in his bedroom. John Aspinall, in mitigation, said: "He had never done anything with it. It was just an attempt to grow cannabis for himself without having to fork out too much money to buy it."There was no separate punishment for the production of cannabis and magistrates ordered that it be destroyed. Full Shop........

'10 years, and life in prison'
Tammy Fonce-Olivas
El Paso Times
August 21st 2005:

A tax compliance officer with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and six other people were indicted in U.S. District Court in El Paso on Friday on charges connecting them to the slaying of an Indiana woman and a Juárez-based marijuana trafficking organization.U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Daryl Fields said the indictment alleges that between January 2004 and Feb. 15, 2005, the defendants conspired to import and distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in the upper Midwest, east and northeastern parts of the United States. Each defendant, if convicted, could face between 10 years and life in prison and a fine of up to $4 million. Named as defendants in an eight-count indictment were, Full Tale.......


Blow is being held in the Henry County jail
August 20th 2005:

Danville:US>A 58 year old man was arrested Thursday on felony drug charges. Scott H. Blow, 58, of rural Danville, was taken into custody after Henry County deputies executed a search warrant of his residence which yielded 89 cultivated marijuana plants. Blow was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and two counts of failure to affix drug tax stamp. Blow is being held in the Henry County jail.

'two kilograms of cannabis'
August 20th 2005:


An incident involving a gunshot being fired in Prospect in Adelaide overnight has led police to a haul of illegal drugs. Police say the incident happened when three people approached the house in Guilford Avenue just before 3:00am. Neighbours reported the group attempted to break into the house but fled after a gunshot was fired. Police were called and found two kilograms of cannabis during a house search. A 28-year-old man from Prospect has been charged with drug related offences and has been bailed to appear in the Holden Hill Magistrates Court at a later date.

100,000 plants have been found this year
Beth Defalco
August 19th 2005:

Phoenix> Arizona's national forests are quickly becoming prime real estate for pot farmers, with about 100,000 marijuana plants discovered this year alone, authorities said Thursday. The discovery of a marijuana farm north of Strawberry on the southernmost part of Coconino National Forest marks the sixth farm found this year by members of the Gila County Narcotics Enforcement Task Force. In all, federal authorities estimated the street value of the drugs to be $150 million. Full Find......

Grandma, that's hash, they said,
August 19th 2005:

An 81-year-old woman with a green thumb got a shock when her grandchildren spotted one of her flourishing plants. Inger Livold was satisfied with the healthy green plant growing by the wall in front of the elderly center, even if she hadn't planted it herself, she told local newspaper Drangedalsposten. The 81-year-old garden enthusiast said that the plant appeared where she usually feeds birds. "It was my grandchildren that spotted it. Grandma, that's hash, they said. You can't have that in the garden," Livold told the newspaper. The pensioner called the police herself and police lieutenant Terje Gautefall confirmed that she had an unusually lush cannabis plant in the garden, NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) reports. The 'culprit' appears to have been birdseed, since the cannabis plant is surrounded by sunflowers.Gautefall confiscated the illegal plant, but Livold has plenty of others to attend to in the center garden.


Louise Hale
August 19th 2005:

Thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants have been unearthed at a premises in Stanwell the second factory to be discovered in the last eight weeks. About 698 illegal plants were seized by police at about 1pm on Thursday, August 4, from a rented semi-detached house in Hannibal Road, Stanwell. The police confirmed the lounge, landing and three bedrooms had been converted with the intention of cultivating the class C drug on an industrial scale. Air conditioning and ventilation systems were also installed. The landlord alerted Surrey Police to report they had discovered the cannabis factory following a call from a neighbour who was concerned there had been a break-in at the premises. The plants were in varying stages of development and a large number were ready to be harvested. The largest plants were approximately two to three meters in height. Full Tale.....


'not the actual dealer'
August 18th 2005:

Police called to an address in Broadfield found cannabis under a baby's cot, magistrates heard. Terry Adamson, 21, of Carman Walk, Broadfield, pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Thursday to possessing cannabis with intent to supply. Richard Lynn, prosecuting, said police went to Carman Walk on August 7 while investigating unrelated matters, but they found a tray of cannabis beneath the cot and decided to carry out a thorough search. "Adamson immediately went to a wardrobe and produced a bag containing individual wraps of cannabis and handed it over," Mr Lynn said. "The total weight of cannabis found was 105 grams, with an estimated street level value of £294. The defendant told police he was paid £60 a week to look after the cannabis." Geoff White, defending solicitor, said: "He was the custodian of the drug, not the actual dealer who sells it on the street." Adamson was remanded on bail for pre-sentence reports until September 8.

'and hydroponic paraphernalia'
August 18th 2005:

More than 460 cannabis plants have been seized during a police raid on a western Sydney home. Police searched the Roselands house, on Prince Georges Road, about 11.15pm (AEST) yesterday and seized 460 cannabis plants, 14kg of cannabis leaf and hydroponic paraphernalia. Police later arrested a 52-year-old man at a home in Meltown. He was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant, deemed supply prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug. The man was granted bail to front court on September 18th.


'released on police bail'
August 18th 2005:

The four men arrested following a raid at cannabis factory on a Bletchley industrial estate have been released on police bail. Police discovered more than 1,000 cannabis plants when they raided the two-storey warehouse unit at Second Avenue, Denbigh East at 9.25pm on Monday. Officers are still carrying out their investigations and the removal of the plants and hydroponic equipment today. The four were interviewed yesterday before being released on police bail while officers carry out further inquiries.The men are a 41-year-old from Godstone, Surrey; a 37-year-old from Exeter, plus a 36-year-old and a 32-year-old from London.

'it is quite a problem on the Lands'
August 17th 2005:

An early morning visit to a local accommodation facility resulted in a $26,000 drug bust last week.
While this is significant in terms of monetary value, the most important part of the bust is stopping the drugs from heading to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands. Bronwyn Brady, 42, of the Amata community was arrested and charged with possessing a contained substance for sale and possessing equipment to administer cannabis. She was bailed on Friday, and has been ordered not to return to the Lands as part of her bail conditions. The drugs were headed for the APY lands, with police citing this find as being significant in reducing the drug problem. "In relation to cannabis, it is quite a problem on the Lands," Marla police Inspector Ashley Gordon said, Full Problem.........


"over-the-top" and "heavy-handed".
Karen Hoy
August 17th 2005:


The manager of the last cannabis cafe in Sussex has vowed to reopen the venue by the weekend despite a dramatic raid by police last week. The drop-in cafe was raided by 40 officers last Thursday in an operation which resulted in three arrests. The police used a thermal torch and heavy duty cutting gear to get through the front doors of the building, which is on the first floor of a warehouse in a small industrial area. Today Mikey Allday, manager of the cafe in Victoria Road, Worthing, vowed that the venue would be open by noon on Saturday and back in business. Despite being closed this week, users of the venue were arriving at the door in droves, disappointed to find that business had been suspended following the raid and an inspection by West Sussex fire brigade officers. Mr Allday, who has run the cafe for more than two years, called the police action "over-the-top" and "heavy-handed".


'jailed in Bali for 1.8g of hash'
Marian Carroll
August 16th 2005:

An Adelaide man has expressed relief and regret after a Bali court handed down a relatively light five-month jail term for using hashish. John Julian Pyle, 42, was arrested in May and charged with possessing 1.8 grams of the drug allegedly bought on the street in Kuta for 200,000 rupiah ($A27) per gram. He has already spent three months in jail, meaning he will be free in about two months. During his trial he admitted owning 0.8g of the stash, but claimed the rest belonged to a woman who he met in a bar in Ubud. Prosecutors had asked for a seven-month sentence. But the Gianyar District Court jailed Pyle for five months for using drugs. The maximum penalty available to the three judges had been four years, Full Hash........


'road-checks and searches'
Ruth Davies
August 16th 2005:

Between the night of Sunday and the morning of Monday, 27 persons were arrested after being caught with drugs by police and members of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). The drugs were discovered during road-checks and searches carried out at two parties, one in Rabat and the other in Paceville. In the Rabat party, five men and five women, aged between 16 and 37 years of age, were arrested after they were caught with cannabis. The persons are from Hal Tarxien, Iklin, Sliema, Zurrieq, Pembroke, Naxxar, Attard and Msida. A foreigner is among the arrested. During the party in Paceville, three men aged between 18 and 24 years of age were found in possession of cannabis and ecstasy. The three men are from Zebbug and Qala, Gozo, Full Check....


'I was growing them for medical purposes' nah...
Tom McCoag
August 14th 2005:

Maccan> Rick Simpson says he wants the RCMP to return the 1,600 marijuana plants they took from the field behind his house last week. "I was growing them for medical purposes," he said this week as he showed off the trampled field where his plants used to grow. A few remain, but Mr. Simpson said they are not enough to create the medication he uses and has provided free to 300 people for a variety of illnesses. The raid was "nothing but a delaying tactic they're using to keep the truth from getting out," he said. Marijuana is a cure for cancer, psoriasis and other skin ailments as well as a treatment for pain related to injuries such as concussions and back injuries, he said,"I learned the truth from my own experience." He said a 1997 work-related accident left him suffering from post-concussion syndrome, where, Full Purpose.....................

'officers harvested the plants'
August 14th 2005:

More than 200 marijuana plants were found by Peterborough County OPP officers early Tuesday morning. Around 1:50 a.m., officers made the find in a field off Jermyn Line in Otonabee-South Monaghan Township. Officers harvested the plants for storage at detachment headquarters in Peterborough that's a new one on me !! The estimated value of the plants is $200,000.

'cannabis worth an estimated $50,000'
August 13th 2005:


A 38 year-old South Australian man has been arrested in Catherine, in the Northern Territory, and charged with supplying and possessing cannabis worth an estimated $50,000. The man had been travelling by bus from South Australia but was taken from the bus and arrested in Catherine on outstanding warrants. When the bus reached its destination of Darwin, a backpack - allegedly belonging to the man - was found on the bus, containing 4.5 kilograms of cannabis.The man had not told Catherine police about the backpack at the time of his arrest. The man has been remanded to appear in court on Monday.

'Vietnamese gangsters'
August 13th 2005:

After a series of raids on ‘pot farms’ operating in rented accommodation, one sited opposite a police station, Newham police have appealed to local landlords and residents to report suspected marijuana factories. The appeal follows a recent success in the area when community police officers, acting on a report from a member of the public, noticed the pungent smell of cannabis coming from a property. A subsequent search found a pot factory with 400 to 500 cannabis plants, a hydroponic cultivation system, lighting equipment and chemicals. Local newspapers have suggested Vietnamese gangsters are likely to be behind the 80 plus pot farms already discovered in rented accommodation across the borough. In these water and electricity supplies had been illegally diverted so as to avoid the costs of running the lighting and irrigation systems needed to grow the marijuana plants. Police believe in some instances children have broken into the houses to steal pot for their own use or to sell on. And in response the criminals growing the crops have taken to booby trapping their growing rooms, sometimes by placing buckets full of acid on top of doors. Full Rain...........

'pulled over on a traffic violation'
Robin Fitzgerald
August 12th 2005:

For the second time in two days, a Texas driver was accused of traveling on Interstate 10 here with a large amount of cannabis hidden in his vehicle. The latest case involves 210 pounds of cannabis with an estimated street value of more than $200,000, said Harrison County Sheriff George H. Payne Jr.In each case, the driver was heading east and was pulled over on a traffic violation. Payne said both drivers agreed to a search. Each was arrested on a charge of possession with intent to distribute. In Thursday's stop, Deputy Matt Haley pulled over a 1996 Ford van on an improper tag violation around 1 a.m. at the 21 mile marker near Menge Avenue. The cannabis was concealed in a compartment in the floor of the van, said Payne, Full Violation........


'Inside were 12 cannabis plants'
David Johns
August 12th 2005:

Cannabis grown by a man in two greenhouses on a 13th-floor balcony landed him in court on a charge of cultivating a controlled drug. Matthew Robert Cross, 39, admitted the charge when he appeared at Redhill Magistrates' Court on Thursday. Paul McGorry, prosecuting, told the court police were called to Cross's 13th-floor flat at Linden Lea, Stubbs Hill, Dorking, where they found two DIY mini-greenhouses on his balcony. Inside were 12 cannabis plants. Mr McGorry said: "There were also two mirrors being used to light onto the growing plants, and a number of lightbulbs which were turned on. He had fitted up a hydro-ponic system and police found compost and all the equipment for the cultivation of cannabis, Full Grow..............


"Acting on information received,
August 11th 2005:


Officers seized "a substantial number" of cannabis plants. A suspected cannabis farm hidden in an industrial unit on the outskirts of Wrexham has been uncovered by police. Officers from North Wales Police raided the premises in the Penley area of the town on Tuesday afternoon. A spokesman said they seized a "substantial number" of plants at various stages of growth. North Wales Police said: "Acting on information received, police at Wrexham executed a search warrant under the misuse of drugs act". Officers are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone using the premises or who knows anything about the operation to come forward. People are being urged to call Wrexham police station on 0845 8071001 (English language line) or 0845 6051002 (Welsh language line)


'acting on intelligence information'
August 10th 2005:

A Queensland man has been charged with attempting to smuggle more than 26kg of cannabis into Australia concealed in bags of sugar. Customs officers, acting on intelligence information, intercepted an air cargo shipment of white sugar from Papua New Guinea on Friday.
An X-ray of the sugar had immediately shown inconsistencies, with an inspection revealing cannabis in 26 of the 28 bags, a Customs spokesman said. The spokesman said that as a result of the find, Australian Federal Police and Customs officers raided a Cairns residence yesterday and arrested a 24 year-old man. Naaman Hohan appeared before the Cairns Magistrates Court today charged with importing a prohibited import under the Customs Act. He was granted conditional bail and is expected to reappear on September 28th.


'About 39,000 cannabis plants'
August 9th 2005:


Toronto> It may be the effects of a hot real estate market in Toronto, but illegal cannabis growers appear to be looking at low-cost northern Ontario land as a way to cut costs, Canadian police said on Monday. In the past two weeks, police have made two massive seizures in sparsely populated towns in northern Ontario a region more famous for mining, timber and paper mills. About 39,000 cannabis plants, with a street value of more than C$40 million ($33 million), were seized in Iroquois Falls and Matheson, Ontario, about 650 km (400 miles) north of Toronto. The operations were about the size of three or football fields, police said. Those arrested were from Toronto, reports said. Police say the low cost of land is likely one reason grow ops may be moving away from the greater Toronto area, where nearly 5 million people live and real estate prices have been on a steady climb for years.

'a sophisticated backyard hydroponic set-up'
Heney Fisk
August 9th 2005:

A police crackdown on suspected drug dealers in Margaret River has led to three people being charged with a range of drug offences. Police carried out raids on three properties in the area and seized a large amount of drugs, including almost $60,000 worth of cannabis from a sophisticated backyard hydroponic set-up. A 44-year-old man living at the property has been charged with cultivation of cannabis with intent to sell or supply. A 31-year-old man living at another property is facing several charges relating to the possession of cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy and the chemical found in magic mushrooms. A 51-year-old woman has been charged with several offences relating to cannabis and amphetamines.The three are due to appear in Margaret River Magistrates Court on Friday.


'inform residents how to spot a grow-ops'
Robert Freeman
August 8th 2005:

Grow-watchers on Fairfield Island watched (and sniffed), and reported, and then Chilliwack’s drug squad pounced. Nearly 850 cannabis plants were seized by police at a Fairbanks Crescent home last week, believed to be the first grow-op bust credited to Chilliwack’s new Grow Watch program.
“It didn’t come in the traditional way” with a report to the detachment, says RCMP Const. Steve Hiscoe, “but in the spirit of what Grow Watch is meant to be – that’s exactly what happened.”
He says RCMP drug strike force officers were investigating another suspected grow-op in the neighbourhood on Killarney Street, when some of the residents told them about the suspicious house on Fairbanks Crescent, just two doors away. “People out walking their dogs at night, I think they could smell cannabis” venting from the home, Const. Hiscoe says. Full Spot...


More than 18,000 plants were seized
Ontario Provincial Police
North Bay Police Service
August 7th 2005:

"Northern Gateway" a joint initiative, with North East Region OPP and the North Bay Police Service, seized another massive marihuana outdoor grow, estimated at $20 million, in Northern Ontario. Assisted by members of the, OPP Emergency Response Unit, Ract, K-9 and Matheson OPP, officers executed a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act Search Warrant at 1020 Hislop Road No. 6 in Hislop Township. More than 18,000 plants were seized in various stages of growth, ranging from two to four feet high. Also seized was offence-related property (tractor, furrow, pump, hoses, hand implements) with an estimated value of $45,000. Arrested at the scene and charged with production of a controlled substance to wit Cannabis Marihuana contrary to Section 7(1) of the Controlled. Drugs and Substances Act are Xian Zhao Li, 39, of Bedale Crescent, Markham, Ontario; and Han Chu Hu, 39, of Lount Street, Toronto. Both accused are being held in custody pending a bail hearing in Timmins Court Monday, Aug. 8, 2005.This is the second largest seizure in the area in the past two weeks. On July 25, 2005, 21,000 plants - the largest seizure ever in Ontario - were seized in an outdoor grow in Iroquois Falls.

'Class X'
James Washburn August 7th 2005:

Former Logan County Paramedic John Short – husband and co-defendant of former Lincoln Police Cpl. Diana Short – pleaded guilty Thursday to manufacturing drugs and was sentenced to six years in prison by Associate Circuit Judge Charles Feeney. Just two days after his wife was formally charged for a thwarted conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine to raise bond for the jailed couple, the 41-year-old Short pleaded guilty to growing hallucinogenic mushrooms and 25 marijuana plants in the basement of their former home. By accepting a plea agreement reached between defense attorney Richard Frazier of Springfield and Logan County State’s Attorney Tim Huyett, Short pleaded guilty to a Class II felony for growing the marijuana and a Class X felony for growing the psilocybin mushrooms Huyett in turn agreed to drop the more serious Class X charge of trafficking a controlled substance, which, if convicted, would have led to at least 12 and up to 60 years in prison. , Full Imprisionment........

'refused bail'
August 6th 2005:


Two men will face court today on drug charges after two separate raids on Sydney properties. Police allege they found a quantity of ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis when they raided a unit in Bondi in Sydney's east last night. A 29 year-old Bondi man was charged with supply and possession of a prohibited drug and two counts of goods in custody. He was refused bail and will appear in Parramatta Local Court this morning. In a second raid, police in the south-west have seized $980,000 worth of hydroponically grown cannabis from a house at Bankstown. Officers searched the William Street property yesterday morning, finding 340 plants at the premises. A 50-year-old man will also face Parramatta Local Court today on cannabis cultivation charges.


'3,100 cannabis plants, and a global positioning system'
Katharhynn Heidelberg
August 6th 2005:

The Delta County Sheriff's Office discovered a mother lode of illicit cannabis Wednesday during fly-over operations - 3,100 mature plants at an estimated street value of $6.2 million. The figure is based on federal estimates that each mature marijuana plant can produce $2,000 worth of the drug.
Fly-overs take place yearly in conjunction with the National Guard, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management as part of federally funded marijuana eradication efforts. The DCSO was flying near Oak Creek west of Cedaredge when it spotted the distinctive green foliage amid the rugged terrain. It was too rough to land, Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor said, so crews marked the spot with a global positioning system and called in ground investigators who drove as far, Full Positioning.....


'cannabis worth £3m'
August 5th 2005:

Two brothers are back in Wales after spending almost six years in a Portuguese jail for a drugs-smuggling crime they say they did not commit. Andrew and Graham Stow are to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights over their convictions for smuggling a haul of cannabis into Faro harbour in 1999. Police claimed they dragged 1.2 tonnes of the drug, worth £3m, across the seabed in nets behind their trawler. The pair, from Milford Haven, appealed twice against their 12-year sentence. The last nine-months of their jail-term was in a British prison, which the brothers said was "a five-star hotel" compared to the "suicide plagued, cockroach-infested hell holes" in Portugal. Full Tale........


'578 Indian cannabis plants'
August 5th 2005:

Police on Wednesday tracked down a big plantation of Indian cannabis at Missolongi and Egialia respectively, arresting two men. In the other case, Patra police in the Pelopponese discovered in the region of Egialia a hashish plantation with 578 Indian cannabis plants and arrested a 38-year-old man on charges that he was cultivating them. According to Patra police, the man cultivated the cannabis plants in specially formed areas within bushes.

'about 100 pounds of cannabis'
Paul McKibben
August 4th 2005:

A Chevrolet sport utility vehicle avoided a random checkpoint at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport at 8:40 p.m. July 27 with three men later fleeing authorities on foot.
The checkpoint was just before Terminal 1. A police officer motioned the vehicle into the checkpoint but the vehicle didn't go into it. Instead it sped up on Terminal Drive, went past the Delta terminal and eventually went into an area that had no exit, according to airport spokesman Ted Bushleman.
Three men in the vehicle jumped out of it with each running in a different direction. One of the men went into the Delta terminal and was caught as authorities were following him with security cameras. That man is Michael Cathey, 34, Detroit. He has been charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking. More.......

'equivalent of 1300 deals of cannabis'
August 4th 2005:

Four kilograms of cannabis have been seized by police from a house in southern Adelaide. About 8g of amphetamine paste and nearly $28,000 in cash was also seized after police searched the Seaford house early today. The drugs seizures meant the equivalent of 1300 deals of cannabis and 80 deals of amphetamine had been removed from the streets, police said. A Seaford man, 33, was charged with numerous drug offences and will appear in court later this month. Police also found six cannabis plants and 4kg of white powder during a search of a house at Pooraka, in northern Adelaide, today. The home appeared to be used as a growing house, with one room set up as a drying room, police said. No arrests over the Pooraka search had been made, and investigations were continuing.


'ordered that Donaldson be deported'
Caribbean Net News
Kenton Chance
August 3rd 2005:

Kingstown> St Vincent: Jamaican reggae star Eric Donaldson was on Monday ordered by a St Vincent magistrate to pay US$46 or spend seven days in jail after he pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana. Donaldson was arrested at the E.T. Joshua Airport while going through security checks on his way to Grenada where he was schedule to perform. The popular singer, who ascended to fame during the 1960s and early 70s, was found in possession of 12 grammes of marijuana last Sunday hours after performing at the P’Tami Resort in Argyle, St. Vincent. He pleaded guilty to possession of the illegal drug when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Simone Churaman on Tuesday. The magistrate also ordered that Donaldson be deported. Police reports are that at about 8:12 a.m. Donaldson checked in at the airport cleared with immigration and was going through a security check when his luggage was searched and eight marijuana “bombs” (a portion used to make a marijuana cigarette) were found. Full Deportation.............


Peter Kennedy
August 2nd 2005:

Vancouver> The fiancée of pro-marijuana activist Marc Emery is "terrified" to think what the future holds after her partner was arrested in Halifax on Friday and charged with selling marijuana seeds over the Internet to customers in the United States."I think this is a complete outrage," said Cheryl Redick, who lives with the self-proclaimed "prince of pot" in a Vancouver apartment, not far from his hemp store in the city's Gastown district. Full Fear............


'very intoxicated'
Newswraps US
Aujust 1st 2005:

A 28-year-old Whitewater man was arrested July 30th on allegations of possession of 1.6 grams of marijuana and driving with a suspended license on State St. near Pine St. The man told officers he knew his license was suspended but had to drive because he was the designated driver and his passengers were "very intoxicated." The man admitted the drugs were his but said he thought the marijuana was old because he has not purchased any since a May arrest for possession.