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.
'plotting to sell £12m worth of herbal cannabis'
December 31st 2005
A cannabis retailer from Crystal Palace is one of a gang of nine accused of plotting to sell £12m worth of cannabis - the biggest haul ever made by the Metropolitan Police.
Andre Forrester of Thicket Road, near Crystal Palace Park, appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday along with eight others accused of one of the biggest cannabis plots ever uncovered.The gang allegedly planned to sell five and a half tonnes of herbal cannabis imported from Mexico on the streets of London. The huge haul of drugs was discovered after an investigation carried out by Customs and Excise, Full Conspiracy....
'a steel spike, a blue balaclava,'two baseball bats'
December 30th 2005
Judge Michael Kelly made a tongue-in-cheek comment when dealing with appeals by five men arrested in Wodonga.
He said looking at their criminal records he would assume they were invading Victoria. Crown prosecutor Peter Jones told Judge Kelly about the men being stopped in Kendall St, Wodonga, about 3.15am on August 19, 1996.
Police found 3.2kg of cannabis, a steel spike, a blue balaclava, two black balaclavas, two baseball bats, a pair of black gloves and a tyre lever. They had stolen the cannabis in NSW and returned to Wodonga, Full Armoire....
'im really shocked and appalled'
December 29th 2005
Two men who were cultivating 600 cannabis plants in Barking have been put behind bars. Ha Bui, 22, and Khang Do, 31, were growing 600 plants in St Erkenwald Road, as well as a further 600 each in addresses in Ilford and East Ham.
The cannabis had a street value of £525,000. Concerned neighbours have spoken of their shock at the revelations following the sentencing of the Vietnamese men, one of whom was in the country illegally. One said: "I'm really shocked and appalled to hear this as I had no idea it was going on."It's shocking to find out it's happening so close to home." Full Shock..........
'for the purpose of trafficking'
Decembet 29th 2005
A Methodist preacher and her son appeared in the Scarborough Magistra-tes' Court yesterday charged with possession of 9.76 kilogrammes of compressed marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. Vera James, 65, and her son Bertille, 32, were remanded to July 4th next year on continuing bail by Senior Magistrate Annette McKenzie when they appeared in the First Court. They are represented by attorney Vashist Maharaj. The two were arrested when police executed a search warrant at their home at Piccadilly Street, Signal Hill on Friday. PC Arthur of the Scarborough CID laid the charges.
'make some cash for Christmas'
December 28th 2005
A Cook County judge set bail at $75,000 Monday for each of two Chicago men caught with cannabis worth about $2.7 million. One of the men allegedly said he was selling drugs to make some cash for Christmas. Carlos E. Gomez, 27, and Andres Nevarez, 28, both of Chicago, are each charged with delivery of cannabis. Nevarez is also charged with damaging city property after he allegedly kicked the window of a police patrol, Full Festivities.....
'compressed cannabis heads'
December 28th 2005
A 73-year-old Sydney pensioner and her son have been charged over the retail distribution of cannabis between Western Australia and South Australia.Police allegedly uncovered 4.2 kilograms of compressed cannabis heads in a package which was transported by road courier between the two states.
Detective Inspector Eric Cockery says police searched the woman's house in Redcliff last week.
He says police have charged Edith Elizabeth Garvey and her son, John Edward Garvey, of Prosper in South Australia, with attempting to posses cannabis with intent to sell or supply.
'up to 40 years behind bars'
December 27th 2005
Oregon police have zeroed in on a new front in the fight against drugs: the small airports that dot the state's most rural regions. The new tactic took flight last month, when officers seized 995 pounds of marijuana valued at almost $6 million at Burns Municipal Airport, arresting Harvey Allen Gabel, 56, and Brian Jeffrey Lindroos, 39, who had landed in Burns to refuel after a flight from British Columbia. The British Columbia residents were transferred to federal custody in Eugene last week after being held since their arrest in the Harney County Jail on $1 million bail each. They are facing federal charges of importing cocaine and marijuana and eluding U.S. customs inspectors, and up to 40 years behind bars if convicted.
We do not take drug abuse lightly
December 25th 2005
Sniffer dogs were patrolling the streets of Oldham last night in a bid to catch drug retailers and users in pubs and clubs.They were searching customers in bars across Saddleworth 'that includes you Jimmy' as part of a major crackdown.
The highly-trained detection dogs have already visited more than 30 licensed premises as part of the scheme, set up with the help of government funding. They helped police search up to eight pubs. Officers are warning offenders more sniffer dogs will be on patrol over Christmas and New Year. Chief Insp Peter Jones, from Oldham police said: "We do not take drug abuse lightly in Oldham and will continue to work to reduce drug-related and alcohol-related, Full Christmas Drinking....
'violation of the Cannabis Control Act'
December 24th 2005
Loves Park> Stateline Area Narcotics Team officers halted a cannabis-growing operation Friday when they raided a residence, arrested a man there and took possession of 47 cannabis sativa plants. Denis More of the 620 block of Franci Drive was charged with violation of the Cannabis Control Act for unlawful possession of more than 20 but less than 50 cannabis sativa plants, a Class 3 felony. A Winnebago County Jail official could not confirm Thursday night if More was still being held on $3,000 bond. A conviction of a Class 3 felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.
'22 years imprisonment AND 15 strokes'
December 23rd 2005
Bandar Seri Begawan – A Chinese man was sentenced to 22 years imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane by the High Court yesterday after he was found guilty of two charges of trafficking cannabis totalling 444.448gm.
The defendant, Chiang Chee Yee who was represented by Counsel Mr Hj Zul-Sukarla was first convicted for having in possession for the purposes of trafficking 415.335gm of cannabis on Oc 23, 2003. He was sentenced to 22 years and 15 strokes for that offence. Meanwhile, the defendant was sentenced to 4 years and 4 strokes on a second charge for having in possession, Full Whipping....
'possession of cannabis'
december 22nd 2005
A police officer charged with possession of cannabis has said she confiscated it from a suspect and then forgot she had the substance for nearly eight months. Sharon Snelling, 26, claims she took the small amount of the drug from Steven Greenwood when she found him in Paignton in February, 2004. It is claimed the Devon and Cornwall police officer had the cannabis in a drawer in the kitchen, which was found during an early morning raid in September, 2004, after other off duty police at a barbecue at her home had informed colleagues. In a statement read out at Exeter Crown Court yesterday, Snelling said she had thought that Mr Greenwood, Full Possession...
'a dozen federal agents'
December 21st 2005
About a dozen federal agents raided the home of a couple who operate a local medicinal marijuana club early today, seizing 122 plants and an estimated $20,000 in assets.
Shortly after noon, several agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration remained in vans outside the club at 223 Ninth St. in the South of Market neighborhood, apparently waiting for a warrant to search it as well. A crowd was growing around the club, including protesters carrying signs supporting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. California voters legalized medicinal pot use in 1996, but it remains against federal law, Full Raid......
'an interest in horticulture'
December 20th 2005
A 60-YEAR-OLD man, who grew thousands of pounds worth of cannabis in his home, escaped a jail sentence yesterday after he was found to be growing the plant out of an interest in horticulture. Temporary judge Ian Simpson, QC, ordered Richard Murray to perform 240 hours' unpaid work in the community. The High Court in Glasgow heard police found £12,000 worth of cannabis and £2,000 in cash when they raided his flat in Keith Court, Partick, on 30 December, last year. Murray admitted, Full Interest.......
'house was used as a cannabis factory'
December 19th 2005
A landlady has been left with a £30,000 bill after her house was used as a cannabis factory. Joan Thompson's four-bedroom house in Higham Station Avenue, Chingford, was trashed by tenants who had been using it to run a drugs operation. She let her property through Goodmayes-based Property Empire Estates, which also has a branch in Walthamstow.Letting began in late June, but Ms Thompson, of Nevin Road, Chingford, received no rent in October or November, and went to check on the house on December 2. She let herself in and was shocked by what she found. Large holes had been drilled through the ceilings in the lounge and kitchen, and in the floors in the lounge and each upstairs bedroom, Full Tenancy....
'Action for a Drug-Free Philippines, dream on'
December 18th 2005
Almost P50 million worth of marijuana was uprooted and destroyed in Benguet recently in line with the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Cordillera's intensified implementation of the National Anti-Drug Program of Action for a Drug-Free Philippines by 2010. The National Anti-Drug Program of Action for a Drug-Free Philippines by 2010 here has resulted to the eradication of 224,240 fully-grown marijuana plants and 27,000 seedlings worth P45,928,000 as well as the seizure of P1.5-million worth of seeds in a total of 37,200 square-meter lots planted with the illegal hemp plant in the provinces of Benguet and Ifugao from December 9 to 11. To further actuate this program, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was also signed on the farming of the yacon rootcrop as another livelihood program in the region to serve as an alternative to marijuana cultivation, Full Dream.....
'drugs paraphernalia and a police scanner'
December 17th 2005
Angela Parkinson supplied her teenage children and their friends with cannabis. But Angela Parkinson, 38, of Conway Gardens, Walney, was spared jail and handed a 28-week suspended sentence at Preston Crown Court. Judge Christopher Cornwall told Parkinson there had been a breach of trust. Cecilia Pritchard, prosecuting, said police found cannabis resin worth £120 and £1,060 cash when they executed a search warrant at Parkinson’s home. Drugs paraphernalia and a police scanner were also confiscated. Cannabis was reclassified as a Class C substance in 2004, meaning it is illegal to own and supply. When interviewed Parkinson said she had smoked cannabis for 16 years. She bought two one-ounce blocks per week and split one between herself and her sons, aged 18 and 16, Full Dealings...
'A mum and dad team'
December 16th 2005
Police seized about $50,000 worth of cannabis in a drug raid at Mailors Flat yesterday. A mum and dad team will face court next month after police executed a search warrant which uncovered about 20 cannabis plants at a nursery. A joint operation by Warrnambool's criminal investigation unit and uniformed police, the raid also revealed about a kilogram of high-quality dried cannabis heads. Detective Senior Constable Colin Ryan said the husband and wife had been charged with possessing, cultivating and trafficking cannabis, Full Parenting.....
December 15th 2005
A 90-year-old woman from Swansea unwittingly allowed cannabis plants to be grown in her spare bedroom, South Wales Police have said. Family friends asked to use the room to grow "tomato plants", and the disabled pensioner agreed as she only used the ground floor of her house. But her son grew suspicious of the plants' and called the police. Officers said the plants at the house in Skewen were high-quality cannabis worth more than £5,000. Detective Inspector Wayne Thomas said the plants' cultivators had a key,to the woman's house and would let themselves in"A family friend asked to use the spare bedroom to grow some plants," he said. "He told her they were tomato plants and she had no reason to suspect otherwise. Full Friendship.....
'officers came across a cannabis farm'
December 14th 2005
A machete was used in a street attack leaving a man with a chipped bone in his leg and facial injuries. The injured man was rushed to the University Hospital of Hartlepool by ambulance following the late-night assault in Melrose Street. He suffered facial injuries and a suspected chipped bone in his leg after being struck with the machete. Police were called to the incident just after 10pm last night, following reports that a group of men were fighting in the middle of the street.The conflict was still ongoing when officers arrived and they quickly arrested two men, who are both from Hartlepool, on suspicion of assault.The pair were taken to the town's police station where they were still in custody today, helping police with inquiries.During the incident, in which the weapon was recovered, officers came across a cannabis farm in a house in the street, Full Assault......
'a greenish vegetable substance'
December 13th 2005
Singapore > A German man found with cannabis hidden in his underwear after a flight from Bahrain was sentenced to six months in a Singapore jail, news reports said on Saturday. Ray Sebastian Nantwi Lutzenkirchen, 19, was on a Gulf Air plane when a flight stewardess smelled cigarette smoke as he came out of a toilet on December 2, according to The Straits Times. When the plane landed in Singapore, Lutzenkirchen was arrested and taken to the Bedok police division headquarters. He was searched and a package containing a greenish vegetable substance was found in his undergarment, containing 1.53 grams of cannabis or marijuana, Full Meal....
'cultivation of cannabis
December 12th 2005
Porirua police say they have arrested an escaped prisoner who was on the run for two weeks. Albert Karl Lenin Stretch, 24, who escaped from Wellington District Court cells, was arrested in the suburb of Titahi Bay this afternoon without incident. Porirua CIB says two women in a house with him have been charged with assisting him, and with cultivation of cannabis.
'became suspicious after seeing an aluminum foil package'
December 11th 2005
A De Souza Road man was yesterday fined $8,000 for possession of cannabis in the St. John’s Magistrate’s Court.
Steve Matthew had pleaded guilty to the charge on 9 Aug. The court heard that on 7 Aug., officers were on duty on the Ffrye’s Beach Road, conducting a stop and search sometime during the Carnival beach bash.
The officers signalled to Matthew to stop and became suspicious after seeing an aluminum foil package hanging out of his pocket.
The police found he was carrying a supply of cannabis in some 22 packages wrapped in aluminum foil. He was taken to the St. John's Police Station and arrested and charged.
'observant resident voiced his concerns'
December 10th 2005
Livermore> Curious as to why so many people were constantly hanging about a warehouse on Bennett Avenue, an observant resident voiced his concerns one late-October day to the Livermore Police Department.
The seemingly innocent phone call sparked a series of events resulting in one of the largest drug busts in Alameda County history, with the seizure of about $10 million worth of marijuana, officials said Thursday at a news conference at the Livermore Police Department.
Following an intensive investigation, Livermore police — along with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration — raided locations in Livermore, Hayward, San Leandro, San Ramon and Discovery Bay, officials said, Full Concern......
Quantities of cannabis, cash and drug paraphernalia
December 9th 2005
Police believe they have broken a "significant" cannabis supply and distribution network following dawn raids in Goulburn yesterday.
More than 50 police officers simultaneously hit seven residences in Robinson, Yarralow, Hume, Churchill and Goldsmith streets, in Darcy Crescent and Braidwood Road in early morning raids yesterday. A home in Bermagui on the far south coast was also raided. Local Area Commander Wayne Benson said the raids were a result of intelligence following last year's Operation Queenie. "These warrants have culminated from ongoing investigations stemming from Operation Queenie, a significant drug operation run last October," Superintendent Benson said. Quantities of cannabis, cash and drug paraphernalia were allegedly seized by police during the raids, More Paraphernalia.......
'and at this point a Police dog arrived'
December 8th 2005
A 60-year-old woman who allegedly smuggled cannabis into Bermuda was among a plane load of passengers who all had their bags searched after arriving from Jamaica, Supreme Court heard yesterday.
Priscilla Delores Williams, of Bulkhead Drive, Warwick, is alleged to have imported 153.9 grams of the drug, and to have possessed it with intent to supply after returning to the Island on a Planet Airways charter flight on January 5. Customs Officer Otto Trott told a jury yesterday that Williams was in a group of three ladies who arrived at the baggage hall at Bermuda International Airport around 10 p.m .
He said he had asked Williams if she had any gifts or anything that anyone had given her, to which she replied no. She also indicated that she had packed her bag herself, Full Smell.....
December 7th 2005
A wannabe pop star who tried to smuggle cannabis into Scotland hidden in a block of cheese was yesterday given an eight-month jail sentence.
Carlos Cano, 22, agreed to act as a drugs courier to raise cash for an album aimed at getting his band known outside their native Spain.But customs officers became suspicious after he arrived at Glasgow Airport on September 20. Officials used a metal spike to probe a slab of Garcia Sequoia cheese which was found in his luggage. They discovered that it contained just under 1kg of cannabis resin, valued at around £3000, Full Wiff.....
'112 pounds of homegrown marijuana'
December 6th 2005
Narcotics busts last month in houses in South Austin and Williamson County netted 112 pounds of homegrown marijuana and led to the arrest of one man, the Austin Police Department said Monday.
The marijuana, grown hydroponically in computer-controlled environments, is particularly potent and can fetch as much as $5,000 per pound on the street, or nearly as much as cocaine, according to the police department."This is a pretty good bust. What you're looking at is worth more than half a million dollars," said Harold Piatt, commander of the organized crime division. The "grow houses" where the marijuana was cultivated resembled giant indoor gardens, Piatt said. Computers sent nutrients through tubes to the marijuana plants, which were growing in trays of water, Full Grow....
'street value of more than $180,000'
December 5th 2005
Police in Collie have seized 183 cannabis plants after discovering a secret crop in bushland near the Wellington Dam. Police say the crop had a potential street value of more than $180,000, with the plants ranging from 20 centimetres to 1.5 metres high. The plants will be destroyed and inquiries are continuing into who planted the crop. Police are also investigating whether there are other cannabis crops in the area. The seizure follows last week's discovery of more than 3,000 cannabis plants at Preston Beach, Yalgorup National Park and Tim's Thicket.
'no excuse for descending into drug dealing'
December 4th 2005
A wheelchair-bound drug retailer was yesterday jailed for four years after 25 Ecstasy tablets and a large amount of cannabis resin were found at his home.
Trevor Hannant, 49, of Lisle Road, Boowthorpe, near Horwich, was found guilty of possessing the Ecstasy tablets and cannabis resin with intent to supply on April 20 last year and also of being in possession of cannabis.
He had denied the offences but was found guilty following a trial.
Andrew Shaw, prosecuting, told Horwich Crown Court police took a search warrant to Hannant's home and drugs were found in his car and garage. About £2000 in cash was recovered along with a set of scales which had traces of drugs on them, Full Descent.....
December 3rd 2005
An 18-year old Kitchener man faces drug charges after this week's fire at a home on Westwood Drive.
The Ontario Fire Marshall's Office believe the fire was sparked by a faulty illegal drug lab.
Regional Police used a search warrant to get inside and seize thousands of dollars worth of marijuana, cocaine, and other drug making equipment.
Investigators also seized a sawed-off shotgun, plus several other replica firearms.
Police say more charges are possible.
'smuggle loads of marijuana'
November 2nd 2005
Lukeville> Three Mesa residents and another from Apache Junction have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle loads of marijuana into Arizona from Mexico. The arrests occurred at the Lukeville port of entry.
On Wednesday, two Mesa women, ages 41 and 59, were arrested after customs inspectors say they found nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana hidden in their -V. advertisement On Sunday, an Apache Junction man and a Mesa woman were arrested when customs inspectors found a thousand pounds of pot in their RV. Customs officials estimate the street value of the marijuana seized in the two cases at $2 million.
December 2nd 2005
Police have seized cannabis with a street value of €250,000 in Wexford, it emerged today. Two multi-million euro seizures of the drug were made earlier this week in Dublin.
Local gardaí and members of the Garda National Drug Unit carried out a number of searches of houses in the New Ross area.
A Garda spokeswoman said they seized cannabis resin with a potential street value of up to €250,000.
Two men aged 35 and 23 were arrested and taken to New Ross garda station for questioning under section two of the Drug Trafficking Act, Full Drought....
Section 2 of the Drugs Trafficking Act
December 1st 2005
Gardaí seized €7m worth of cannabis resin today in the second major haul of the drug this week.
Officers from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation found one tonne of cannabis in a van they stopped on the M1 at Whitehall, Dublin, shortly after 1pm this afternoon. The drugs, which were discovered as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, have an estimated street value of up to €7m, a garda spokesman said.
Two men aged 40 and 34 were arrested in connection with the find and were being held under Section 2 of the Drugs Trafficking Act at separate garda stations in Coolock and Santry, Full Act....