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.
'fast-becoming a hotbed of cannabis production'
July 31st 2005:
Police seized more than 700 cannabis plants after the latest in a string of major home-made drugs factories in Sussex was uncovered by accident. Drug experts believe the discovery of one of the largest hauls of cannabis in the county to date is the tip of the iceberg in a growing trend of mass-cultivated drugs in makeshift factories in flats and houses. Police admit there could be scores more yet undiscovered factories in the county ( get away...) which is fast-becoming a hotbed of cannabis production. However, they say it is impossible to know how many or where they are. Officers are in a race against time to crack down on the large-scale manufacturers before dealers swamp the streets with home-grown cannabis. The latest factory was discovered by chance when emergency services were on a routine call to a building flooded with water. Officers were called to a flat in London Road, St Leonards, after the first services on the scene discovered more than just a leak, Full Production.....
'jailed for more than five years'
July 31st 2005:
Two men who were caught red-handed with hundreds of cannabis plants worth almost £20,000 have been jailed for more than five years. Father-of-two Shaun Beard admitted cultivating and possessing 203 cannabis plants with intent to supply, after police swooped on his Tean home last August.
"C'mon Mike, I'm just trying to make a living,"
Patricio G Balona
July 31st 2005:
Lake Helen >WestVolusia. A man who said he learned to grow marijuana from a book called "The Cannabis Bible," never got to harvest his crop.Police on Thursday spotted Nathan Thomas Whitters' patch of 51 marijuana plants, valued at $51,000, from a sheriff's helicopter. The plants, some more than 10 feet tall, were in a wooded area behind Whitters' house on West Pennsylvania Avenue, Lake Helen Police Lt. Mike Walker said. Whitters, 43, is charged with cultivation and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and is in the Volusia County Branch Jail on $2,000 bail, a booking officer said Friday. As police on the ground scouted the wooded area behind Whitters' house, little else could be heard over the din of Whitters' six barking German shepherds and the chop of the helicopter flying 30 feet above. Quickly, the helicopter team alerted the ground patrol that a man was destroying the plants, Walker said. Full Living..............
Four people have been arrested and drugs seized after warrants were issued on two properties in Somerset. Police searched the houses on Matthews Road in Yeovil on Thursday afternoon and found what is believed to be cannabis with a street value of £1,000. Four people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs. The two women, aged 60 and 42, and two men, aged 28 and 27, have been bailed pending further police inquiries.
'X-ray scanner detected 123 kilograms of marijuana'
July 30th 2005:
Buffalo N.Y. > U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 123 kilograms of marijuana worth more than $800,000 US hidden among cargo inside a commercial truck entering the United States from Ontario, authorities said Friday. The truck's driver, Malkiat Kataure, 29, of Brampton, Ont., was charged with importation and possession with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance after being stopped at the Peace Bridge as he tried to enter Buffalo on Wednesday. Border officers using an X-ray-like scanner detected the vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana mingled with a load of plastic pellets destined for Sebastian, Fla. The drugs, truck, trailer and freight were seized. Kataure was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
'raid at the request of U.S. officials'
July 30th 2005:
British Columbia: Police raided the headquarters of the British Columbia Marijuana Party on Friday at the request of U.S. investigators targeting one of Canada's best-known advocates of legalizing marijuana. U.S. officials have charged Marc Emery, founder of the Marijuana Party, and two other people with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, distribute marijuana seeds and money laundering. The charges are in connection with a business that Emery has operated for years over the Internet from offices in Vancouver, on Canada's Pacific Coast. Emery, who has been nicknamed the "Prince of Pot," was arrested in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he was on a visit. He is expected to have a hearing in a court in Vancouver next week for extradition proceedings, according to police officials. Full Raid............
'drug free zone'
July 29th 2005:
A store manager at the Taylor Convenience Store on Lingleville Road was arrested Wednesday morning for making a drug transaction with an undercover police officer, according to Stephenville Police Investigator Holly Bays. Tracy Lynn Rangel, 40, was arrested and charged with delivery of marijuana in a drug free zone, a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. She posted bond Thursday afternoon from the Erath County Jail > a $2,000 bond for the delivery charge and a $500 bond for the possession charge. "It was about a month-long investigation," Bays said. "This morning (Thursday) an undercover officer went in the store and started carrying on a conversation with her and she agreed to give him the marijuana."
Drug Barons Picked
July 28th 2005:
Two more kingpins in the narcotics underworld,Henry Kwaku Owusu, 47 and Emmanuel Adjavon, 33, have hit a dead end. Owusu was deported to Ghana on parole in June 2000 after serving nearly four years out of a seven-year jail term in a British prison for drug pushing while Adjavon,a freight forwarder is believed to have facilitated the exports. Back home,Owusu perfected the trade,and between October last year and July this year,he succeeded in exporting 500 kilogrammes of cannabis and 50 kilogrammes of cocaine, adopting false company and individual names. Sources within the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB),which grabbed Owusu at the Bigot Pub, near the Abrantie Spot at Abeka Lapaz at 11.30 p.m. last Friday, described him as the man around whom the concealment of illicit drugs in exportable agricultural products to the United Kingdom (UK) had been revolving since last October. Full Tale..........
'smuggle 669 kg hashish to Canada'
July 27th 2005:
Kathmandu>The Supreme Court, on Sunday, released one of the most notorious drug smugglers, Dil Bahadur Gurung, on bail amounting to Rs 900,000 by dismissing both the verdicts issued by the Kathmandu District Court and Appellate Court of Lalitpur. Since there was not sufficient evidence to convict Gurung on the charge of drug smuggling, the previous orders did not hold ground, a verdict handed by a single bench of Justice Parmananda Jha said. Police of Narcotics Drugs Control Law Enforcement Unit had arrested Gurung on January 11, 2004 on the charge of trying to smuggle 669 kg hashish to Canada through Ashok Subedi and Mohan Krishna Risal. KDC and Lalitpur Appellate Court had ordered that he be kept under detention for further investigation.
'cultivating a commercial quantity'
July 26th 2005:
Police have stumbled upon a cannabis crop worth more than $640,000 during a routine visit to a property on the New South Wales north coast. Police said they were called to a house at Tucabia, near Grafton, for an unrelated matter about 12.40pm (AEST) yesterday. When they arrived, they noticed a large number of cannabis plants growing nearby. Officers searched the premises and allegedly found 364 cannabis plants, 245 grams of dried cannabis, 20 grams of powder believed to be amphetamine, and an unregistered firearm. The cannabis had an estimated potential street value of more than $640,000, police said. A 57-year-old man was arrested and charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of cannabis, possessing a prohibited drug, and firearms offences. He was bailed to appear in Grafton Local Court on August 19th.
'more than 21,000 marijuana plants'
July 26th 2005:
Police in northern Ontario have charged a Toronto man after they found marijuana fields stretching "three football fields in length" in what is considered to be one of Canada's largest pot busts. Investigators found more than 21,000 marijuana plants behind a home nestled in the woods of Iroquois Falls, east of Timmins. Officers with the Ontario Provincial Police, North Bay police and a K-9 unit carried out a search warrant Sunday. "We had a marijuana field approximately three football fields in length by one football field wide," said Ontario police Det.-Sgt. Bill O'Shea, a unit commander with the OPP's drug enforcement section."Plants were planted in straight rows just like any other crop." "I've been in drug enforcement for approximately 15 years and this is one of the largest outdoor grows I've ever been involved in." Ji Zhu Chu, 39, was arrested at the Iroquois Falls farm and is charged with producing a controlled substance. Full Plantation........
Police in Burnaby seized more than 2,000 marijuana plants last week as they executed search warrants on suspected grow-ops. Six people have been arrested in connection with those seizures. In the last three months, Burnaby RCMP's "Green Team" has executed 19 search warrants in Burnaby alone.
'four charged with drug possession'
July 25th 2005:
Eight persons were arrested during roadblocks carried out on Saturday night. Two women and five men were arrested after being caught in possession of cannabis and heroin. In turn on Sunday morning four persons, three of whom are Spanish, were arraigned in court over drug related charges. The two women, aged 27 and 28 from Attard and Kalkara respectively, were arrested after being caught in possession of cannabis during a roadblock carried out by the Armed Forces of Malta. Five other men whose ages vary between 19 and 33 years of age were also arrested in the same roadblock after members of the AFM discovered they were carrying heroin and cannabis. The men are from Qormi, Tarxien, Cospicua, Senglea and Msida. A further arrest was made when a 20-year-old man from Fgura was caught with cannabis in Rabat discotheque. Full Possession..........
'jailed for six-and-a-half years'
July 24th 2005:
A motorist who led police on a high speed chase across Sussex with £1 million worth of cannabis in the back of his car has been jailed for six-and-a-half years. When police first approached Victor West, 39, they had no idea about the valuable haul in his VW Sharan. Officers tried to stop his vehicle after spotting him talking on his mobile while driving in Leatherhead, Surrey. But he refused to stop and sped away, with the police in pursuit. It was not until his car finally crashed near Lewes more than hour later that police opened the back of his people carrier and found the vehicle stacked with cardboard boxes containing the illegal drugs. West, of Barrack Road, Bexhill, admitted charges of possessing cannabis with intent to supply and dangerous driving when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court. Judge Anthony Scott-Gall described West's driving as "spine-chilling" Full Chill......
'Ex-INLA and four tons of cannabis'
July 24th 2005:
A former republican paramilitary and alleged drug trafficker faces extradition from Holland to Greece, where he is wanted in connection with a shipment of €50m (£37.4m) worth of cannabis.
Tommy Savage, 55, from north Dublin, was arrested last Wednesday in Amsterdam over allegedly trying to import more than four tons of cannabis into Athens in 1997. Savage’s family say the arrest is illegal and that he has already faced the charges. They say the former INLA member is the victim of a campaign by the Dutch authorities to force him out of the country. Savage has been resident in the Dutch capital for 14 years and runs a small hotel. He says he halted all criminal activity years ago. Full Tale........
'with cultivation of a class B-drug'
July 23rd 2005:
A stash of drugs and stolen goods were seized by police yesterday (Friday) after a series of early morning raids targeting serial criminals in Croydon. Neighbours woke up to the sound of doors being battered in as more than 50 officers from Operation Toyota stormed a dozen addresses including houses in Coulsdon and Thornton Heath.
It was the culmination of a joint operation by the robbery squad, burglary squad and drugs task force who have had been gathering evidence against known offenders for months. Two arrests were made and officers recovered stolen goods from a number of the properties. A stash of cannabis was also seized from an address in Rutherwick Rise, Cousldon, along with 230 cannabis plants a man in his twenties has been charged with cultivation of a class B-drug.
'jailed on cannabis dealing'
July 23rd 2005:
An inmate in the Vigo County Jail allegedly offered a correctional officer $200 to sneak cannabis into the jail, court records show. Chad Noble, 47, of Terre Haute was charged this week with trafficking conspiracy and drug possession charges after police say he received 44 grams of cannabis while in custody. A probable-cause affidavit indicates Noble - jailed on drug dealing and possession charges - wrote a letter to a correctional officer, asking for help in obtaining cannabis. The officer contacted his superior and ultimately helped police arrange a sting, the affidavit shows. Also charged was Takyla R. Rose, 25. Police say Rose met the officer at a southside gas station and gave him the bag of cannabis and an envelope containing $200. Police recorded the transaction, as well as the officer later giving the cannabis to Noble, according to the affidavit. Rose posted $150 bail after her arrest Tuesday. Noble remained Thursday in the Vigo County Jail. Rose could not be reached for comment; Noble declined comment through a jail officer.
'you can expect a visit from us soon'
July 23rd 2005:
Police raided addresses in Mile Cross, Sprowston, the Golden and Silver Triangles, Norwich city centre, the Heartsease estate, and Thorpe Hamlet. Sgt Lucy Hayman said: “Thanks to this extremely positive operation the drugs trade in Norwich has been disrupted.“It means we are continuing to make the lives of those people who deal in and use drugs as difficult as possible.“The message is clear - we will not tolerate drug dealing and if you are dealing in Norwich you can expect a visit from us soon.”Over the course of the month four men and three women were issued with street cautions after officers found them in possession of small amounts of cannabis resin and herbal cannabis. A 21-year-old man was arrested and subsequently charged with cultivation and possession of cannabis and an 18-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis.
'guilty beyond reasonable doubt'
The Freeman, Philippines
July 22nd 2005:
A man was sentenced to 15 years in jail after found guilty of possessing two sticks of marijuana. Policemen arrested Emilio Lapay Jr. on September 18, 2003 when they found two hand-rolled marijuana sticks in his possession.The police at that time were responding to an alarm on a video karera operation in Buhisan road, sitio Guadalupe, barangay Punta Princesa, Cebu City when they chanced upon the suspicious-looking Lapay, when arraigned, pleaded not guilty saying he was detained for no reason after the police subjected him to a frisk. Lapay said the cops recovered nothing from him. The accused also cried foul over the search without a warrant of arrest. However, Regional Trial Court branch 58 presiding judge Gabriel Ingles found "more credibility to the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses/arresting officers SPO3 Joselito Palang, SPO3 Rogelio Ruiz and PO2 Jerome Java." Ingles, in his decision, cited that police, with their experience,"can easily detect whether what is being held is a stick of cigarette or marijuana by the way it appears."The decision further stated that the arrest of Lapay needed no warrant of arrest as "he was committing a crime in the presence of the arresting police officers."
'hundred pounds of cannabis'
July 21st, 2005:
Newton>The $1 million bail for a Vernon man accused of amassing more than 100 pounds of cannabis was cut in half Wednesday after a court hearing in which his lawyer argued that the initial amount was more than four times that suggested by state guidelines. About an hour later, Paul J. Helmrich was released from the Sussex County jail, a corrections official said. Also Wednesday, the prosecutor in charge of the case — the county's largest alleged pot bust since the 1970s — said the ongoing investigation has turned up even stronger evidence against the man since charges were filed last week. Helmrich, 37, was arrested July 11 after county narcotics officers raided his house on Route 515 and a locker he allegedly rented at a self-storage facility on Maple Grange Road. The cannabis was found in the locker, the key to it in Helmrich's house. Charged with conspiracy to distribute five pounds or more of cannabis and possession with the intent to distribute 25 pounds or more, he could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted, Full Bail............
July 21st 2005:
Half of all people caught smoking cannabis have escaped with only a verbal warning since the Government softened the law on drugs. Yesterday's crime figures revealed 85,500 were caught in possession of the drug last year. But 43,000 of them were let off with a formal warning. In the past, they would have faced a possible court appearance and criminal record.
'Meticulously-planned police raids'
July 20th 2005:
A nine month police operation has cracked open a "large and complex" drug network in Port Macquarie which has allegedly distributed close to $2 million worth of drugs to the Mid-North Coast. Although last week's police raid uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs and cash at seven Port Macquarie premises, police believe the alleged drug ring has supplied $1.4 million worth of cannabis and up to $500,000 worth of ecstasy and amphetamines to the Mid-North Coast in the past year. Strikeforce Mooraback has arrested six members of the alleged crime syndicate, including a married Port Macquarie couple, Bandido gang member and local businessman. The group has been charged with more than 20 drug and weapon offences. Full Meticulousness.
Ederly couple jailed for growing cannabis
July 20th 2005:
A Wellington family that ran one of the biggest hydroponic cannabis-growing operations in New Zealand out of a Lyall Bay business has been sent to jail. Malcolm Watson, 67, a long-time advocate for the legalisation of cannabis, was jailed for eight years. Eva Watson, 66, his wife of 40 years, received 2½ years. Their son Alan Watson, 37, was jailed for six months on top of a 22-month jail term he recently received in the High Court for possession of methamphetamine and cannabis for supply. Malcolm Watson had pleaded guilty to selling, supplying equipment and cannabis, cultivation, possession for supply, possession of firearms and ammunition and production of cannabis resin. Eva Watson pleaded guilty to supplying equipment, cultivation, supplying the drug and possession of equipment for supply. Alan Watson had pleaded guilty to one charge of possession of cannabis resin for supply. Wellington District Court judge Bruce Davidson said Malcolm Watson was in the upper echelons of cannabis offenders. Eva and Malcolm Watson had bought a business, which they ran as Discount Hydroponics Ltd in Lyall Bay. Equipment, literature, nutrients and cannabis seedlings were sold to customers – including, Full Grow...........
'and 600 pounds of cannabis'
July 19th 2005:
Novi>-What started more than a year ago with a panicky woman in a Novi hotel might go down as one of the largest take-downs of a drug cartel in U.S. history. Several arrests and seizures of large amounts of cash and drugs capped a 16-month investigation Monday - and authorities say there could be more to come. The international drug cartel started to unravel in March 2004, authorities say, after Novi police and members of the South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium - which include officers from Novi, Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield and the Oakland County Sheriff's Office - raided a hotel in that city."It has been an incredible thing," said Novi Police Chief Doug Schaeffer. "It just kept growing." On Monday, authorities attempted to arrest 30 people in Michigan and six other states, including Nevada and Ohio. Twenty-three federal indictments were also issued. Thirteen people were named in complaints. On Monday, more than 40 firearms were confiscated, $300,000 in cash was seized, $500,000 in jewelry and other assets were taken, 600 pounds of marijuana were confiscated and 11 vehicles - including three limousines and two classic cars - were impounded. Full Impound...........
'suspicion of possession'
July 19th 2005:
Arizona> A 17-year-old girl was shot late Sunday after two men broke into a house and bound the girl and her 21-year-old brother, Gilbert police said. The brother, Jose Salazar Contrera, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and drug trafficking after a search warrant was executed at the house, police said. Gabriel Vega, who was shot in the arm and torso, did not have life-threatening injuries. She told police that she and Salazar refused to reveal the location of money demanded by the intruders. Both siblings reported not knowing the men who broke into the house in the 2700 block of East Calle Del Norte.
'Gardaí seize 42kg of cannabis'
Irish news online
July 18th 2005:
Cannabis resin with an estimated value of €300,000 has been seized in Limerick. Gardaí found 42kg of the drug following searches on a house and a number of vehicles in the Kilteely area. No arrests have been made but an investigation is underway.
'I am better now, but I still need it sometimes'
July 18th 2005:
An Adelaide man facing up to 10 years in a Bali prison for possession of hashish has admitted in an Indonesian court that he is a recovering addict who still uses the drug to relieve stress. John Julian Pyle, 42, told Gianyar District Court today he had been using cannabis resin on a daily basis before seeking medical help in Sydney 18 months ago in a bid to kick the habit."I am better now, but I still need it sometimes," said Mr Pyle, who appeared cheerful before the hearing as he met an ex-girlfriend visiting from Australia. The online travel businessman, who has been living in Bali for almost three years, is on the anti-drugs education committee of the Rotary Club in Ubud, a mountain tourist resort. His lawyer, Mohammad Rifan, gave judges two letters, dated January 3 and November 3 last year, from a Sydney doctor about Pyle's ongoing treatment for hash addiction, Full Recovery..
'40 grams of Marijuana'
July 17th 2005:
Troopers make a big drug find on Interstate 70. Troopers stopped a car, and inside they find 40 grams of Marijuana, and a wanted felon. Troopers say they pulled over the car after witnessing them litter. Nicholas Rinaldi was taken into custody. He was wanted on 6 felony warrants out of Cuyahoga County. He was considered armed and dangerous. His felony warrants include 2 count of felony drug posession, 3 counts of felony drug trafficking, and a count of felony posession of criminal tools. He's being held in the Belmont County jail.
'drug-sniffing dog working with the sheriff '
The Daily Reflector
Corey G. Johnson
July 16th 2005:
A fake address on a heavily taped box led to the arrest of two Greenville men on drug charges, sheriff's detectives said Thursday. Sean Michael Stewart, 24, of 2008-F Tower Place, and Calvin Ramone Phillips, 24, of 217 Riverbluff Drive, were arrested by Pitt County narcotics detectives about 8 p.m. Wednesday, a report said. A Tuesday phone call from the post office initially alerted investigators to the package, Sgt. Vance Head said. "It was a standard box that was taped pretty heavily," Head said. "The post office tried to verify the Los Angeles mailing address, but it was fictitious." After a drug-sniffing dog working with sheriff's investigators indicated that the package contained drugs, detectives obtained a warrant to search the box and discovered a smaller box packed inside. "When we opened it up, we found almost two pounds of cannabis," Head said. A postal inspector from Raleigh came down and delivered the package, while detectives conducted surveillance, Head said. "We got some resistance, Full Tail...........
'I have never seen anything like that before on this scale'
July 16th 2005:
A Cannabis farm harvesting 26 marijuana plants has been uncovered in an Oldham bedroom. Police found a fully operating production line at a house on Primrose Bank during a raid yesterday afternoon and believe the cannabis was about to hit Oldham’s streets. It is the second biggest seizure of the drug in the past year and took four hours to remove. The plants were seized along with a huge haul of paraphernalia including air filters, heating, lamps, and a sprinkler system, together worth many thousands of pounds. The drug was being grown and dried out on the premises. PC Ian Bailey, who with PC Matt Scarratt helped lead the raid, said: “It was a big haul. It was like a cottage industry in the bedroom.“There was plastic sheeting across the ceiling and around the walls to keep the heat in.“It was producing an enormous amount of heat. I have never seen anything like that before on this scale.”Plants were on a raised bed, while seedlings were being nurtured in plastic containers. Sgt Janet Bowers, from the Safer Neighbourhoods Policing Unit, said it was a sign that police were responding to the public’s concerns. She said: “We are getting information about drugs and we are acting on it. We want people to realise that we are committed to sorting out the problem. “There could be other people in the community growing it like that — we just don’t know.” PC Bailey added: “My message is that if the community wants to get rid of cannabis it has to be a combined effort.” A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the raid.
'5,400 marijuana plants'
July 16th 2005:
Authorities Wednesday made what is believed to be the largest single marijuana seizure in the history of the county. Detectives located a field with 5,400 marijuana plants in a wooded area behind New Century Middle School off N.C. 24-27. Twenty other plants were found in different parts of the county. The street value of all of the marijuana seized is $5.4 million. The formula officers use to come up with that figure is simple: Each plant, no matter how large or small, is valued at $1,000. According to Sheriff Lane Carter, the large marijuana field was well tended and had a makeshift camp located in it. The field was among several hundred acres of woods, Carter said, rather far from the school for anyone walking. Officers from the Sheriff’s Department, the State Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Army National Guard and the State Highway Patrol contributed to the investigation. National Guard and Highway Patrol helicopters helped spot the field from the air. About 12 sheriff’s deputies from the narcotics unit and the investigations office and three SBI agents moved in from the ground, Full Plantation..........
10 years with hard labour
Times of Zambia
July 14th 2005:
Former Zambia Export Growers Association (ZEGA) chairman, Sydney Chileshe has urged the Supreme Court to quash the proceedings of the High Court because they were unfair and a gross miscarriage of justice. Chileshe, 49, was last year sentenced to 10 years with hard labour by Lusaka High Court Judge Justice Charles Kajimanga after reviewing the case in which he was convicted and fined by a lower court.The lower court had given Chileshe a suspended sentence and fined him K5 million after convicting him of four counts of trafficking and cultivation of marijuana, unlawful possession of firearm and unlawful possession of 18 rounds of ammunition, More Hard Labour.....
July 15th 2005:
Thirteen Britons have been arrested on Spain's Costa del Sol accused of running a multi-million pound drug-smuggling operation. The gang, led by a UK-born Pakistani, are allegedly behind the selling of huge amounts of cocaine and cannabis in Yorkshire and Liverpool. Three are wanted for murder and attempted murder in Britain, say Spanish police, while two others are suspected of a killing in Holland. But all 13 - living in Marbella, Mijas, Fuengirola and Malaga - are "highly dangerous", said UK officers who assisted the operation codenamed Sugar. Eleven firearms including rifles and shotguns were found in raids on 12 luxury homes. Property and bank accounts worth £34million were also seized along with £103,000 in cash, Full Danger......
'country which did not permit this'
July 14th 2005:
Dubai > A court here has adjourned till July 28 hearing in the case of the Bangalore-based fashion designer Trasad Fidapa, who was arrested at the Dubai International Airport last month for allegedly possessing cannabis. This was the first court hearing for Mr. Fidapa. The proceedings lasted 13 minutes. If convicted, Fidapa could be imprisoned for up to fourtheen years. Officials at the Indian Consulate provided him with consular access earlier. After Fidapa's arrest, his wife Ruth had said the issue was not whether her husband smoked cannabis, but that he was found carrying it in a country which did not permit this. Ruth said her husband was detained at Dubai Airport on June 12, ``apparently with a quantity of cannabis that was allegedly found in his baggage.'' along with a large selection of cannabis seeds.
'street value of $400,000'
July 13th 2005:
Newton> A Vernon man was ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday after authorities seized 128 pounds of cannabis > the largest Sussex County pot bust in recent memory — from a self-storage locker to which he allegedly had the key. Paul J. Helmrich, 37, was arrested Monday afternoon at his home on Route 515 as the Sussex County Narcotics Task Force executed two search warrants, one at the house and one at the storage unit on Maple Grange Road, officials said. The seized cannabis had an estimated street value of $400,000. Helmrich is charged with conspiracy to distribute five pounds of cannabis or more and possession with the intent to distribute 25 pounds or more. The two counts are punishable by maximum terms of 10 and 20 years in prison, respectively. Full Value...
"Keep the information coming and we will keep taking the action."
Lewisham & Greenwich
July 13th 2005:
Police arrested 13 people and seized nearly 2,000 cannabis plants after a series of early-morning drug busts. Officers raided 23 addresses in Greenwich as part of Operation Damson, an ongoing crackdown on cannabis factories in the borough. The raids were carried out following intelligence from residents and community support officers. Now a top cop has hailed the success of the operation and called on residents to continue to help police hunt down drug dens. Greenwich borough commander Chief Superintendent Peter Lowton says police are sending out a "strong message" to the drug pushers. He said: "We are determined to stop the crime of illegal drug supply escalating in our borough and we know people support us. "Keep the information coming and we will keep taking the action." Of the 23 addresses busted during the raids on July 6th, 10 were found to be cannabis factories. A total of 1,982 plants were found and 13 arrests were made 11 in connection with the cultivation of cannabis and two on suspicion of immigration offences.
'which sentenced him to death'
July 13th 2005:
UAE> The Sharjah Shariah Court has sentenced Mahdi Yaqoub Bu Azzar, an Arab national, to death for drug trafficking. The accused possessed 64 tablets of codeine and cannabis weighing 26gm.
The arrest was made after a tip-off that the accused was using and possessing the narcotics and that he wanted to sell the contraband in the country. The police raided his house in Sharjah where the said quantities were found. The accused was referred to the General Prosecution where he confessed to the crime, and he was then referred to the court, which sentenced him to death.
'production of cannabis'
July 12th 2005:
Edmontonsun> A Red Deer woman charged in May for a litany of theft and drug charges was Thursday pinched for a litany of theft and drug charges. On Wednesday, the Red Deer Mountie Street Team executed a search warrant in an apartment in southwest Red Deer. Two adults were taken into custody and charged with production of cannabis, possession of a prohibited weapon and unsafe storage of firearms. The weed was worth around $28,000, Mounties said. The next day, the Street Team executed a warrant on a house in the Deer Park area of Red Deer. Five people were hauled in, but only one woman was charged with cannabis cultivation. Marion Agnes Haag faces charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cannabis, possession of drug money, possession of a stolen laptop computer and possession of a stolen generator. The street value of the drugs was nearly $6,000 police said.
'traffic stop yields cannabis cache'
July 12th 2005:
Texas>A traffic stop near Pearsall Friday resulted in the seizure of 25 pounds of cannabis and the arrest of a Rio Bravo man, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. A trooper pulled over Jose A. Flores, 29, at about 10:50 a.m. for not slowing as he drove through a construction zone as he headed north on Interstate 35. The trooper noted in his report that he asked for consent to search Flores' 1994 Ford Aerostar minivan after Flores could not tell him his destination and seemed nervous. The search turned up bundles of cannabis hidden under the dashboard. The 25 pounds of pot has a street value of about $12.000, according to DPS reports. Flores was charged with possession of cannabis and was being held in the Frio County jail. Bond had not been set.
'cannabis stored in his rolls of fat'
July 11th 2005:
A 32-stone drug dealer from Stourbridge was found with cannabis stored in his rolls of fat when police searched him. Man mountain Aadassar Havid was arrested in the early hours of February 27 this year after police watched him handing something to three youths. Prosecutor Mr Walter Bealby told Wolverhampton Crown Court the officers found a herbal substance in his right hand before conducting a body search. "They then found 23 wraps of cannabis in his folds of fat," he said. Around £2,500 and a list of names and money owed was also found on him. Javid, aged 35, of Bank Road, Lye, told officers after his arrest the drugs were for his own use and the cash was from a nearby taxi firm where he worked. He was bailed but just over two weeks later, on March 18, he was chased by officers who had spotted him dealing and watched him discard several items from his pockets. Full Wraps.....
'found cannabis seeds'
July 11th 2005:
An officer stopped a 1987 Chevy Camaro in the 600 block of E. Denman Friday afternoon. The officer noticed the driver of the vehicle appeared nervous, and he began to question the driver and his passenger. The officer asked for permission to search the vehicle, but the driver would not grant it. Due to suspicious behavior the officer searched the vehicle and and found hundreds of cannabis seeds in the console and also a small gun underneath, which was loaded. The driver was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a police report.
'personal use' nah
Khaleej Times Online
U.A.E > Dubai Criminal Court has sentenced Hazem Ali, 74-years old Iranian national, to ten years in jail followed by deportation for possessing and trafficking 450gm of Hashish and 260 gm of opium. The police received information that a man was using and selling narcotics. The police raided the house and seized the drugs. During the interrogation, the man denied the charges but his urine test proved that he had used drugs. Hazem defended himself by saying that the drugs were prescribed to him by the General Practitioner in Iran after a surgery. He claimed he was suffering from a kidney disease and showed some papers brought from Iran, saying that the man suffers from 'many diseases' and is required to take 'these' drugs. He said that he had brought the drugs for his personal use. The General Prosecution referred the case to the court which found him guilty.
'deputies shut down marijuana dispensary'
the Sacramento Bee
July 9th 2005:
Sacramento> A medical marijuana dispensary owner, who did prison time for embezzling $5 million while a state employee, was arrested Thursday for operating his shop without a legal business license and for illegal weapons possession. Sacramento County sheriff's deputies shut down Alternative Specialties and arrested Louis Wayne Fowler after searching his Folsom Boulevard shop and his Rio Linda home, as well as his parents' and his sister's homes, said Sgt. R.L. Davis, sheriff's spokesman. Financial documents related to the shop were seized, along with a semiautomatic pistol and an illegal fully automatic assault weapon that officers found in Fowler's car, Davis said. Fowler's felony record makes it illegal for him to possess any weapons. Sheriff's deputies also alerted the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which raided the shop Thursday night. DEA agents removed hundreds of cannabis Full Shutdown.
'passed out on his couch'
Corvallia police dept.
July 9th 2005:
Drug charges>1:38 a.m. John Henery Willingham, 19, 4006 N.W. Witham Hill Drive, No. 186. Arrested on accusations of possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct and possession of four ounces of marijuana after an officer responded to his apartment for a complaint of loud music. Willingham was reportedly found passed out on his couch in the living room (couch lock) and items found in his apartment included a mirror with powdery residue on it that appeared to be cocaine, a plastic bag containing 2.48 grams of cocaine, plastic bags and a black case containing a total of 3.83, 1.75, 112 grams of marijuana, a marijuana cigarette, a glass marijuana pipe, a plastic bag containing six capsules of Dextroamphetamine and three Methylphenidate pills.
Two men sentenced for growing cannabis
July 8th 2005:
Two men were jailed yesterday over the cultivation of a $360,000 cannabis crop in northeast Tasmania.
The court heard Leo Michieletto, 43, of Pipers River, had been jailed over the cultivation of an $8 million crop in 1995. Michieletto and Ricky Gardiner, 29, pleaded guilty to cultivating a controlled plant for sale.
The court heard that Michieletto had been engaged by others to grow a cannabis crop. After living on the site of the crop in a remote area of northeast Tasmania for some time he organised Gardiner to fill in for him while he had a break. Two weeks later police raided the site. Full Porridge.......
'police seized 390 cannabis plants'
July 7th 2005:
A man has been charged with drug offences after police seized 390 cannabis plants in Victoria. Police raided the Alberton property in the south-east of the state yesterday. Many of the plants had been harvested and were being prepared for sale, police allege. A 56-year-old Alberton man will face Bairnsdale Magistrates Court on July 13th.
'555 pounds of marijuana bricks'
July 7th 2005:
Officers from the police Special Operations Section arrested two men when they allegedly found drugs at a residence in the 6400 block of South Mozart Street and at another home in the 3600 block of West 56th Street, according to police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer. Officers who were patrolling in the Chicago Lawn District, curbed a vehicle for a traffic stop around 8 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of 54th Street and Lawndale Avenue, according to Greer. During the stop, police learned about a hydroponics lab, used for growing marijuana at a residence on 56th Street, Greer said. After acquiring consent to search the lab, the officers found 15 kg of marijuana worth an estimated street value of $280,000, she said. Police also seized four guns at the residence and arrested Cesar Garcia, 26, according to Greer. Greer was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and production of cannabis plants. Upon further investigation, the officers learned about a $3 million marijuana stash at the Mozart Street residence, Greer said. Officers from the unit arrested Joel Vasquez-Torres, 45, at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, and gathered 555 pounds of marijuana bricks worth an estimated $3 million, Greer said.
'cannabis packaged in 16 'deal bags'.
Aus: Police reports
July 6th 2005:
A Kununurra teacher has pleaded guilty to possessing a trafficable quantity of cannabis. Nathan Jay Cross, 45, a teacher at the Barramundi School fell victim to the WA-wide operation code-named 'Operation Python', which targeted drug users, dealers and stolen property. Police told the court that they executed a search warrant on a property in Erythrina Street last week and seized 34 grams of cannabis packaged in 16 'deal bags'. They also seized $5110 in cash. Cross appeared in court in Kununurra on Monday charged with possession of a prohibited drug with intention to sell or supply. He was fined $6000, the cash was confiscated and the drug ordered to be destroyed. The officer in charge of Kununurra police Snr Sgt Larry Turner said the incident was a reassurance to people that police would act on information received. He said that if people suspected dealings in illicit drugs they should call Kununurra police on 9166 4580 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 338000. Police would then take appropriate action,indeed...
July 5th 2005:
Princeton> Owensville Police announced the arrest of two town residents Sunday, after a traffic stop found the driver allegedly under the influence and his passenger allegedly in possession of cannabis. According to a press release, Reserve Officer Jason Wright stopped a vehicle driven by Dustin John, 21, of Owensville at Brumitt and Mill streets, after observing the car drive left of center. Wright stated that he noticed a "strong odor" coming from John's breath and arrested him for driving under the influence. He also ticketed him for driving left of center and possession of drug paraphernalia. John's passenger, Nickolas F. John, 19, also of Owensville was charged with possession of 200 grams of cannabis and minor consumption of alcohol. Both suspects were taken to the Gibson County Jail.
'and five pounds of marijuana'
4th July 2005:
FLORENCE, S.C.> Authorities arrested more than 60 people on cockfighting and animal cruelty charges after receiving a tip. Police seized roosters and cockfighting equipment on Saturday as well as thousands in cash and five pounds of marijuana. "It's very trashy, very nasty and bloody," Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker said of the scene. "It's very unsanitary, very depressing when you see all those dead chickens lying on the ground." Authorities said the arrests followed two years of investigation. "We've been made aware of cockfighting activity in this area, but have been unsuccessful in finding the location until today," Parker said. He said 60 to 80 people were arrested and some fled on foot and are being sought. The South Carolina House approved legislation this spring that would raise the state's cockfighting penalty from a maximum fine of $100 and 30 days in jail to $1,000 and as much as a year prison for a first offense. A third conviction could bring a $5,000 fine and five years, not to mention the five pounds of marijuana that's life in these parts.
4th July 2005:
A former fire chief in Osceola County, Fla., was arrested Sunday after a tip led police to the discovery of a $1 million drug operation on the man's property, according to Local 6 News. A highly sophisticated drug operation is discovered at Jeffrey Hall's home, according to Local 6 News. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office received a Crimeline tip Sunday regarding possible illegal drug activity at 11450 Broadstream Drive in St. Cloud. When officers investigated, they found a highly sophisticated drug operation at Jeffrey Hall's home, according to Local 6 News. Hall was renting the home to former firefighter Paul Hersch, Local 6 News reported. During the raid, agents confiscated 460 marijuana plants , 18 pounds of finished marijuana and several grow rooms with watering and high tech lighting systems to aid in the production of the drug, according to a sheriff's department release. The type of marijuana recovered was "crippy" marijuana which is a type of cannabis that has an increased THC content and brings in a higher street value, the release, Full Content................
July 3rd 2005:
Gunerneville> A west Sonoma County state park was closed for more than four hours Friday after deputies discovered a network of marijuana plants with an end-of-season harvest value estimated to be about $47 million, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department reported. Lt. Roger Rude said deputies discovered the network of 23,652 plants in the Gilliam Creek drainage area of the Austin Creek State Recreation Area. "This is one of the largest groves ever found in Sonoma County," he said. Rude described the general location of the garden network as very remote and rugged terrain frequented by hikers and hunters. He said the plants' estimated harvest value is based on each mature plant yielding about a pound of marijuana and each pound selling for about $2,000. Rude said a hunter came upon a garden containing about 500 plants at the back end of the park and used a global positioning device to pinpoint its location in the recreation area and notify a state park ranger, Full Plantation.........
I'd hang these drug dealers
July 3rd 2005:
Southborough> A small party at a friend's house led to the arrest of two teens after the group was caught bagging marijuana to sell, according to police. Jeremy A. Adelson, 15, of 1232 Skylar Road, Southborough, and Kurt O. Jacobson, 15, of 57a West Sutton Road, Sutton, were arrested at 98 Breakneck Hill Road at 7 p.m. Wednesday, police said. "They were putting marijuana into small bags for sale," Southborough Police Chief William Webber said. The teens were each charged with possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute and a conspiracy violation of controlled substance law, according to police. Police responded after residents called to report several people going in and out of the home, Police Chief William Webber said,if it were up to me I'd hang these drug dealers from the nearest yardarm, Nice.. More Cannabis Baggies....
'manufacture and possession of marijuana'
July 2nd 2005:
Flagler County deputies raided a Palm Coast home Friday morning and seized more than $150,000 worth of marijuana plants. Deputies searched 16 Ferber Lane after a two-month investigation by the Narcotics Enforcement Team and information from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. Flagler deputies found a sophisticated indoor growing system with 124 marijuana plants and 20 pounds of marijuana, according to the Sheriff's Office. They also found a handgun, shotgun and drug paraphernalia. David Glen Brunk III, 24, and Sarah Selfridge, a local transvestite 21, were charged with manufacture and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Sheriff's Office. Each was released Friday on $46,500 bail at the Flagler County Inmate Facility.
'Police acting on an anonymous tip-off'
July 2nd 2005:
A teacher found with £12,000 worth of cannabis growing at his home was jailed for 10 months yesterday. Daniel Clark, 58, has already been forced to quit his job and faces having his assets seized, a court was told. Clark, a teacher for more than 30 years, had been growing the plants for 10 years. He admitted cultivating and possessing the drug but his plea of not guilty to possession with intent to supply was accepted by the prosecution. Police acting on an anonymous tip-off raided Clark's home in Newarthill, Lanarkshire, in July, Hamilton Sheriff Court was told. The officers immediately detected a strong smell of cannabis and found 160 plants in various stages of growth as well as other plants being dried out. Claire McConville, prosecuting, said Clark was separated from his wife and lived with his daughter and son. She said: 'He admitted he was growing cannabis in the garage and admitted having plants in the loft of his home.' Full Grass...........
"I left your tip on the counter."
July 1st 2005:
Jacksonville> Leaving a half-gram of marijuana as a tip at a Starbucks is a bad idea. Coming back the next day, fighting with the police and dropping your stash is even worse. But police say that's what Delshawn Brejean, 65, of Jacksonville, did. According to a Sheriff's Office report, a customer at the Starbucks told the server as he was leaving, "I left your tip on the counter." When she looked down, she saw a small amount of unwrapped marijuana. When Brejean came into the store Tuesday, the server recognized him. She called a security guard and police. When he got to the door to leave, the security guard identified himself, but Brejean wouldn't stop, police said. Jacksonville sheriff's Officer T.J. Hooker intervened and a struggle ensued in the parking lot, where others helped subdue Brejean. During the fracas, Brejean dropped a box of marijuana and rolling papers, officers said. Brejean was charged with battery, resisting an officer, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.