'act of God'
June 30th 2005:
A lightning strike caused a fire at an apartment building in Westwood on Wednesday afternoon, destroying the roof and damaging several units, officials said. No injuries were reported in the fire at the Polo Run apartment property. The building's roof had collapsed by the time firefighters arrived. Ten units had damage caused by fire, smoke or water, forcing some residents to find another place to stay. While examining one unit, firefighters found a marijuana-growing operation, authorities said. A resident of that unit was arrested. The resident claimed the marijuana wasn't in the unit when he left for work Wednesday morning, oh yeah!! said Westwood Police Chief Ted Hitcher.
'cheeky undercover cop'
June 29th 2005:
How a stakeout on a Yorks farm led to infiltration of global drug gang The busting of a drugs ring: Officers went undercover to bring smugglers to justice. Operation Caddy began as a fairly routine investigation into an illegal skunk cannabis factory in West Yorkshire – but ended with police smashing international plots to smuggle tens of millions of pounds worth of drugs into Britain from across the globe. Only now can it be revealed how initially one – and later two more – undercover police officers infiltrated international gangs with links spreading from the UK to Spain, the Far East and South America during a four-year operation.
Details could not be published until the final court case involving the last accused.
The undercover cops, one a female officer, had to play a deadly cat and mouse game with gangs of international criminals, knowing that they were playing for high stakes – and their lives were in danger if their cover was blown. More Cheek............
'yielded 105 pounds of marijuana'
June 28th 2005
Customs agents arrested two men on Saturday after a search of their 18-wheeler in Sebastian yielded 105 pounds of marijuana. Larry Junior Chasten, age unknown, of North Carolina and Servando Vela Jr., 19, of McAllen, appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John William Black on charges of possession and the intent to distribute 105 pounds of marijuana. According to criminal complaints, agents found the marijuana hidden in two black duffels inside a load of mangos. Court records show Chasten, the driver, intended to collect more than $15,000 to transport the marijuana to Montgomery, Ala., at $150 per pound. Vela, the passenger, said he knew they were hauling the drug. Full Yield........
'remnants of a drug lab'
June 27th 2005:
Police in southeastern New Brunswick have arrested a man in connection with an explosion in a home they believe was being used to produce illegal drugs. Denis Richard has been charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, production of marijuana and obstruction of justice.
His home in Saint Gabriel-de-Kent blew up in May. No one was there at the time. When they combed through the ashes of the building, police say they found what appeared to be the remnants of a drug lab. Richard will appear in court on July 5 to answer to the charges.
'lighting systems and more than 220 marijuana plants'
June 27th 2005:
A man and woman from Pacifica were arrested in connection with a marijuana growing operation in Daly City that had an estimated street value of $700,000, authorities report. Around 9:30 a.m. Friday, the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force joined Daly City police in serving a search warrant in the 300 block of Higate Drive in Daly City. Arriving at the house, officers saw two suspects flee from the rear of the home and try to hide in some back yard bushes. The suspects were detained and a marijuana growing operation was discovered inside the home. A search warrant was obtained, and the task force discovered an extensive operation inside the home, which included irrigation, ventilation, lighting systems and more than 220 marijuana plants. The plants, which ranged from 6 inches to 3 feet in size, were seized along with the equipment, the task force reported. Task force officials identified the suspects as 71-year-old Raymond Ng, a self-employed gardener, and 62-year-old Wendy Yeung, a cashier. Both were booked into the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City with bail set at $100,000 each, according to the task force.
June 26th 2005:
For stopping a car thief who had a stolen handgun and was driving recklessly, police officers Alexander Kelch and Jonathan Jungen were named the First Precinct's Cops of the Month.
On Dec. 17, the two officers were riding together on midnight patrol in the North Amityville area when they came upon a man driving erratically on Albany Avenue. As they got closer, they saw the man was watching a pornographic movie on a dashboard-mounted DVD player. The officers stopped the car and, as they approached the window, immediately recognized the odor of marijuana. Kelch and Jungen asked the driver to step out of the car so they could give him a field sobriety test, Full Horror...................
Newsman's "hobby" of growing cannabis
June 26th 2005:
Green-fingered TV news cameraman Bill Moody's "hobby" of growing cannabis has landed him in jail for cultivating and supplying the drug. Belfast Crown Court heard yesterday that the 50-year-old freelance was caught when his "bumper crop" went up in smoke at his Burnside Road home in Doagh. Prosecuting lawyer Shenna Mahaffey said police uncovered the cannabis farm when emergency services were tasked to the blaze on September 8 2003. She added that Moody, jailed for nine months after agreeing to serve a further year's probation, immediately told police about his cannabis factory which had a sophisticated hydrophonic and air filtration system. Ms Mahaffey said during a search police uncovered £42,000 worth of cannabis plants. Full Supply.............
June 25th 2005:
Investigators were pleased after seizing 5 pounds of marijuana, valued at $10,000, and $3,500 in cash as the result of a Wednesday traffic stop. Bainbridge Public Safety investigators expressed satisfaction this week after making two drug busts that netted $3,500 in cash and more than 5 pounds of marijuana. Three people, including two 17-year-old boys and a 25-year-old man, were arrested in connection with the busts. The 5 pounds of marijuana seized on Wednesday had a street value of about $10,000, investigators said. That bust may have been one of the largest in the county in 10 years, said Investigator Frank Green, who was an investigator with the Sheriff’s Office before joining BPS last year. On Wednesday, Travis Shondrell Cull, 25, of Colquitt, Ga., was arrested and , Full Stop.................
June 25th 2005:
The Portsmouth-based warship HMS Liverpool was involved in a high-speed ocean chase to stop £2m-worth of marijuana reaching the streets. The warship foiled Caribbean drug-runners off the coast of St Vincent. The massive stash was recovered from a speedboat after a tip-off.The warship also contacted the French frigate FS Ventose, which was in the area, for back-up. Liverpool closed in on the speedboat and directed Ventose to launch her helicopter in pursuit. Guided by Liverpool, the helicopter soon found the target and caught the powerboat in searchlight beams. The smugglers tried frantic high-speed manoeuvres to escape and began throwing their valuable cargo of drugs overboard. But sailors aboard Liverpool quickly recovered the bales of marijuana from the sea, and with the helicopter and two warships on their tail the smugglers were halted in their tracks.
Drug gang's grand piano plan
June 24th 2005:
A drugs gang plotted to use fake pianos to smuggle millions of pounds worth of drugs into Britain, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Piano shells made out of MDF and other hollow furniture such as bookshelves were to hide the drugs as they were driven to the UK on the back of a lorry, it was alleged. Lorry driver Jasraj Singh (39), of Harborne, Birmingham, and four other men deny drugs charges. Mukul Chawla QC, prosecuting, said police heard details of drug smuggling and distribution when a secret listening device was fitted to a " fortress" run by gang member James Ward (53), in Battersea, south London. He said: " Conversations heard in February, last year, suggested they could use a piano to bring in amphetamines, cocaine and other drugs from Holland." Mr Chawla added: "These defendants are drug dealers on a commercial scale." The first in March, last year, had yielded 60 kilos of cannabis resin in Croydon, Surrey. Full Recital............
'trafficking marijuana by possession'
Rocky Mount Telegram
J. Eric Eckard
June 23rd 2005:
A week ago, authorities arrested a pair of suspected drug dealers and confiscated 2½ pounds of marijuana. The seizure was kept quiet while the Drug Enforcement Administration decided whether to charge the two with federal drug violations, said Lt. Pat Joyner of the Nash County Sheriff's Office. On Tuesday, Joyner said, the DEA decided against charging them, but federal authorities confiscated the $6,059 in cash seized when the pair were stopped on June 16 at the 125-mile marker on Interstate 95. Benjamin Charles Houston Jr., 27, of Fayetteville and Dionne Smith, 26, of Norfolk, Va., were arrested during a drug interdiction program initiated jointly by the sheriff's office and Rocky Mount police. Houston and Smith both were charged with trafficking marijuana by possession and transportation, Full Possession..............
'a tip about the marijuana "grow house"
Kiran Krishnamurpy/Jim Nolan
June 23rd 2005:
Authorities this week raided marijuana "grow houses" in Prince George and Essex counties believed to be connected to the multimillion-dollar pot-growing operations uncovered at two other central Virginia homes last week.The raids Tuesday on the houses -- which harvested 770 cannabis plants and more than 75 pounds of marijuana -- were disclosed yesterday as Virginia State Police and the Caroline County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of a second man sought in connection with the growing operation. Luu Dinh, 35, and Dim Git 42 of Tappahannock was arrested yesterday morning by Caroline County authorities. Dinh was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and was being held without bond at the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County.
"It appears that we are investigating an organized group that is in the business of manufacturing marijuana," said state police Lt. Richard A. Childers. Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa said yesterday that his office had received a tip about the marijuana "grow house" in Prince George County. More Tips...................
'more than four tonnes of marijuana'
June 22nd 2005:
Police chief Alejandro Dominguez was gunned down in Nuevo Laredo Mexico has held nearly 500 people in an ongoing operation against drug-related violence, the government says. Authorities say they have confiscated more than four tonnes of marijuana in the first week of the offensive by Mexican forces along the US border. The focus is Nuevo Laredo, where about 700 police are being investigated over alleged roles in drug-related crime. The city is a key transit point for drugs into the US and cartels have been fighting for control of the market. A BBC correspondent in Nuevo Laredo says this weekend saw the 71st death this year from the violence. The Mexican army and federal police are deployed in the states of Baja California, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas. Mexico has asked the US to boost border security to stop weapons-trafficking, following criticism from Washington over the way Mexico manages security. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the Bush administration was increasingly concerned about drug-related violence along the Mexican border. Concerns about lawlessness in Nuevo Laredo were reignited earlier this month after the city police chief was shot dead hours after he took up the post. More than 500 people are said to have died so far this year in the violence in northern Mexico.
'cannabis cultivation' he is in custody'
June 21st 2005:
A lawn bowls club has closed down after being taken over by the Bandidos motorcycle gang and used for serious criminal activity. Two Bandidos were arrested when the Weston Bowling Club at Kurri Kurri, in the Hunter Valley, was raided by police who allegedly seized a quantity of illicit drugs along with documents and a computer hard drive. Government officials believe the club may have been used to launder money and as a den for selling drugs. They hold serious concerns that the club's gaming and liquor activities are controlled by the Bandidos. An investigation is under way into activities at the club, which has a membership of just 35 and operates nine poker machines. The club was shut down for 72 hours last Friday after officers from Strike Force Dalby executed a search warrant the day before. A police spokeswoman said a 31-year-old Bandido was arrested and charged with five drug offences including supply and conspiracy to supply amphetamines and cannabis cultivation. He is in custody. Full Supply.........
'Marijuana plants seized from apartment'
June 21st 2005:
Caddo Shreveport narcotics agents seized 14 marijuana plants at an apartment complex on.Bert Kouns Industrial Loop in Shreveport Wednesday, authorities said.
The tenant, Caleb Allen, 22, of Shreveport, was charged with cultivating marijuana and possession
of marijuana, Caddo sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick said.
Agents learned of the "marijuana grow" through a tip from an off-duty Caddo sheriff's deputy,
she said. The deputy works security at the complex.
The 14 plants, valued at $14,000, were about two months old, Chadwick said.
Allen was booked into Caddo Correctional Center in lieu of $30,488 bond.
'Grandma's Pot Tomatoes'
June 20th 2005:
Fayetteville N.C.>Cumberland County authorities arrested a man who they say found a fertile spot to grow some illicit herbs -- his grandmother's garden. Cornelius Shaw, 40, is charged with manufacturing marijuana that he allegedly grew in his grandmother's back yard, the sheriff's department said Sunday. He was arrested at her house Friday and was freed on $8,000 bond.
An off-duty sheriff's deputy discovered the weed patch when he was at a yard sale. Tom Zilg glanced into the yard next door and spotted what investigators later established was 250 marijuana plants with a street value of $125,000, according to a department news release. Investigators said Shaw told his grandmother he was growing tomatoes, and she had no idea what he was really up to, I see........
'handling a stolen lawnmower'
June 19th 2005:
Three men have appeared in court after a drugs seizure in County Antrim.
The accused are Damien Michael O'Connor, 34, from Oriel Drive, Downpatrick and Damien Casement, 34, from Killyleagh Street, Crossgar.
Also charged was James Gordon Withers, 43, from Doagh Road, Newtownabbey. All were charged with possessing a Class B drug with intent. Amphetamines and cannabis estimated at £23,000 were found during a search in Newtownabbey on Friday, a court heard. Mr Withers faces additional charges of possessing a Class C drug with intent, handling a stolen lawnmower and obstructing a police officer. Belfast Magistrates, Full intent.......
'and a home-made mortar'
June 18th 2005:
A Northam police operation over the Foundation Day long weekend saw three men charged with 31 offences. Police executed eight search warrants, seven in Northam and one in Bakers Hill.
As a result of the searches, more than 750 grams of cannabis, a quantity of cannabis seeds, smoking implements, weapons, ammunition, two hydroponic irrigation systems and two brown snakes were located. Among the weapons was a home-made mortar with an effective range of around a hundred metres. A 33-year-old Bakers Hill man was charged with cultivating cannabis with intent to sell or supply, possessing cannabis with intent to sell or supply, possessing cannabis, possessing prohibited plants and possessing a smoking implement used for smoking a prohibited drug. More Rounds.............
'marijuana farm' three plants?
June 17th 2005:
Merton police swooped on a suspected backyard drug operation, seizing equipment and making one arrest. Officers from Mitcham station, supported by police community support officers (PCSOs), raided the house in a quiet street in Pollards Hill on Wednesday last week.Behind the veneer of suburban respectability they found a shed that had been converted into a mini-drugs factory. When the property was searched, officers found the concealed hothouse in which hundreds of pounds worth of marijuana was being grown, Hundreds eh, possible 3 plants then...... The equipment and drugs were hidden behind wooden panels in what looked like a normal shed, but it was connected to the mains so a hydroponic light could keep the heat-loving plants at their optimum growth temperature 24 hours a day. Full Swoop............
'£17,000-a-year public school'
June 16th 2005:
A BOY of 14 has been expelled from a top public school for allegedly selling cannabis to another pupil. The teenager is the third in 15 months to get the boot for drugs offences at £17,000-a-year Woodbridge School, Suffolk.
Head Stephen Cole confirmed the expulsion.He added: "We will not tolerate anybody in this community who sells, attempts to sell or pass on drugs to others."
The other pupil has been subjected to "appropriate action". Suffolk police said they were aware of the incident but there was "no evidence" of a criminal offence.
'cultivating cannabis and abstracting electricity'.
Gt Manchester UK
June 15th 2005:
A 26-year-old local man has been arrested after a number of cannabis plants were discovered at a house in Weaste on Saturday 11 June 2005.
Officers from the Tactical Vehicle Crime Unit originally arrested the man on suspicion of the theft of a van that was parked outside of a house on Thornfield Street. Officers were examining the van when they saw a man quickly open and close the curtains at an address on the street. The officers knocked at the door of the house and as they looked through the letterbox they saw two men running into the back of the house. One officer ran around the rear of the house and arrested a 26-year-old man. It is thought that the second man managed to run out via the front of the house.
As officers started to search the house they discovered a number of cannabis plants that were growing in numerous rooms. The 26-year-old was later arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and abstracting electricity. The man has been bailed until 3 September 2005 pending further enquiries.
"He then continued as the gardener looking after the plants."
June 15th 2005:
A student converted a flat into a hothouse to grow hundreds of cannabis plants, a court has heard.
Billy Corr had special lighting and growbags in the flat in Rupert Street, Glasgow, and the total value was between £35,000 and £70,000.
Corr, who admitted producing the drug, was caught by police after a downstairs neighbour complained about overflowing water which had caused a damp patch.
Sentence on Corr, 21, of Maryhill Road, was deferred for background reports. The High Court in Glasgow heard that when the landlord went to investigate the neighbour's complaint, he found hundreds of cannabis plants and called the police. Full Cultivation........
'the citizen immediately ran away'
June 14th 2005:
Bridgeville>4,000 plants seized in pot raid. No one was arrested when authorities responded to a citizen's complaint about a marijuana grow and found more than 4,000 plants about a mile above the Golden Gate subdivision.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Department said deputies responded Friday around 11 a.m. and found 4,075 plants ranging in height from 2 to 4 feet.The deputies were working on a tip from someone who found the garden while walking in the area. When the person found the garden, he said he also saw someone of Asian origin holding a rifle standing nearby. The citizen immediately ran away, hardly surprising.
No one was found in the garden when deputies responded with quad runner all-terrain vehicles.The case is still under investigation.
“Alice in Wonderland”
Maria J. Flora
June 14th 2005:
A man was sentenced Monday on charges stemming from a drug bust in which officials said they found 20 pounds of marijuana.
Police searched a rented home on Sycamore Street in February after receiving an anonymous tip. Jesse James Cox, 35, and Laura Jean Hankins, 34, shared the house with their children.
Smugglers brought the marijuana from Mexico in brick form, police said. Montgomery County Police Sgt. Jake Watson did not think Cox or Hankins smuggled the drug but intended to sell it for $20,000-$32,000, depending on the quantities into which they divided it. The smugglers were not believed to be from Montgomery County, Watson said. “In my 17 years on the department, this is the most marijuana I’ve seen at one time,” Montgomery County Chief Deputy Bob Coudret said. Police also said they found drug paraphernalia, including a pipe shaped like “Alice in Wonderland’s” Cheshire Cat, Full Smile........
'life imprisonment' trifle harsh,
June 13th 2005:
THE maximum penalty for cultivating or trafficking a large commercial quantity of cannabis in Australia is life imprisonment. Offenders also can be fined up to $525,000 and have their homes seized.
Changes to the law in 2002 introduced the concept of a large commercial quantity, which was set at more than 1000 plants, or 250kg. Anyone caught with more than 100 plants or 25kg of plant material can be charged with cultivation or trafficking of a commercial quantity. The maximum penalty for trafficking or cultivation of a commercial quantity is 25 years' jail. Houses used for growing large commercial quantities are automatically forfeited under the Confiscation Act if they are owned by the offender. Full Sentence..........
'I killed someone'
Rockford Register Star
June 12th 2005:
Marchini, 27, is a lifelong Rockford-area resident. He was born at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and grew up in Stillman Valley, according to an affidavit filed by Marchini in court Friday. He works as a boring-machine operator at Custom Underground Inc. in Ashton. Before that, he worked for the Rockford Park District for about seven years, the affidavit states.
Marchini's mother, Kathy Montana, testified Friday that Marchini has a learning disability, is on medication for depression and has been treated for marijuana addiction.
O'Connor also offered that Marchini had a 1996 conviction for forgery in Ogle County and told officers on the night of the crash that he had spent the inheritance from when his father died to put a faster engine in his car.
Police also found a marijuana bowl on the front seat of Marchini's car, Full Story.........
'cultivating a prohibited plant'
June 11th 2005
Sydney> police conducting random breath testing say they have sniffed out a hydroponic cannabis set-up in a nearby house.
Campsie and Ashfield police were carrying out random breath tests along Canterbury Road, Punchbowl, about 11pm yesterday, when they noticed a strong smell coming from the property.
Police allege about 300 cannabis plants - potentially worth $600,000 - and a hydroponic set-up were found inside. A 44-year-old Punchbowl man has been charged with cultivating a prohibited plant and cultivating an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug. He will appear in Parramatta Bail Court today.
'marijuana eradication team'
June 10th 2005:
Investigation leads to marijuana seizure. A woman was arrested on suspicion of possessing and selling marijuana, and 20 pounds of the drug was seized from a business that was operating as a medical office, officials said. Investigators served a search warrant at California Care Givers Christian Alliance in the 50900 block of Big Bear Boulevard at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The search followed a three-month undercover investigation by the sheriff's Narcotics Division's marijuana eradication team into allegations that marijuana was being sold at the office, officials said. Undercover investigators said they found packages of marijuana and marijuana plants at the location and discovered a second office in Big Bear Lake where more packaged marijuana was seized. Deputies arrested Tiffany Klines, 67.
'possession of a marijuana pipe'
June 9th 2005:
City of Delafield - Wedding party revelers celebrated a little too long and ended up being cited by police May 30. Police were called to Holiday Inn Express, 3030 Golf Road, shortly before 3 a.m. for individuals who were loud and acting disorderly. Police went to the second floor and saw some individuals who were talking loudly standing in the hallway, the report said. One person, Michael Schreck, 23, of Brookfield, started to walk away and up to the third floor, but was stopped by an officer, the report said. The officer asked Vorman to step away, but he only laughed, the report said.
Police patted down Schreck and found him in possession of a marijuana pipe, Full Possession.....................
'boat carrying £24m worth of cannabis'
June 8th 2005:
Scottish police say they have smashed a major smuggling ring after a fishing boat carrying an estimated £24m worth of cannabis was stopped off Spain.
The four crew members - including two Scots, aged 49 and 43 - were arrested, along with a further three people in Glasgow and Perth. Authorities believe the drugs, which weighted eight tonnes, were destined for Scotland. The swoop was co-ordinated by the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency.
Its head of operations, Detective Superintendent Campbell Corrigan, said the seizure was a "major body blow" to an organised crime group based in Scotland, Full Story.............
'I will still smoke pot'
June 7th 2005:
"I'm going to have to be prepared to be arrested," said Diane Monson, who smokes marijuana several times a day to relieve back pain. Monday, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal authorities may arrest and prosecute people whose doctors recommend marijuana to ease pain, concluding that state laws do not protect users from a federal ban on the drug.The two plaintiffs in the medical marijuana case say they will defy the ruling and continue to smoke pot, even at the risk of arrest by federal authorities. Monson, 48, of Oroville, was prescribed marijuana by her doctor in 1997 for her battle with degenerative spine disease. "I'm way disappointed. There are so many people that need cannabis," Monson said.
'vodka, bud light, marijuana, opium and ecstasy'
June 6th 2005:
Newton > A city teen who had alcohol on his breath and marijuana on his chest, was arrested Thursday night when officers inquired why he had pulled his Jeep Cherokee to the side of Littlefield Road, police said.
Joshua Kadis, 16, also had a gallon jug of vodka, a half-empty 30-pack of Bud Light, a large amount of marijuana, opium and Ecstasy in the Jeep, Officer Dave Spirito said.
He said a glass water bong, a box of plastic sandwich bags and a plastic container used to crush marijuana were also found. Kadis, of 14 Clifton Road, was charged, Full Test............
'gave deputies two joints'
Rocky Mount Telegram
June 5th 2005:
Nash County deputies arrested a man this week, charging him with growing $12,000 worth of marijuana in his back yard. Michael Crocker, 42, of the 5200 block of West Mount Drive was charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and simple possession of marijuana. He was jailed under a $2,000 bond. Nash County deputies received information from a confidential informant that Crocker was growing marijuana behind his house, and deputies went to the residence to talk to Crocker, authorities said. Crocker allowed deputies to search the property, authorities said, and they found five 2-foot plants about 25 feet from his house. The plants were valued at $2,400 apiece. Crocker also gave deputies two joints that were inside his residence.
'call Liberty State Police at 835-282-6600'
June 4th 2005:
During the past several weeks, State Police at Liberty have investigated numerous larcenies of all terrain vehicles as well as burglaries of several homes. The investigation into several burglaries in the Town of Liberty led to arrests. Henry Goetschius, 44, of Liberty was charged with burglary in the second degree, criminal sale of a small child in the first degree and growing 46 cannabis plants.
Eugene Polick, 60, of Neversink, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree for possessing an all terrain vehicle which was stolen, criminal sale of a firearm in the third degree, growing cannabis and unlawful possession of marijuana,same thing in it. Becca Goetschius, 46, of Liberty was charged with growing 350 cannabis plants. Anyone with information is asked to call Liberty State Police at 845-292-6600.
'proceeds of crime'
NT Police yesterday placed a restraining order on a comfortable suburban townhouse under the Criminal Property Forfeiture Act. Two vehicles and $90,000 cash belonging to the owners of 3/4 Winston St, Stuart Park, in Darwin, are also the subject of a restraining order after police allegedly found more than 12kg of cannabis hidden inside last month. William John McGregor, 60, and Maria Laidat-McGregor, 36, are charged with possessing a commercial quantity of cannabis, supplying a traffickable quantity of cannabis and possessing the cash and proceeds of crime. Both were remanded in custody and are due to appear at Darwin Magistrates Court for a hand-up committal on July 5. The two-bedroom townhouse is believed to be valued at $200,000, Full Crime........
'taken more than 10,000 cannabis plants'
June 2nd 2005:
Police are leading the fight to close down the cannabis factories used to grow drugs on our doorstep. Since August last year, officers in Greenwich borough have raided 49 homes in residential areas and taken more than 10,000 cannabis plants. Only leaves another two million in Woolwich alone. More than £4m worth of the Class C drug has been seized. Greenwich's Superintendent Carol Grigg says clamping down on the problem is vital in preventing further crime. She said: "Cannabis feeds and pays for a lot of other crimes. It generates so much revenue."It is an area of major concern to the community and it is important we respond to the problem. Most of the police raids, which began on August 1 last year, have taken place in the Woolwich or Plumstead areas More Plants..................
'to deliver her baby in jail'.
June 2nd 2005:
A pregnant New Brunswick woman convicted of selling marijuana for what she insisted were medicinal purposes will have to deliver her baby in jail. Lynn Wood, 32, owner of the Cannabis Cafe in Saint John, N.B., was sentenced to one year in jail on Wednesday for trafficking in marijuana in a case that raised questions about the sale of pot to people who say it eases their pain and suffering. Wood defended her cafe as a compassion club where people who wanted to purchase marijuana had to prove to her that they needed it for medicinal purposes. But Provincial Court Judge Murray Cain did not buy the compassion club argument and convicted Wood of trafficking in February. Full Term.........
'cops were "overwhelmed"
June 1st 2005:
A teenage cannabis farmer sobbed as he escaped jail for cultivating hundreds of weed plants. Hung Nguyen, 17, admitted feeding and watering 270 plants in two houses. To keep his crop well-lit, the Vietnamese illegal immigrant bypassed the electricity supply and got £7,500 of power for free. Blackfriars Crown Court heard he was paid £200 a week to mind the crop. Prosecutor Joseph Brown told the court last Wednesday that cops were "overwhelmed" by illegal Vietnamese immigrants growing cannabis in South-east London. Drug squads raided a premises in Battle Road, Erith, on December 16, and found rows upon rows of the plants, Full Overwhelming.........
'over 3,350 police officers killed'
June 1st 2005:
Police seized over 240 kg of illicit drugs in the southern and northwestern provinces, Khuzestan and West Azarbaijan, according to reports Wednesday. Four drug traffickers were arrested and handed over to judicial authorities, he said. Police have nabbed 718 kg of hashish, 7 kg of opium, and two kg of heroin here since the new Iranian calendar year 1384 (started March 21, 2005), Rastegar added. The drug officers also seized 144 kg of illicit drugs in West Azarbaijan over the past week. Talking to reporters, provincial police official Shahnam Rezaei said 39 drug traffickers were arrested and handed over to judicial authorities during the same period. Some 1.2 million people are addicted to narcotics in Iran while about 800,000 people use drugs occasionally. In the country's relentless anti-drug campaign, over 3,350 police officers have lost their lives in the past 25 years. Some 300 billion rials has been allocated in this year's budget to fund preventive measures, treatment, research, and promotion of non-governmental institutions active in the campaign against illicit drugs.
'acting strangely in Marks & Spencer's'
June 1st 2005:
A Shoplifter who stole children's clothes was carrying a large quantity of herbal cannabis when he was stopped by police. James Thorn, formerly of Chesterton, admitted stealing clothes worth £99.93 from Next in Sidney Street, Cambridge, on December 4. He also pleaded guilty to the drugs charge and admitted failing to turn up for a previous court appearance. At Cambridge Magistrates' Court, Yetunde Fawehinmi, prosecuting, said Thorne was spotted by a member of the store's staff acting strangely. "Clothing was being concealed in a Marks & Spencer's bag he had with him," she said. Thorne left the store and went into Top Shop where he got another plastic bag to further conceal the items. Full Search...................