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.
'sniffer dog, a helicopter and a police patrol'
November 30th 2005
Police shut down a Glasgow cannabis farm after a helicopter with a thermal imaging device detected a major source of heat coming from a house roof.
Police patrolling a quiet, suburban street in the city noted a strong smell of cannabis, but couldn't pinpoint the house.
A sniffer dog managed to find the property but it wasn't until the helicopter went up that they were able to be certain which was the right house.
At the High Court in Glasgow yesterday on the fourth day of his trial, horticulturist Richard Murray, 59, admitted growing cannabis in his house at Keith Court, Partick, and being in illegal possession of the drug.
Prosecutor Alastair Kennedy accepted his plea of not guilty to being involved in the supply of, Full Force....
'seizure of 1,500 kilos of cannabis'
November 29th 2005
Irish police are continuing their investigations into a drugs ring, after the seizure of 1,500 kilos of cannabis in west Dublin. The potential street value of the consignment is being put at €10.5 million. It is thought the drugs arrived into the country through Dublin port. They were uncovered at a warehouse off the Naas Road yesterday afternoon. No arrests have yet been made in connection with the seizure.
'possession of drug paraphernalia'
November 28th 2005
Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after Plano police officers searched his vehicle during a traffic stop.
Irvin, an ESPN analyst and semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, told The Associated Press late Sunday that the drug pipe found in his car belonged to a friend of 17 years who left a Houston rehab center and came to Irvin’s house in Carrollton for Thanksgiving. Irvin said he put the pipe in his car because he didn’t want it in his house where his children might find it. He said he planned to drive somewhere the next day, like a grocery trash bin, and throw the pipe away, but forgot, Full Tale.....
'they were evasive'
November 27th 2005
Jason Longo was teetering on death when RCMP responded to a 911 call from his residence on June 19, 2004. A female officer resuscitated him and emergency services transported him to hospital. RCMP began questioning two female residents of the house to find out his identity. They were evasive. Police soon noticed drug paraphernalia on the table and further investigation exposed 265 plants of marijuana drying in one room and 125 plants growing in another. Longo was later charged with one count of production of a controlled substance and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
According to a recent Court Watch report, he plead guilty to production and the other charge was dropped, Full Evasions...
'suspicion of cultivating cannabis'
November 26th 2005
The Bradford District Drugs Team has uncovered suspected cannabis plants in the basement of a Keighley home. Officers also seized hydroponics equipment from what is believed to be a drugs factory operating at the address. The discovery was made after a search warrant was executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act. A 39 year old local man has been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and abstracting electricity. He has been released on police bail pending forensic examination of the plants. Detective Sergeant Mark Long from the Bradford District Drug Team said: "Nowhere is out of bounds when it comes to our enquiries. We will take action against anyone we believe to be involved in drugs supply whether they trade from our streets, our pubs and clubs or from their homes, Full suspicion.....
'an anonymous tip off to Crimestoppers'
November 26th 2005
A second massive haul of cannabis plants has been recovered by detectives in the space of a week. Police swooped on the home in Epsom Road, Waddon, last Thursday and found a room packed with 45 plants ready for harvest.
And evidence picked up at a raid three days earlier in Brighton Road, South Croydon - where 88 cannabis plants covered three floors - had led the officers to the second address. Detectives first started investigating the Brighton Road hydroponics cannabis factory, which was described by a forensic scientist as "the most sophisticated set-up seen in his professional career", after an anonymous tip off to Crimestoppers, Full Anonymity.....
'facing more drugs charges'
November 25th 2005
A top designer at the fashion company Insidious Fix is facing more drugs charges after police discovered a second cannabis cultivation operation at another Auckland warehouse.
The second bust was at a warehouse rented to Jason Crawford, 35, who had been arrested following a police raid at the fashion label's base on Monday.He was released on bail after appearing in court on Tuesday but failed to report to police on Wednesday.
Police say Crawford was found hiding in a roof cavity in the second building.
In the first bust on Monday police found up to 1,000 plants and tens of thousands of dollars worth of cannabis heads in a warehouse in Onehunga after a tip-off from the public, Full Charges......
'rival grass growing operations'
November 24th 2005
The extent of cannabis manufacture in Tottenham has come to light after police closed six separate marijuana "factories" in one weekend. The first, in Mount Pleasant Road, was destroyed by an explosion - and one theory being examined is that the ensuing blaze sparked a rash of tip-offs about rival grass growing operations.
Police have described the weekend drug hauls as "significant", bringing the total number of drug factories discovered in Haringey this year to 35. A spokesman for Haringey Police said: "Police have uncovered 35 separate locations this year that have been adapted for the production and cultivation of cannabis, Read On....
November 24th 2005
Vector is investigating the possibility of power being stolen to run a huge cannabis operation. Auckland fashion designer John Crawford has been charged with cultivating cannabis after tens of thousands of dollars worth of cannabis heads were found at an Onehunga address. Power company Vector has been called in to have a look at the set up but a spokeswoman says the company is still unsure if power was stolen. She says there is a lot of work to do and it will be a few days before it is known if power was taken illegally and how.
November 23rd 2005
A grandmother has denied growing cannabis plants in her home.
Patricia Tabram, 66, is charged with the cultivation of cannabis, following a raid at her home in East Lea, Humshaugh, near Hexham on 16 September.
She appeared at Tyndale Magistrates Court in Hexham on Tuesday and elected to be tried before a crown court jury.
Magistrates heard police raided her home and recovered seven cannabis plants, cultivation equipment and 17g of the drug in her kitchen.
She was remanded on unconditional bail to reappear before the same court for a committal hearing on 17 January 2006, More....
Benedict Moore Bridger
November 22nd 2005
Police have shut down a large "cannabis factory" in Southall. More than 600 plants were discovered in the residential address as well as two black bags full of the drug.
Officers were called to the house following a tip-off by a member of the public on Monday, November 7.
Around 200 plants were found in a downstairs room, with a further 400 potted cannabis plants discovered in two of the upstairs bedrooms, Full Raid....
'huge and sophisticated'
November 22nd 2005
Some Auckland drug dealers could be in for a lean Christmas after police raided what they describe as a "huge" and sophisticated hydroponics cannabis operation.
Up to 1,000 plants and tens of thousands of dollars worth of cannabis heads were discovered in a warehouse in Onehunga on Monday after police followed up a tip-off from the public.
The heads have a street value of around $5,000 a pound and police say the total haul is worth up to $1 million.
Detective Sergeant Dave Nimmo said the alleged operation was huge and sophisticated, More....
'cannabis at school'
November 21st 2005
Five teenage pupils have been suspended after being caught with cannabis at school. The class-C drug was found on all five Year 11 students at Alsager High School which they said was for personal use after school hours.
The four boys and a girl at the school will now return on Wednesday after the completion of a five day suspension.
The parents of the five students, who supported the decision to suspend their children, were summoned to the school while the children were spoken to, Full Suspension..
'tip-off from suspicious neighbours'
November 20th 2005
Police uncovered a drug-making factory in a Luton house after a tip-off from suspicious neighbours. Cannabis plants worth tens of thousands of pounds were seized during a raid on the Lewsey Farm home.
The policeman in charge of the operation said that the early morning swoop followed information passed to police by people who are fed up with criminals operating on the estate.
One man was arrested during the raid and 335 cannabis plants contained in 20 large bags were seized. These have been sent to a laboratory for forensic examination. The neighbourhood policing team is urging residents in Lewsey Farm, Full Tip....
'helping police with their inquiries'
November 19th 2005
More than £350,000 worth of cannabis resin has been seized by police in north Belfast. Several people were arrested after the drugs were recovered during an operation in the Shore Road area of the city on Friday morning. A PSNI spokeswoman said officers from the Crime Operations Drugs Squad were involved in the seizure. "Three men have been arrested and are currently helping police with their inquiries," said the spokesman.
'The Campaign Against Marijuana Planting program'
November 18th 2005
State and local marijuana eradication teams seized record amounts of pot this season. The Campaign Against Marijuana Planting program confiscated 1,134,692 plants throughout California during the 2005 eradication season -- which generally runs from mid-July to the first week in October. "The 2005 total surpasses the previous record, set last year, by 513,377 plants. The marijuana eradicated in 2005 had an estimated street value of more than $4.5 billion," states information from Attorney General Bill Lockyer's Office. Some 76,490 of those plants were taken from sites located in Mendocino County; 133,441 were seized from various locations in Lake County; and 214,319 plants were seized from Shasta County, according to statistics from Lockyer. Only 150 marijuana plants were pulled from San Mateo County, which was on the bottom of Lockyer's list of the 31 counties involved in the eradication efforts, Full Campaign.........
November 17th 2005
A Spaniard tried to smuggle a kilo of cannabis into Scotland hidden inside a chesse. Customs officers cut open Carlos Sitton Cano's two-kilo cheese and found dope with a street value of about £5000. The crook is now awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to attempted drug smuggling. Customs stopped Cano at Glasgow Airport and found the large Garcia Sequoia cheese in his case.
The smuggler claimed it was a gift for his dad.
But officers were suspicious of the 22-year-old Spaniard because he flew in from Malaga with Globespan, an airline rarely used by foreigners.
'quantity of cannabis'
November 17th 2005
Police recovered a quantity of cannabis when they executed a warrant at a house. Anthony Venables told officers that there was just a bit in a tin, Fiona Cortese, prosecuting, told North Staffordshire magistrates. She said he admitted the cannabis, worth about £10, belonged to him and it was for his own personal use. Venables, aged 20, of Haregate Road, Leek, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis resin on October 20 this year and was fined £120 with £80 costs. John Kidney, defending, said his client was an occasional user of the class-C drug, just about sums the whole thing up these crass cannabis laws a complete waste of the tax payers money these type of prosecutions, still keeps me in employment.
'depends largely on public tip-offs'
November 16th 2005
Police are urging rural Bay people to form support networks to monitor unusual activity this summer after 16,000 cannabis plants were destroyed and 37 people arrested in a special drug operation. Success in weeding out cultivation and distribution of dope depends largely on public tip-offs. People in rural communities are encouraged to form rural support networks and share information about suspicious people or activity in their particular area.
"A combined police and community approach to suspicious activity in rural areas usually leads to better outcomes for all concerned," said Bay of Plenty Police Operations Manager Inspector Ray Sutton, Full Grass.....
'Officers swooped on a van'
November 16th 2005
Two Irish men were arrested today after gardaí seized cannabis worth €7m in Dublin. Officers from the Garda National Drugs Unit and Customs discovered a tonne of cannabis resin when they swooped on a van at the Junction of Infirmary Road and Parkgate Street in the city centre. The two men, aged 25 and 31, were arrested at the scene at 11.30am and are being detained under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act at Kilmainham Garda Station. A Customs spokesman said it was suspected the drugs had arrived in the city by ferry from Holland.
'conspiring to supply drugs'
November 15th 2005
A prison officer has been told he faces jail after he was found guilty of conspiring to supply drugs to a career criminal with links to the Kray twins.
Allan Ellis, 50, of Milton Keynes, who for 11 years worked at HMP Bullingdon near Bicester, was convicted of conspiracy to supply cannabis.
Oxford Crown Court heard how he tried to smuggle drugs into the jail for inmate Nicholas Lambrianou, 60.
Lambrianou is the brother of Reggie and Ronnie Kray's henchman Tony Lambrianou. On Monday, judge Julian Hall warned Ellis that he would be jailed, but released him on bail for three weeks to let him organise care for his children, More Conspiring......
'a tip-off from a member of the public'
November 15th 2005
Police from St George LAC today uncovered more than 200 plants at a suburban house in Sans Souci which was set up to cultivate cannabis. Shortly after 9.30am today, police raided a house in The Grand Parade at Sans Souci and will allege they found 233 plants – 138 plants over one metre tall and 95 plants under one metre – as well as 250grams of dried cannabis. The estimated street value of the drugs is $880,000. Police received a tip-off from a member of the public in regards to suspicious activity at the house last week. As well, a 17-year-old male youth was arrested in Waterloo this morning. He has been charged with cultivate prohibited plant and will appear in Sutherland Local Court today, Full Tip-Off.....
'a pungent smell seeping into their homes'
November 14th 2005
A drugs factory stuffed with tens of thousands of pounds of cannabis in a quiet Sheffield suburb has been stormed by police - after suspicious neighbours reported a pungent smell seeping into their homes.
Officers discovered cannabis plants growing in every room except the kitchen and bathroom at the three-storey terrace house on Walkley Street, Walkley, Sheffield.
Upperthorpe and Walkley Safer Neighbourhood team raided the property after a member of the public stopped patrolling officers two days earlier, suggesting there was a strong smell of cannabis along the street.
Eight officers smashed down the back door to the property to uncover the large-scale cannabis factory, Full Smell.....
'found 600 pounds of marijuana'
November 13th 2005
New York> A 23-year-old man was arrested Saturday after a police officer pulled him over on the George Washington Bridge and found 600 pounds of marijuana in the truck he was driving, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. Shawn Chance, of Hilburn, N.Y., was stopped at about 9:15 a.m. because he was driving on the wrong level of the bridge, Port Authority spokeswoman Tiffany Townsend said. Trucks must use the bridge's upper level, and Chance was driving on the lower level, she said. Townsend said she believed the marijuana had a street value of more than $1 million. Chance was being held Saturday night at the Bergen County Jail on $500,000 cash bail. He was charged with possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute more than five pounds of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
'firefighter treated for smoke inhalation'
November 12th 2005
Firefighters found a number of cannabis plants when they were called to a fire in Birmingham.
Four fire engines went to a house on Primrose Croft in the Hall Green area of the city on Friday morning. But when fire crews entered the address they discovered the plants and immediately called the police.
One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene for minor burns and a fire investigation unit was dispatched. No arrests were made, police said. Firefighters found a number of cannabis plants when they were called to a fire in Birmingham.
'possession and supply of a commercial quantity'
November 11th 2005
A man will face court today after police allegedly discovered a large amount of cannabis at Emmaville in the state’s northwest. About 11.15pm on Tuesday 8 November, detectives from New England Local Area Command executed a search warrant at a property on Rocky Creek Road.
Police allegedly located 366 cannabis plants growing in a sophisticated hydroponic set up in a shed. During the three-day operation, police also discovered more than 50 kilograms of high quality dried cannabis secreted on the property and a large sum of cash. The plants and dried cannabis have an estimated street value of $1.1 million.
A 51-year-old man was arrested and charged with the cultivation of the 366 cannabis plants late on Tuesday evening at Glen Innes Police Station. Investigators have today laid a number of fresh charges against the man. They include possession and supply of a commercial quantity of cannabis and two-counts of goods in custody.
"The Cruel History of Maljuk St."
November 10 2005
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years for actress Kim Bu-sun. The 43-year-old actress was arrested for smoking cannabis in July 2004 and was found guilty of the charges but later filed a petition questioning the constitutionality of banning marijuana, which was rejected.
Kim appeared in a series of B-rated adult movies in the 1980s such as "Madame Aema Part III¡± directed by Jeong In-yeop and has recently starred in Park Chan-wook's "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" and Yu Ha's "The Cruel History of Maljuk St."
'seizure of the island’s largest cannabis haul'
November 9th 2005
UK Customs officers tracked the movements of former finance industry worker Philip Cox across the UK as he collected drugs. As many as 30 were involved in a joint operation with Guernsey Customs that led to the seizure of the island’s largest cannabis haul. He met co-accused Simon Bishop-White at a hotel near Southampton Airport. Bishop-White was seen making adjustments to the inside of a rear door of a vehicle he had collected from the airport. He was watched as he removed a quantity of clear plastic wrapped packages and placed them in the boot.Shortly afterwards he was seen to replace the door panel, close the door and get into the driver’s seat. The appearance and dimensions of these packages was consistent with them being bundles of cash, the Royal Court, Full Haul......
'200 nine ounce bars of cannabis resin'
November 8th 2005
A 27-year-old Lowestoft man appeared in court this morning accused of possessing cannabis worth up to £108,000 with intent to supply. At Lowestoft Magistrates Court, Gary Regan faced charges of possessing 200 nine ounce bars of cannabis resin with intent to supply, resisting arrest, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance following his arrest on Saturday. Regan, of Cambridge Road, was remanded in custody to reappear at the court next Monday.
'contained a green leafy substance'
November 8th 2005
At approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Benton Police Chief Michael B. O'Neill responded to the Benton Consolidated High School after school principal Sue Woodfin had found a student in possession of what she suspected was a cannabis cigarette commonly referred to as a ‘roach'. After making arrangements to later meet with the student and his mother together, Chief O'Neill returned to the Benton Police Department and conducted a field test on a sample of the green leafy substance contained in the cigarette. The test resulted in an affirmative indication that the substance contained cannabis. The student, Jesse M. Willis, 17, of Benton, subsequently came to the Benton Police Department later that day as previously arranged. Willis was then served with a copy of a Benton Police Department complaint charging him with the offense of unlawful possession of cannabis in an amount of less than 2.5 grams.
'smelling cannabis they searched his car'
November 7th 2005
A man who ran an industrial-scale cannabis factory in Starbeck, producing up to £44,000 of drugs a year, has been spared a jail sentence because his cannabis crop was of poor quality.
York Crown Court last week heard how Mark Peter Davis, 33, of Easingwold Way, Ashwood Gardens, Driffield, grew 115 cannabis plants in a warehouse owned by Misty Jane Bianca Bell, 29, of the same address, who "turned a blind eye" to the criminal activity.
Davis, who grew drugs in cycles to optimise his yield, was only caught by police when officers stopped him for speeding on the MI near Leeds. On smelling cannabis they searched his car, discovering £1,340 cash and three large cannabis bushes in his boot, Full Warning......
November 6th 2005
Forensic tests are being carried out on equipment and other evidence found following a police raid on a north Shropshire drugs factory. Market Drayton police have confirmed examinations will be made following an operation on Thursday which saw the district’s pro-active crime unit raid a house in the town.
Police executed a drugs warrant at the address, believed to be close to the town’s police station, and seized around 30 cannabis plants with a street value of around £1,000.
Officers said they were confident they had stopped one of the main cannabis supplies in the town following the raid. Artificial lights, a watering system and other equipment were also seized by police and officers confirmed these were now being examined. More.......
November 5th 2005
Mark Edward Griffin appeared to have been living a law-abiding life. Then police busted him for a sophisticated cannabis growing operation . The 38-year-old had a wife, children, was well liked and his employers thought he was the perfect employee. But he had a secret compartment at the back of his garage where he was growing cannabis. Griffin, of Napier, pleaded guilty in September to one charge of cultivating cannabis and one of possessing cannabis.
Judge Tony Adeane told the Napier District Court that two "mother" plants, 142 small plants, 24 plants standing 40cm high in individual pots, and a jar containing 31g of cannabis head had been found in Griffin's property. More offspring....
November 5th 2005
Eleven people were arrested yesterday following the murder of a postman two years ago. More than 100 officers held seven men and three women in dawn raids at addresses across Flintshire and Cheshire, and a man in Maastricht, Holland. Paul Savage, 30, was bludgeoned to death while on his rounds in February 2003 in Mold, Flintshire. Two men in hooded tops were seen running off, but have never been traced. The postie's bike and mail bag were nearby and nothing was stolen. Police believe the killing may have been drugs-related. Mr Savage, originally of Sale, Manchester, had criminal convictions including possessing £1million of cannabis with intent to supply, Full Raid........
'such as cultivation of cannabis'
November 4th 2005
A 10-day drugs crackdown in Brighton and Hove has seen nearly 70 people arrested and large quantities of crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis seized.
Sussex Police have revealed the results of Operation Nine, the coordinated targeting of drug dealers and users, which began on 24 October. The force said an average of 100 officers had been involved in raids across the city every weekday. The operation was the result of a four-month intelligence operation. Sussex Police said 42 people had been charged with supplying controlled drugs.
A further 26 people were arrested for related crimes, such as cultivation of cannabis, burglary, robbery or being a wanted person, Full Cultivation.....
'police are treating it as suspicious'
November 3rd 2005
An investigation has been launched after a fire gutted a suspected cannabis factory. Bexley police were called after the blaze, in Jeningtree Road, Slade Green, Erith, last Sunday unearthed the tools and equipment believed to be used in the cultivation of the Class C drug. Experts from the Fire Investigation Unit (FIU) are still searching for the cause of the fire, which started at around 2.45pm. A spokesperson for Bexley police said: "It is believed that the property was being used to cultivate cannabis. Police officers are pursuing lines of inquiry."There were no injuries as a result of the blaze but two residents in the next door property, which was less damaged, had to escape. Steve Crompton, crew manager at Erith fire station, said: "The incident is now the subject of a police investigation. Full Suspicion....
'the culprits have disappeared'
November 3rd 2005
Hundreds of cannabis plants have been seized in a police raid but the culprits have disappeared. Officers targeted the house on Knighton Park Road, Sydenham, at about 10am last Thursday where they found around 200 plants and growing equipment. But no one was at the address at the time and so no arrests were made. A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said residents had suspicions about the address for some time. They said: "We used to wonder, what's going on there? We made a couple of complaints about the noise. The next thing everyone had left and the police were smashing the door down. It was a shock to find there was a cannabis factory. "The resident also claimed the building was previously used as an illegal hostel, at one time housing more than 20 people, Full Disappearance..........
'tip off from members of the public'
November 2nd 2005
A Police search team arrested a 28 year old security officer of Magazine road in Vatukoula after they found 2 bags and 16 rolls of dried leaves believed to be marijuana in his possession. According to police the leaves were wrapped and stacked under his suitcase and the random check was carried out after a tip off from members of the public. Police are awaiting the analysts report before any charges are considered
'cooperating with investigators'
November 1st 2005
Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether the marijuana plantation sporting more than 4,800 plants in forest land near Ruch and seven suspects in custody are part of a larger drug cartel, authorities said.
"It very well could," Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said Monday. "It’s hard to say until we look into this further."The plantation contained 4,866 marijuana plants 3 to 4 feet tall scattered among a half-acre chunk of reforested land burned in the 2002 Squires Peak fire. The plants were watered with a drip-irrigation system fed from water siphoned from a creek, Winters said. "It’s standard," Winters said. "Nothing unusual about it." Full Cooperation.....
'estimated street value'
November 1st 2005
A major New South Wales drug operation in the state's north has been discovered by police. Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of more than $1 million have been found at five properties in Banora Point and Tweed Heads. Police have so far charged five men and three women in relation to the drug haul with more arrests expected. The eight people already arrested are expected to face court in the next few weeks.
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