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.




operation 'Muffler'
September 30th 2005

Police have seized more than $100,000 worth of cannabis in Taupo. Detective Sergeant Dave Beattie says intelligence gathered during an operation code named 'Muffler' led them to execute a number of warrants at homes yesterday. He says in one search, 30 pounds of cannabis heads, which have a street value of $105,000, were discovered. Five men have been arrested for a variety of drugs and property offence charges.


'Whatever happens, I will carry on growing cannabis'
Simon Drury
September 30th 2005

A husband who grows cannabis to treat his sick wife is waiting to hear whether he will be prosecuted for drug dealing following a police raid on his home. Sixty-year-old Alan Blythe opened his door on Friday morning to find six uniformed police officers on the step with a warrant to search his home.
The police were acting on a tipoff that Mr Blythe was growing cannabis at his bungalow in Badger Close, Palacefields, but the warrant was unnecessary as the taxi driver immediately handed over his stash of cannabis plants. The raid was the fourth time in a decade that Mr Blythe has been arrested for growing the drug which he says is the only thing to provide relief from terrible symptoms from the multiple sclerosis his wife, Judith, 57, has suffered for more than 20 years, Full Carry On.......

'possessing a smoking utensil'
Sepember 29th 2005

An Albany man will reappear in court on October 13 after being charged with multiple drug offences. Joshua Edward Dawson (26) of Melrose Street was not required to enter a plea on charges of possession and cultivation of cannabis and possessing a smoking utensil. A 42 year old Walpole woman has pleaded not guilty to cultivating and possessing cannabis. Samadhi Ami of Nunn Road was charged after police allegedly discovered 26 cannabis plants and 1.7 kilograms of the drug in August. Ami will reappear on November 4.

Narcotics detectives
September 29th 2005

Los Angeles - California police on Tuesday began uprooting 15 000 to 20 000 marijuana plants found growing in the ritzy coastal haven of Malibu, they said. Los Angeles sheriff's department narcotics detectives with the Marijuana Eradication Team loaded the plants, each about 1,8m tall into trucks for disposal, said Sergeant Paul Patterson. However there were no immediate reports of arrests linked to the huge haul of hemp. The Malibu area of Los Angeles is favoured as a home for movies stars, including Brad Pitt and Barbra Streisand, and is where the long-running beach-set television series Baywatch was filmed.

'and refused bail'
September 28th 2005

A man will face court today after police seized 80 cannabis plants in Sydney's south-west. Members of the South East Asian Crime Squad searched the premises in Cardwell Street, Canley Vale about 2.30pm yesterday. They discovered the cannabis plants, about 5kg of cannabis leaf and equipment used in the cultivation of prohibited plants. A 52-year-old Lansvale man was arrested and taken to Cabramatta Police Station. He was subsequently charged with possessing a prohibited drug and cultivating a commercial quantity of cannabis and refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court today.


'peddling pot over the net'
September 27th 2005

Yokosuka: Kanagawa Prefecture>A Maritime Self-Defense Force member arrested in a widening drug scandal sold marijuana to civilians over the Internet, police sources said over the weekend.
Kanagawa prefectural police have already identified several individuals who bought the drugs from Leading Seaman Takahiro Sakaguchi, 22, who was arrested on suspicion of violating the Cannabis Control Law, the sources said. He is one of six MSDF members of submarine crews arrested on suspicion of possessing and trafficking illegal drugs, such as marijuana and MDMA, or Ecstasy, the sources said. Some of the other suspects told police that Sakaguchi had been peddling pot over the Internet, the sources said. Full Plot....

'suspected cannabis farm'
September 26th 2005

A fire over a shop has destroyed a suspected cannabis farm, Greater Manchester Police have said.
Fire crews were damping down on Sunday at the scene in Hyde Road, Gorton, Manchester, following the previous night's fire. Police officers who were called to the incident said they discovered a cannabis farm. Detectives will carry out a forensic search at a flat above the shop, once the fire is finally quenched.

'Operation Scissors'
Dan Rosenburg
September 25th 2005

Chateauguay: Canada>police effected a series of raids last week, resulting in five arrests and confiscation of a total of 1,225 cannabis plants and 8.5 kilograms of bulk marijuana worth well over $2 million. The first series of raids under the code name of "Operation Scissors" took place in collaboration with the Sureté du Québec in various cornfields in the Chateauguay area. No arrests have been made yet in this particular operation, but 425 marijuana plants - valued at about $2,000 per plant - were confiscated by police. Besides that outdoor exercise, police descended upon two private residences on Croissant Dubois where they discovered 800 cannabis plants being grown organically in flower pots. Police also seized 8.5 kilos of marijuana in bulk and made five arrests, Full Cut.........


'one ounce of cannabis a day to relieve chronic back pain'
September 24th 2005


A 35-year-old man who grew cannabis to ease chronic back pain has been jailed for four months. Sophisticated hydroponic growing equipment and seeds, cannabis plants and dried plant material with a potential value of £16,000 were found by police when they raided Jason Chinnery's home. Ipswich Crown Court heard Chinnery, of Tonning Street, Lowestoft, admitted producing cannabis plants and supplying a small amount of cannabis to a friend. Andrew Shaw, prosecuting, said that officers who executed a search warrant at Chinnery's home in November found paraphernalia for growing cannabis and 112 plants at various stages of maturity. Also recovered were dried cannabis flowers worth £266 and a bag of cannabis leaf valued at £4400. Mr Shaw said that if the 112 plants had grown to maturity the dried flowers could have been worth between £9500 and £16400 and the leaf material between £1100 and £3400. Full Agony......



'7,500 marijuana plants'
September 23rd 2005

Authorities removed more than 7,500 marijuana plants growing in and around Sequoia National Park this week. Rangers found 1,351 marijuana plants in a remote section of the park Tuesday, marking the year's first seizure, park officials said. Forty law enforcement officers and two helicopters were involved in the eradication. Last year, more than 44,000 plants were removed from Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. On Monday, Tulare County sheriff's detectives, and agents from the Bureau of Land Management and the National Forest Service raided a pot garden in the Three Rivers area, just outside the park boundary, seizing 4,471 marijuana plants. Rosa Alvarado, 38, of Orange Cove and a 17-year-old boy were arrested in connection to the raid. Agents returned to an area near the park Tuesday and removed an additional 1,705 plants.


'arrested and transported'
September 23rd 2005

Canton police located four juveniles near the Big Creek area in a wooded area behind the swimming pool, at approximately 8:20 a.m. last Thursday, Sept. 15. The investigation revealed the four juveniles, two 15-year-old females and two 15-year-old males, had entered the wooded area to smoke cannabis. The four juveniles were arrested and transported to the Canton Police Department. All were issued intake referrals for unlawful possession cannabis and unlawful possession drug paraphernalia. They were later released to their parents and will meet with juvenile probation authorities at a later date.


'police seek highly-skilled criminals'
September 22nd 2005

A massive cannabis factory has been unearthed on Blackpool's seafront. Organised gangs have been using the empty Progress Hotel, on South Promenade, to cultivate the drug and make themselves hundreds of thousands of pounds. The operation lay undiscovered until a chance visit by receivers.They were called in to reclaim the property after the hotel went bust. Inside they found rooms filled with growing beds, tables and expensive equipment. By the time it was discovered the gang had stripped the drugs and moved out. Blackpool Police today said they were hot on the trail of the "highly-skilled" criminals behind the narcotics factory. Det Insp Andy Webster, of Blackpool CID, said: "We're dealing here with a highly organised criminal gang who were involved in the suspected large scale production of cannabis."This was an extremely sophisticated operation that is much bigger than the supply of cannabis in just Blackpool. "We're looking at the supply across the whole of the North West."Forensics experts and crime scene investigators spent last week at the hotel painstakingly collecting evidence, Full Search......

'refused bail'
September 22nd 2005

Cannabis worth $20,000 has been seized by police during a raid on a home in western NSW. About 2kg of cannabis, a sum of cash and other drug paraphernalia were discovered in a West Dubbo house on North Street about 9am (AEST) yesterday, police said. A 32-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman were arrested and charged with supplying a prohibited drug, possession of a prohibited drug and goods in custody. They were refused bail and will face Dubbo Local Court today.


'RCMP stopped a suspected impaired driver'
Amanda Purcell
September 22nd, 2005

Fort McMurray Today — RCMP in Fort McMurray are making a potfull of drug arrests in recent days.
Police said this morning they laid the cuffs on three more local males and one female, seizing drugs in each case.Monday evening, RCMP stopped a suspected impaired driver on Highway 63 north by Confederation Way. Police said the driver, a 51-year-old male, allegedly used the shoulder of the road to pass a bylaw enforcement vehicle. The vehicle was stopped, and RCMP seized three kilograms of marijuana.The driver was arrested without incident, and was issued a 24-hour driving suspension. As the investigation continues, charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking are pending against the McMurray resident. He was not named by police. In a parking lot in Thickwood, RCMP arrested a 20-year-old male and charged him with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He was in possession of approximately half a kilogram of marijuana, Full Impairments.........


'robbed at badgepoint'
John Jensen
September 21st 2005

Clearlake Oaks> Unclear documentation and what authorities allege was lack of compliance with state law led to the recent seizure of hundreds of marijuana plants. The Lake County Sheriff's Office arrested one person and confiscated more than 500 marijuana plants from a hilltop marijuana growing operation known as the Patient's Alliance in Clearlake Oaks Sept. 7.
Michael Nilsen of Patient's Alliance said LCSO acted outside the law by arresting him and pulling out the plants, which he said belonged to 90 medical marijuana patients both inside and outside the county. He claims to have been "robbed at badgepoint." The operation came to LCSO's attention during a "routine overflight mission," said Detective Steve Brooks. Based upon what he saw multiple rows of marijuana growing in plain sight Brooks obtained a search warrant to check out the plants. Full Robbery............


'highly dangerous to do and illegal'
September 21st 2005

Police say electricity was illegally diverted to operate a $200,000 hydroponic cannabis plantation, discovered after a fire in Amaroo today. The brigade was called to the garage fire in Buckingham Place about 4:30am, and found about 20 mature plants. A resident from the house is being interviewed by police. Fire brigade district officer Martin Lloyd says it was lucky no one was hurt. "The resident of the premises has illegally bypassed the electrical meter and of course this a very dangerous practise, and we recommend that apart from the safety issue, it's highly dangerous to do and illegal," he said.


'a total of 14 people were detained'
September 20th 2005

Vladivostok> (Itar-Tass) More than 500 kilograms of marihuana and 400 kilograms of fresh hemp have been seized by drug control police during a large-scale operation in the Chuguyevsky regiono the Maritime Territory. As Itar-Tass learnt at the press service of the territorial drug control department, major stores, which contained twelve 200-litre barrels with marihuana, were discovered. Besides, fields where hemp was cultivated according to all agrarian rules were found. A brigade of six people, who were engaged in harvesting at that moment, was detained. A total of 14 people were detained during the operation. The persons who organized the harvesting of hemp have been already arrested. Criminal proceedings were instituted. Investigation is underway.


Cannabis granny faces jail for 4 pot plants
Philippe Naughton
September 20th 2005:

Patricia Tabram, a cannabis-growing grandmother, said today that she expects to be sent to jail after police discovered four marijuana plants in her home. The 66-year-old, who says that she is "medicating" friends who are sick or in pain because conventional medicines do not work, compared herself to Emmeline Pankhurst, the pioneering suffragist, saying she was willing to face her fate.
Mrs Tabram was given a six-month prison term, suspended for two years, in April when she admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply from her home in East Lea, in Humshaugh, near Hexham, Northumberland..Acting on a tip-off, Northumbria police raided her bungalow last week and found the illegal plants. A spokeswoman said: "As a result of information received, we executed a warrant at an address in the Hexham area on the morning of Friday, September 16. A 66-year-old Hexham woman was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and bailed pending further inquiries." Full Farce....


'some as tall as 13 feet'
September 19th 2005

Wallace> North Carolina. Authorities have discovered a 10- to 15-acre pot farm near Wallace, valued in the millions of dollars and considered the area's biggest marijuana bust in recent memory. "I don't recall a bust this big in southeastern North Carolina in my time," said Sheriff Blake Wallace, who worked for the State Bureau of Investigation for 11 years before he became the Duplin County sheriff in 2002.
The marijuana recovered Sunday morning, which weighed in at 4,160 pounds, has a street value of about $9.9 million, Wallace said, adding that the numbers were likely to increase as deputies continue their recovery work on Monday. No arrests had been made as of late Sunday. The bust was the result of an ongoing investigation and a tip from a citizen who called the sheriff office late Saturday evening. Full Grow.........


'after obtaining search warrants'
September 19th 2005

A 46 year-old Moss Vale man has been charged with drug possession and cultivation after police found nearly $32,000 worth of cannabis plants in searches last week. Police arrested the man at his home on Thursday after obtaining search warrants to investigate two properties in the area. Bowral Police Sergeant Kerrie Reiko said police found 18 cannabis plants growing as part of a hydroponic set up at a different property connected to the man. Sergeant Kerrie Reiko said police estimated the total street value of the plants to be approximately $30,000. The man was charged with supplying and cultivating a prohibited drug, as well as two counts of possessing a prohibited drug. He will appear in Moss Vale Local Court on November 14th.

'haul of 1500 plants'
September 19th 2005:

Police seize cannabis worth £1.5m Seven people have been arrested after hundreds of cannabis plants were seized in raids in County Durham. Police said the haul of 1,500 plants, was worth more than £1.5m. Six men and one woman were arrested. Three men have been charged with drug-related offences and are in custody. The other four were bailed. The raids were carried out as part of Operation Applejack on homes in Bishop Auckland, Coundon, Ferryhill and West Cornfirth and Rainton.

'drug-sniffing dog checked the car'
Wilson Ring
September 18th 2005:

Montpelier > Vt: Late one afternoon last December, a 1995 Cadillac Deville driven by Real Gagnon, a Canadian citizen living in Wales, Maine, pulled up to the tiny border crossing in Beecher Falls, Vt., court records say. A Customs and Border Protection agent told Gagnon to pull over so his car could be searched. A U.S. Border Patrol agent was called and a drug-sniffing dog checked the car. The dog smelled something and a search by agents turned up 3 pounds of marijuana under the rear seat. The federal agents then called the Vermont State Police, who arrested Gagnon. The case, caught at the border and discovered by federal agents, was now a state case. "The public perception is the feds are cracking down hard on the illegal importation of drugs into this country," Full Check....


'cultivating an indictable quantity of a prohibited plant'
September 18th 2005:

An estimated $1 million in cannabis has been seized in two raids on premises in Sydney's south-west. Police seized cannabis plants in an elaborate hydroponic set-up at a home in Cardwell Street, Canley Vale last night. The plants had an estimated street value of $600,000, police said. A 48-year-old man was arrested at the house and subsequently charged with cultivating an indictable quantity of a prohibited plant, supply and possession of a prohibited drug and stealing electricity. Earlier, cannabis was also seized in a lunchtime raid in Fairfield West also worth an estimated $400,000, police said. A 42-year-old man and 24-year-old woman arrested at the house have been charged with cultivating a prohibited plant and stealing electricity. The man was also charged with concealing a serious indictable offence. All three will appear in Fairfield Local Court today.

'see something or someone suspicious'
Canadian Press
September 18th 2005

Winnipeg > If you're planning to set up a marijuana grow operation in rural Manitoba, you'd better not count on being left in peace to your criminal venture. RCMP are crediting some friendly but savvy residents for this summer's bumper crop in grow-op busts. In less than four weeks, police have harvested more than 40,000 plants from five illicit dope farms in the province. In at least one case, some concerned citizens became suspicious when their new neighbours spurned their country hospitality. Sgt. Dave Henry of the Winnipeg RCMP drug section says there's a lot of awareness about marijuana grow operations in the rural areas. As a result, residents are stepping forward with information for investigators when they see something or someone suspicious.


'elaborate hydroponic cannabis cultivation'
September 17th 2005

2 men have been arrested following drug raids in northern New South Wales that uncovered more than 200 cannabis plants. The State Protection Group and local police executed a search warrant on a property at Mount Lindsay Road at Liston, about 70km north east of Tenterfield, about 5.40pm yesterday. Police uncovered an elaborate hydroponic cannabis cultivation set up within the house and outbuildings and about 200 plants. A neighbouring property was also searched where police allegedly found a loaded shortened shotgun and more dried cannabis. A 44-year-old man was charged with firearm and drug possession offences. He was granted bail and will face Tenterfield Local Court on November 18th. A 52-year-old man was released pending further inquiries, police said.

'acting on a tip off'
September 16th 2005

Dariyapur police arrested 72-yearold Saiyad Mohammad alias Mahammadbapu with 227.5 gm of charas from his residence in Popatiyawad Golwad, Dariapur, on Wednesday. Acting on a tip off, PI V.D. Vanaar and his team nabbed Umar red-handed and seized charms worth Rs 611 lakhs. The accused has been remanded to police custody for two days. Second PI B.V. Jani is investigating the case further.


'prohibited drug and stealing electricity'
September 16th 2005:


An estimated $1 million in cannabis has been seized in two raids on premises in Sydney's south-west. Police said cannabis plants were seized in an elaborate hydroponic set-up at a home in Cardwell Street, Canley Vale last night. The plants had an estimated street value of $500,000, police said. A 38-year-old man was arrested at the house and subsequently charged with cultivating an indictable quantity of a prohibited plant, supply and possession of a prohibited drug and stealing electricity.
Earlier, cannabis was also seized in a lunchtime raid in Fairfield West also worth an estimated $500,000, police said.
A 40-year-old man and 34-year-old woman arrested at the house have been charged with cultivating a prohibited plant and stealing electricity. The man was also charged with concealing a serious indictable offence.


'supervision of the probation service'
September 15th 2005:

Cannabis was grown by a man in two greenhouses on the 13th-floor balcony of a Dorking tower block on the Goodwyns estate, a court heard. On Thursday last week, magistrates at Redhill sentenced Matthew Robert Cross, 39, of Linden Lea to a community rehabilitation order for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to a charge of cultivating a controlled drug. Cross, who admitted the charge, will have to perform 60 hours of unpaid work for the community under the supervision of the probation service. At an earlier hearing, Paul McGorry, prosecuting, told the court police were called to Cross' 13th-floor flat at Linden Lea, Stubbs Hill, Goodwyns, where they found two DIY mini-greenhouses on his balcony. Inside were 12 cannabis plants. Mr McGorry said: "There were also two mirrors being used to light onto the growing plants, and a number of light-bulbs which were turned on. He had fitted up a hydroponic system,Full Supervision.


'15 tonnes of cannabis'
BBC News, Calcutta
Subir Bhaumik
September 15th 2005:

Police have seized two trucks loaded with about 15 tonnes of cannabis in Dimapur in India's north-eastern state of Nagaland. The trucks were being escorted by a commander of the separatist National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN). The commander, Phungti Jobson, and three other suspected smugglers were arrested, senior police officials said. The NSCN has a ceasefire with the government and so its vehicles are rarely checked. Mr Jobson and NSCN leaders have not commented on the arrests.
The drivers of the trucks fled. "The cannabis was neatly packed in 50 kg cartons, wrapped in plastic bags and concealed under a consignment of dry fish," said Dimapur police superintendent, Bidhu Sekhar, Full Haul...........


'man found hiding in the loft'

Joan Mulcaster
September 14th 2005

Police stormed a rural semi to net £30,000 worth of cannabis plants after neighbours became suspicious about the smell seeping from the closely curtained property. They found every room in the £250,000 Smithy Lane, Lower Kingswood, property crammed with 300 cannabis plants growing in garden tubs. Officers, who carried out a covert surveillance for several days, burst in at around 8am on Thursday September 8 and cordoned off the building. They were followed by teams of masked and overalled officers from a fleet of police vehicles who bagged and removed the plants - so many of them the operation took all day. Officers found that whoever was masterminding the cultivation was also getting the £1,000-a-month electric heating needed by digging a trench to connect directly to the mains - not only cheating on cost but risking a fire or electrocution. A 33-year-old man was found hiding in the loft and was arrested, Full Hide.....


'the carpenter and the plumber'
September 13th 2005:


The Suva court will sentence a Tongan national on Friday for being in possession of 238 grams of marijuana. Paulo Minoneti, 39, a carpenter, pleaded guilty when he appeared before Magistrate Viliame Nadakuitavuki yesterday. He told the court he was sent by one Misele Taukia, a self-employed plumber of Ha'ateiho Village to deliver the drugs to Nukualofa. Minoneti said he came to Fiji about two weeks ago with the purpose of buying the marijuana and sending it to Tonga. He said before coming to Fiji he was given the name of one Bobby of Motli Street who was to get the drugs for him.
He told the court, since his arrival in the country he had been staying with Bobby who was unemployed. He said someone had returned to Tonga with Bobby's contact. The carpenter said he was only acting on the plumber's instruction.


'two men in their 30s were arrested'
September 12th 2005:

Adamsville NB> More than 19,000 marijuana plants were seized on the weekend from a remote area in eastern New Brunswick in what RCMP officials called one of the largest marijuana busts in the country. The plants were found in Adamsville, about 45 kilometres northwest of Moncton, on Saturday. An RCMP spokesman said the plants were located in a field behind a private residence. Sgt. Dave Mazerolle said the 36-hectare field, surrounded by trees, had been cleared and fenced off.
"A lot of work had been done to the field," he said Sunday. It took almost two dozen officers more than 11 hours to load the plants onto dump trucks.
Two men believed to be in their 30s were arrested after RCMP executed a search warrant at the home on the property, Full Bust............

Vietnamese flood drugs trade
The Observer
Tony Thompson
September 11th 2005

Police in swaths of London are being 'overwhelmed' by Vietnamese gangs flooding the streets with high-strength, home-grown cannabis.
The gangs, who have also been linked to murders, people-smuggling and kidnapping, are making millions of pounds by renting houses from unsuspecting landlords and converting them into sophisticated cannabis farms. Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, head of the Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Directorate, told The Observer the problem was now so significant that his officers were working closely with the Vietnamese authorities and community to stamp out the problem. 'We have seen a growth in cannabis cultivation in recent times in London and we have experienced a tendency for this sort of crime to be committed by a number of communities, including small elements within the Vietnamese community,' he said Full Flooding........


'being detained'
Septmber 10th 2005:

Two men were being questioned today after drugs with a street value of €140,000 were seized from a vehicle in Cork. Gardai discovered three kilos (6.6lb) of cannabis resin after a vehicle was stopped and searched at the Dunkettle Interchange in Mayfield at around 8.30pm last night. A follow-up search of a house in the Wilton area of the city uncovered a further 17 kilos (37.5lb) of cannabis resin. Two men, both in their mid-20s, were being detained at Mayfield Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.


'10 four-paper joints a day'
Deborah Cole
September 10th 2005:

A man claims he grew 78 cannabis plants some up to three metres high for personal use because he had "nothing else to do", a Burnie jury heard yesterday. Warren Gregory Stubbs, 54, is on trial in the Burnie Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to growing cannabis with an intention to sell the controlled plant or its products. Mr Stubbs's defence counsel, Greg Richardson, said his client admitted growing the cannabis found when police searched a property at Tierneys Rd, Mengha, but did not intend to sell the plants or their products. In a video interview played to the court, Mr Stubbs said he grew the plants from seeds for his own use. Mr Stubbs admitted he smoked five to 10 four-paper joints a day, Full Roll..........


'maximum 14 years imprisonment'
Louise Hale: 9th September

A raid on a cannabis factory which unearthed over 180 home-grown plants and drug cultivating equipment has raised fears there may be more operating in the area. Police officers discovered the haul at a house in Stanwell the third class C drug factory found in the area in the space of 11 weeks. About 184 plants were seized at the property in Cranford Avenue on August 31. The latest discovery has increased concerns the area is being targeted because of cheap property prices. Investigating officer Detective Constable Adam Tatton said: "This is now the third cannabis cultivation factory to be discovered and seized by Surrey Police in less than three months. Although cannabis has been downgraded to a Class C drug, cultivating or supplying it carries a maximum 14 years imprisonment." More Cultivating........


'7 in court after cannabis sting'
September 9th 2005:

Police may have crippled cannabis supply to parts of the South Island after a sting in Christchurch.
Seven people have appeared in court charged with cultivation, supply, possession for supply and conspiracy to supply the drug. Police also seized 400 plants, dried cannabis and two vehicles. Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Long says police have identified some areas outside Canterbury that received the Christchurch-grown drug. Further arrests are likely.


'cultivating a commercial quantity'

September 9th 200:

Man charged after cannabis seized in drugs raid. Police say they have seized more than $1.4 million in drugs at a property at Bonnyrigg in Sydney' south-west. Officers attached to strike force Hapling raided the house in Aplin Road and found a large hydroponics set up, 538 cannabis plants and 22 kilograms of cannabis leaf. A 30-year-old man has been charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and supplying a prohibited drug. He will appear in court today Friday the 9th.


'20 years for possession of cannabis'
September 8th 2005:

Court rejects 'Dutchy' Holland drug sentence plea. The High Court today refused an application by a former suspect in journalist Veronica Guerin’s murder challenging a 12-year jail sentence he received for drug running. Patrick ‘Dutchy’ Holland, a career criminal, claimed he was being unlawfully detained in Portlaoise Prison for possession of cannabis, valued at the time at around £100,000.
The 66-year-old’s legal team, headed by Giovanni di Stefano (dubbed the Devil’s Advocate for his work with tyrants and warlords, including Saddam Hussein), argued that warrants issued for his detention had errors. They argued dates on the warrant sheets were incorrect, making Dutchy Holland’s detention invalid. Holland has served seven years of a 12-year term. He was jailed for 20 years at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin in November 1997 for possession of cannabis. On appeal the sentence was reduced to 12 years, Full Rejection............


'warned he may face custody'
September 7th 2005:

A Carlisle man who ran a ‘cannabis circle’ with his friends has been warned that he faces jail. Forty-one-year-old Craig Lowry, of Eldon Drive, took it in turns with around six friends to buy the drug in bulk for them all to share. Carlisle magistrates heard yesterday how Lowry, who smokes around 10 joints a day, joined together with friends to buy large amounts of the drug for all of them, because it was cheaper. Police raided a house in Springfield Road on August 27 and found £830 of the drug. Lowry led officers to the haul, kept in a kitchen drawer, plus £125 in cash which he said he had made from selling cannabis to friends. His solicitor, Full Warning............



'smell of cannabis was strong'
September 7th 2005:

Ten tonnes of cannabis discovered.
Indian officials have made one of their largest hauls of cannabis in recent months, seizing nearly 10 tonnes of the drug in north-eastern Assam state.
Police told the BBC officers swooped on three truckloads of the drug near the town of Tezpur in Sonitpur district. Twelve smugglers, dressed as border guards, fled after being challenged.
"Personnel insisted on searching the trucks because the smell of cannabis was strong," police superintendent Apurba Baruah told the BBC, Full Stink.......


'Intelligence Response Team'
George Keene> Aus:
September 7th 2005:

Police have seized dozens of "very potent" cannabis plants - worth an estimated $70,000 - in a mid-morning drug raid on a South Dubbo property. Officers from the Dubbo Intelligence Response Team stormed the Eumung Street home at about 11.30am yesterday, netting 34 cannabis plants, 160 grams of cannabis leaf and a small number of stolen goods. Police said a 25-year-old woman and three children were in the home at the time the search warrant was executed but the 25-year-old male owner of the home, who police were hoping to interview, was not at the property at the time of the raid.
Investigations manager Detective Sergeant Mark Meredith said an in-depth search of the home revealed a small-scale hydroponics set-up of mature cannabis plants, most of which were found in the home's garage, Full Response...............


'production of a dangerous drug'
September 6th 2005:

A man will face a Gold Coast court on Tuesday charged with drug offences after police found about 200 cannabis plants growing in a hydroponic plantation. Officers made the discovery during a raid on a house in West Burleigh Ave at Burleigh Heads around 3.40pm (AEST) on Monday, police said. The 49-year-old man has been charged with production of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug, fraudulent appropriation of power and possession of tainted property. He will appear in the Northport magistrates court on Tuesday.

'dried leaves'
September 5th 2005:

Sigatoka>Fiji>A farmer who was arrested on Saturday for allegedly being in possession of 500 grams of marijuana is being questioned for other offences. The 23-year-old man was arrested just after midnight at the junction of the Queens Highway and Kulukulu Road, when he was traveling in a hired carrier.
Police had started following the vehicle from Valley Road after becoming suspicious. The dried leaves have been sent to government analysts for tests before appropriate charges are laid. Police spokeswoman Sylvia Low said the driver of the carrier was questioned and released. She said the suspect was interviewed but was kept in custody in relation to other matters that policeare investigating.

'forensics suggested it was a new operation'
Leicester Mercury
September 4th 2005:

A man who grew cannabis in his basement has escaped being sent to prison after the court heard he suffered from severe arthritis. James Butler, who rented the former Sanvey Gate Tavern in Leicester, was arrested by police when they found 167 cannabis plants at the property. Butler, of Mulberry Avenue, Glenfield, pleaded guilty to possessing the plants for his own personal use. The court heard how police had raided the premises where Butler was then living for other reasons. However, while on the premises they had smelt the cannabis, and further investigation found specialist equipment and 167 plants. Forensics suggested it was a relatively new operation and they were young plants. William Redgrave, defending, said Butler was growing it for medical use. He produced a letter from a GP confirming that Butler suffered from arthritis. Recorder Andrew Maw told Butler he was lucky not to be sent to jail, and that the maximum sentence for such an offence was 14 years. Giving Butler a four-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, Recorder Maw said: "Parliament has accepted this as a very serious matter, although I have taken into account your serious and debilitating condition."

'12.5kg of cannabis a trip'
September 4th 2005:

Granny Brenda Joyce Eastwood, 52, is seemingly not much different from most women her age. The mother of four and grandmother of three loved going for a drive and lived an unremarkable lifestyle – before her arrest and conviction for trafficking almost $100,000 worth of cannabis. Eastwood pleaded guilty in the Townsville Supreme Court this week to drug trafficking, possession of a dangerous drug and possessing items involved in committing a crime. Despite her grandmother status, Eastwood had been a regular drug courier between Adelaide and north Queensland, ferrying up to 12.5kg of cannabis a trip on between 10 and 15 separate occasions. Queensland Police Northern Region Drug Squad detectives said her profile – a person with no previous criminal history – was indicative of the types of "mules" being employed by highly organised illicit drug rings, Full Trip.....


'you've done it now, i'm going to kill you'
September 3rd 2005:

A Hertford Heath thug who threatened to cut police officers' throats and told a neighbour, "I'm going to kill you", has been jailed. Father-of-two Clifford Randle, 34, of Trinity Road, made the threats after assaulting two neighbours while high on a cocktail of drink and medication. Astonishingly, earlier that day he had completed a drug treatment and testing order imposed for one of his 42 previous convictions.At St Albans Crown Court last Thursday, Randle was jailed for two years. Prosecutor Colin Banham said that the officers left without taking any action, but soon after, neighbour James Hopkins was subjected to abuse as he walked past Randle's home with his partner and their young child, who was in a buggy. Randle leaned out of his window and shouted: "You've done it now. You'd better watch your back. I'm going to kill you." Police arrived at the scene, only to receive similar threats. Randle was searched and 3¼oz of cannabis was discovered in his underpants, Full Killings.............

'must have grown from the bird seed' indeed..
September 3rd 2005:

Athens> Greece: A 75-year-old Greek woman has been charged with drug offenses after police in her a sleepy island village spotted a small cannabis plant growing on her balcony, authorities said. Hariklia Griva, a widowed mother of four from Ayiassos, on the eastern Aegean Sea island of Lesvos, was arrested Wednesday and charged with growing cannabis with the intent of trafficking in the drug. She was released on bail of $2,480. The retiree, whose late husband was a policeman, told police the 16 inch potted plant grew from seed dropped by her pet canaries. The birds live in a cage on the balcony overlooking a busy Ayiassos street — opposite the local police station, More Bird Seed......

'five years for his clandestine trade'
September 3rd 2005


While people were looking up to Orinoco man Graham Donald Sturgeon as an example to youth and a "pillar of the community", the former leading sportsman was secretly growing and dealing in drugs.
Now, he's been sent to prison for five years for his clandestine trade. Sturgeon, 47, a wood merchant, was sentenced in the Nelson District Court on Thursday on 13 charges a jury found him guilty of in July. They were three counts of cultivating cannabis, two of selling cannabis, a charge of possessing cannabis for sale, two charges of possessing offensive weapons - two loaded semi-automatic rifles - and five counts of money laundering. Judge David McKegg sentenced Sturgeon to five years' prison and ordered that $20,000 found by police in a freezer at his Orinoco home be forfeited, Full Forfeit....

'remanded in custody'
September 2nd 2005:


A police raid on a house in Hucknall revealed two bedrooms turned over to a sophisticated system for growing cannabis. Nottingham Crown Court heard it was one of eight addresses searched in the East Midlands where four growing systems had been set up in an operation valued at more than £80,000.
Fingerprints found on light-bulbs at the house on Bolingey Way, Hucknall led to another man in Eastwood who was caught with more than £11,000 in cash in his house, the court was told.
Investigations revealed that, over a period of two years, Terry Carter 27, of Ryemere Close, Eastwood, had spent £68,000 on cars, a holiday and a plasma TV. Scott Smith 27, who was caught at Bolingey Way on January 28, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis, possession with intent to supply and possession of, Full Possession..........


'acted on information they received'
Peter Criscione
September 2nd 2005:

A marijuana grow operation in the east end of town was dismantled by local police earlier this month -- the bust yielded officers $200,000 worth of plants and resulted in the arrest of two people. "Officers acted on information they received ... they executed a search warrant of the home," said Orangeville police chief Rod Freeman. About half a dozen officers poured through the front doors of 131 Jay Cres. on the morning of Aug.12 confiscating a large crop and a wide range of equipment. Police say the plants were in various stages of growth. In addition to 220 plants, police retrieved fans, heat lamps and materials used to redirect the electrical current in the house. A crew of utility workers was also on site as a result of "damage to the home caused by tapping into the hydro system," Freeman said, Full Act........


'receiving drug counselling'
Australia: Police News
September 2nd 2005:

Police conducted cannabis detection operations on the Dudley Peninsula last Thursday. They reported a 19 year old male for cultivating cannabis after three plants were found at his home address. He will appear in the Kingscote Magistrates Court at a later date. A 25 year old man was issued with a cannabis expiation notice for possessing a number of pipes and bongs used for smoking the drug. Furthermore, a 17 year old youth from Dudley Peninsula will be receiving drug counselling after being discovered with a pipe used for smoking cannabis.


'smuggle 827 pounds of cannabis'
September 1st 2005:

Duluth> Minn: A man and woman in their 60s were each sentenced to more than two years in prison on Monday for their roles in an effort to smuggle 827 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Canada. Gail Darwin, 69, who owned a home in northern Minnesota, and Joseph Heater, 68, a Canadian who owns a house on the other side of the border, were each sentenced to the 27½ months in prison, said Koochiching County Attorney Jennifer Hasbargen. Last month they pleaded guilty to possessing 827 pounds of marijuana valued at $4 million. Officials caught them this spring along the border with the drugs stuffed in a trailer. Hasbargen said state sentencing guidelines call for a four-year sentence, but it was reduced for various reasons including Darwin's health issues and Heater's former service in the Canadian Air Force, Full Tale...............


'officers were stunned, and baffled'
September 1st 2005:

63 year-old man faces jail after police uncovered a secret cannabis factory accessed through a wardrobe at his home. Hugh Duncanson's home was raided after officers noticed the smell of drugs wafting out of his ground-floor flat in Glasgow's west end.
They were baffled until they discovered entry to a room concealed by a newly-built wardrobe in a bedroom. Once inside, they were stunned to find a sophisticated cultivation system which Duncanson had set up and cannabis plants with a street value of £4000. Duncanson was not at home during the raid last October 26 but was arrested later. At Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday he admitted producing and supplying the drug at his flat in Spiershall Terrace, Yoker. He will be sentenced next month. Nice one Hugh, shame about the smell man.


'he will appear in court today'
September 1st 2005:

Energy company workers have tipped police off to an alleged cannabis farm at a home in Sydney's southwest. Police were called to the house at Alice Street, Macquarie Fields, after Integral Energy workers noticed something unusual about the energy supply to the property. A search allegedly revealed 231 cannabis plants in an elaborate hydroponic set-up. Police said the plants had an estimated street value of $825,000. A 40-year-old man has been charged with cultivating a prohibited drug and possessing a prohibited drug. He will face Parramatta Bail Court today.

'this is one of the biggest seizures'
September 1st 2005:

Ninety packages of cannabis were found in the van. North Wales Police are trying to trace the owner of a van, which was seized after a routine check and found to contain cannabis worth more than £200,000. The van was confiscated on the A548 at Oakenholt, near Flint, last Friday. Police say it came from Merseyside. The van was seized under new powers enabling police to seize vehicles with no insurance. A further search revealed 90 packages of herbal cannabis concealed inside. No arrests have yet been made. Inspector Alan Hughes, from North Wales Police's eastern traffic division, said: "This is one of the biggest seizures of drugs in, Full Seizure..........