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DEA Illegally GPS-Tracked a Drug Runner, Now It Can't Enter 150 Pounds of Found Weed Into Evidence

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 24th 2012 by THCFinder
The one thing you can't fault the US Drug Enforcement Agency for is not trying hard enough. These dedicated civil servants won't let trivialities like "laws" and "warrants" hinder their efforts to enforce other laws and warrants.
 
The latest DEA boondoggle involves one Robert Dale Lee, an ex-con truck driver travelling from Chicago through Kentucky. A witness had previously alerted authorities that Lee was running a small-scale transport operation—moving weed from the Windy City to Eastern Kentucky for sale. So, DEA Task Force Officer Brian Metzger took it upon himself to outfit Lee's truck with a GPS tracking unit in September, 2011—unfortunately, he didn't also take it upon himself to actually get a warrant first.
 
This is what allowed Kentucky Highway Patrol officers to know exactly where on I-75 to find Lee and what he'd be carrying. In fact, Metzger even contacted a trooper ahead of time and told him Lee's truck "probably contained marijuana" but the trooper "would have to obtain his own PC, probable cause, for a traffic stop," Judge Amul Roger Thapar wrote. The KHP popped Lee for not wearing a seat belt (a rookie mistake on Lee's part).
 
Lee is being charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana but, unfortunately for the prosecution, Federal law prohibit the inclusion of evidence obtained without a warrant. And given that the sole piece of evidence against Lee was his stash, the prosecution's case will likely *puts on sunglasses* go up in smoke. 
 

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The War on Bongs

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder

As many of you know, marijuana can be smoked out of just about anything with two holes. Youtube is filled with videos showing cannabis being smoked out of fruit, all manner of bottles and even out of the ground.

 

But of course law enforcement knows cannabis smokers prefer glass. No matter that tobacco smokers may enjoy it too, it’s a known symbol of the marijuana movement and it must be eradicated.

 

Such is the hatred of marijuana that infests the government. All instances of its cultivation, distribution, possession and use must be menaced with the threat of law enforcement action.

 

But it goes beyond that, as seen in the video below. Capitol Hemp in Washington D.C. was told to remove some of the books they had displayed for sale in the store; those dealing with marijuana activism and knowing your rights when dealing with police.

 

Some will say that the illusion that the glass products are for tobacco is ruined by the books, but banning books in any form is always a slippery slope to tyranny. And maybe that’s the point.

 

Is this what law enforcement is spending time on? Glass bongs and books about weed? There’s nothing more important that needs police attention?

 

 

 


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Marijuana found floating off OC said to be worth $4 million

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
The bales of marijuana found floating in the waters off the south Orange County coastline have a street value of about $4 million, authorities said Monday.
 
Roughly 8,000 pounds of the drug -- bound into more than 100 bales -- was found bobbing in the water just before noon Sunday by the Orange County Sheriff's Department. It took three boats to haul the marijuana into Dana Point Harbor.
 
The floating marijuana was found after authorities received a tip, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials said. The bales were spotted about 12 miles south of Dana Point.
 

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Bill to decriminalize marijuana possession is advanced by N.J. Assembly committee

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 21st 2012 by THCFinder
TRENTON — Getting busted with fewer than 15 grams of marijuana would carry no criminal penalty in New Jersey under a bill that won unanimous support from the Assembly Judiciary Committee today.
 
With few objections from the crowd in a packed hearing room at the Statehouse, the committee approved a bill that would replace criminal penalties with fines for those caught with fewer than 15 grams of marijuana, or about 30 joints.
 
"Some acts harm society and they warrant the intervention of police, prosecutors and perhaps even incarceration," said the bill's prime Republican sponsor, Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris), who is also a committee member. "Other acts warrant at best, a spanking, and these seems to be one of these situations."
 
Supporters included a retired corrections officer, defense attorneys, a clergyman, a college instructor, and a representative from a drug addiction prevention group. They argued that people arrested for possessing marijuana — there were about 22,000 in the state last year — face far worse consequences than the crime deserves, such as difficulty obtaining a job, or qualifying for housing. Far more African Americans face jail time that Caucasians, even though drug use rates are about equal, perpetuating a vast racial injustice.
 
"These long-term consequences are unjust and expensive," said Candice Singer a research analyst from the New Jersey chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. "The police manpower utilized for these arrests is costly. It is beyond dispute that a criminal record interferes with one's ability to maintain employment. This not only hurts the individual and the individual's family, but it harms the economy and the state, preventing residents from becoming employed and paying income taxes."
 
First offenses are punishable by a $150 fine, $200 for a second offense and $500 for a third offense. The fine may be waived if the person charged can demonstrate "extreme hardship," according to the bill, (A1465). The fines would be collected by municipal court.
 
The law now allows a judge to impose a six-month jail term and $1,000 when a person is convicted of pot possession. 
 

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Man picks the wrong guy "an undercover officer" to offer a puff of marijuana; receives $100 ticket

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
A 27-year-old man was issued a citation this afternoon after he allegedly offered an undercover police officer a puff of marijuana, MBTA Transit Police said.
 
Around 1:30 p.m., transit police detectives and officers were at the Andrew MBTA station “as a direct result of community complaints of drugs and related issues,” according to a report filed after the incident.
 
While seated on a bench in the busway closest to Dorchester Avenue, an undercover officer was allegedly approached by Damon Coston, of East Boston. According to transit police, Coston sat down next to the officer, removed what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette from his jacket pocket, and began to smoke it.
 
Coston then offered the undercover officer a “toke” of the cigarette, which, according to the report, the officer declined. Other officers were notified, and they approached Coston.
 
Transit police said Coston was cooperative and turned over two bags of marijuana, which he had in his jacket. Officers issued Coston a $100 citation and confiscated the marijuana.
 
Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a civil, not a criminal offense in Massachusetts.
 

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Marijuana lands 3 students in jail

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 9th 2012 by THCFinder
Burleson police officers arrested three students for marijuana delivery and possession last month.
 
The Burleson High School principal called a Burleson resource officer in the mid-afternoon hours of April 19 to report that Jared Michael Levy, 18, had allegedly sold marijuana to two female students, Autumn Dawn Bullock, 18, and Kristin Torrices Achoy, 19. 
 
According to police reports, school administrators searched Levy’s student lockers and vehicle and discovered six small, clear plastic bags of marijuana, a pipe and syringe. 
 
He reportedly admitted to selling one bag of marijuana for $20 to Bullock and two bags to Achoy for $40. 
 
Levy was arrested for possession and delivery of marijuana, and the two female students were arrested for possession, according to police reports.  
 
The next day, a student was arrested behind Hughes Middle School for possession. The student’s name and age weren’t release because he was a minor. 
 
The case was cleared by arrest, according to the police report. 
 
 

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