Cannabis Factory Found On Farm Belonging To Horse Racing Mogul Lord Derby
Police swooped on sprawling Hatchfield Farm, in Newmarket, Suffolk, and discovered a drugs factory with 87 cannabis plants. Lord Derby whose family gave their name to the world famous Epsom horse race is not being treated as a suspect.
A spokesman for Suffolk Police said the farm building was rented to tenants by the racehorse owner. And he added:”It appears a building at that location has been used by tenants for a cannabis factory. It was discovered by the owner. ”No one has been arrested at this time and investigations are continuing.”
Police raided the farm building at 11am on Saturday and found 60 cannabis plants in one room and 27 in another. The Derby at Epsom was started in 1780 by the 12th Earl. Lord Derby, 47, known as Teddy is the 19th Earl. His family seat is Knowsley Hall in Merseyside, alongside Knowsley safari park, which the family opened in 1971. Lord Derby has recently launched controversial plans to build 1,200 homes on his land in Newmarket.
Chilean Miners Smoked Cannabis And Craved Sex Dolls While Underground
After more than two months underground, the men became so desperate for sex that they requested blow-up dolls be sent down to them, claimed New York Times writer Jonathan Franklin, author of the book 33 Men. However, the authorities denied this request, reportedly allowing families to send down porn, cigarettes, pills and dope instead, through the pipes used to ship supplies to the men.
Miner Samuel Avalos said in the book that he grew suspicious of the actions of his colleagues while they were underground. 'They were peeling away from the group in small cliques, wandering towards the bathroom, to smoke a joint. They never even offered me a toke,' he said. 'When you saw five of them headed up to the bathroom, you knew what they were doing.' Mr Franklin wrote: 'Having small amounts of drugs circulating in the community created more tension than it relieved.'
As well as a book detailing their experiences, the miners are likely to become even more famous if rumours Brad Pitt is interested in making a big-screen version of their story are true. The actor's production company, Plan B, is reportedly considering makinga movie about the ordeal of the Chilean men and their families.
Four Men Quizzed After Drug Raids
Four men are being questioned after detectives smashed a suspected cannabis-growing operation. Nearly half a million euro-worth of the drug was seized during a raid on a "grow house" in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, and a follow-up search in Dublin. Two men, aged 23 and 30, were arrested when gardai uncovered the makeshift cannabis factory and plants with an estimated street value of 144,000 euro around noon on Thursday.
In follow-up searches, another two men, aged 25 and 36, were detained in Wicklow and west Dublin. More herbal cannabis, believed to have a street value of 312,000 euro, was also seized. All four men are being held at Garda stations in Baltinglass, Carlow, and Kevin Street, Dublin. They are being questioned under section two of the Drug Trafficking Act.
The raids were carried out by gardai in Baltinglass, the Tallaght Drugs Unit and the Kevin Street Drugs Unit, as part of Operation Nitrogen. The Garda National Drugs Unit is co-ordinating the operation. The cannabis has been sent for forensic analysis.
Drug User Andrew Thomson Grew His Own Cannabis
A self-sufficient Pitlochry man who decided to branch out from growing his own vegetables to cultivating cannabis plants was fined £250 at Perth Sheriff Court. Bottom of Form Andrew Thomson's stash was uncovered during a search on his Fincastle property by police. They found 92.8 grammes of the drug, which had a street value of around £400. Depute fiscal Stuart Richardson told the court that while there was no charge of producing cannabis on the complaint, it was "perfectly plain" to see where the drug came from as the 42-year-old's house had a room "littered" with equipment.
Defence agent Rosie Scott admitted her client had been growing his own plants as he is a regular user of cannabis. "He tries to be self-sufficient from the point of view of growing vegetables and other produce," she said. "He had originally been growing plants in a spare room but decided to grow cannabis. "He planted two and was fortunate that both cannabis plants grew and he simply used them over a period, as he felt they would last him for some time."
Ms Scott said Thomson "fully accepted" he grew the plants for his own personal use and had planned to grow more when he needed to. "He felt it was better to grow his own than go out and try to buy some." Thomson, of Woodend, admitted that on November 6, at his home address, he was in possession of cannabis.
Dutch council rejects 'marijuana pass'
The city council of Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands has rejected the idea of a pass system for buyers of marijuana. Local politicians in nearby Den Bosch and Maastricht have already come out against introducing ‘weed-passes’, the aim of which would be to bar the sale of cannabis to other than Dutch residents.
In the Netherlands, outlets called ‘coffeeshops’ can be licensed to sell small amounts of marijuana. In recent years, ‘drugs tourists’ from across the border in Belgium and Germany have caused increasing trouble in southern Dutch towns where they come to buy pot.
More recently still, towns including Eindhoven have been hit by a wave of violent crime connected to the supply of cannabis to the outlets. While the sale of marijuana is permitted, the supply of the soft drugs to licensed coffeeshops remains illegal and is controlled by criminal networks.
Under the pass system being proposed by the government, coffeeshops would become clubs with membership only open to local people. Eindhoven Mayor Rob van Gijzel is not convinced, arguing the government should get tough with the criminals involved in the supply of cannabis, and not penalise the customers.
Toronto Judge Rejects Pot Smoking As A Religious Right
A religious group has lost its bid to be exempted from Canada's marijuana laws. The Church of the Universe uses the drug as a sacrament and argues the law infringes on their freedom of religion rights under the charter. Prosecutors had told a Toronto judge that allowing the church's application would effectively legalize marijuana, as others would claim a religious right as well. Justice Thea Herman ruled against the church today.
The constitutional challenge came in the case of two church members charged with trafficking marijuana. Peter Styrsky and Shahrooz Kharaghani allegedly sold pot to undercover officers in 2006, and their case is back in court Feb. 21. Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application from church founders Walter Tucker and Michael Baldasaro for leave to appeal their 2007 marijuana trafficking convictions.
The men sold small amounts of pot to an undercover police officer who posed as a new church member. On its website, the church refers to marijuana as God's "Tree of Life" and that God's children have a right to use it as a sacrament in "their lives and worship." "Church members are encouraged to surround themselves with the holy Tree of Life, not just inhaling it, but wearing it, growing it, writing on it, eating it, etc.," the site reads. "They decide for themselves ways and times to use God's Tree of Life."
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