Four Arrested After Illawarra Drug Raids
Cannabis plants, weapons and stolen goods have been seized by police during raids south of Sydney. Three men and a woman remain in custody after simultaneous raids on six properties in Unanderra and Berkeley, in the Illawarra region, at 8am on Tuesday.
Police allegedly seized three cannabis plants, 2.5kg of cannabis leaf, a quantity of methylamphetamine, a replica firearm, ammunition, a stun gun, cash and a stolen motorcycle.
The men, aged 31, 38 and 41 and the 38-year-old woman are expected to be charged with various drug supply and property offences. Police said the operation was part of a three-month ongoing investigation into the cultivation and supply of cannabis in the area.
Marijuana vs. Religion
This is a strange case; First one of its kind. There shall be a hearing in the court of Canada, to decide whether The "Church of the Universe" would be allowed to grow and distribute Marijuana as a part of its religious proceedings. It is strange case in which there are two Reverends held as accused for the distribution of Marijuana despite the laws of the country.
It depends on Madam Justice Thea Hurman what turn this battle may take in the days to come. "It would effectively legalize marijuana because every pot smoker would find a new religion," argued Nick Devlin and Donna Polgar, of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, who are in opposition of the case.
They were of the view that just because Marijuana is something that makes people go on a trip and enjoy, it does not mean that it should be made constitutionally right as well. The laws of the nation are for the protection of the citizens and this shall hamper it in all possible ways. Making Marijuana legal to be marketed could be a step too large towards the end of days. The seriousness of the issue is realized by a few and they have to stand up for the betterment of the country, of the world All eyes await the decision that could change a lot for the entire human race.
Cannabis Worth 110,000 Seized
Cannabis resin with an estimated street value of £110,000 has been seized by police. Officers stopped a car in Incle Street, Paisley, on Saturday night and found around 100kg of the drug in the vehicle. Strathclyde Police said a 27-year-old man was arrested in connection with the discovery and is currently being held in police custody. He is expected to appear at Paisley Sheriff Court on Monday. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.
Cannabis Addict Is Told By Court Have A Leaflet
A DRUG user has been told there is nothing the authorities can do for him after Government funding was cut for anti-cannabis programmes. The revelation came in the same week that Hastings Police swooped on three separate cannabis stashes in town, and Government figures showed that more people were admitted to hospital after using cannabis than cocaine. Bradley Bailey, 22, of Stockleigh Road, St Leonards, appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he admitted possessing about three grammes of the Class B drug.
Mark Kateley, prosecuting, said that Bailey was searched after police officers pulled over a Peugeot in South Terrace on January 21 and could smell cannabis in the vehicle. Bailey has two previous convictions for possessing cannabis and one for possessing ecstasy, the court heard. But Samantha Wingfield, defending, said: “He has been open and frank that he does have a drug problem in regard to cannabis and does need some help but it is whether he can get that help. “The probation team tell me that unfortunately the Government has removed all funding to treat people with cannabis problems which I think is rather bizarre.”
And Dean Jinks of the probation service confirmed this was true. He told the magistrates: “In terms of addressing his cannabis use there is nothing we can do. The agencies dealing with cannabis abuse have stopped - CRI used to run a weekly cannabis clinic but that has gone. There is absolutely nothing available. “All we can offer him is a leaflet and advise him to speak to his GP.” Bailey was given a two year conditional discharge but this week police announced a successful triple strike against cannabis production and dealing in Hastings.
$4.6m Of Cannabis Seized By NSW Police
POLICE have seized $4.6 million worth of cannabis during a week-long operation on the NSW mid north coast. More than 2300 cannabis plants, up to three metres high, were seized during the raids, which took place between Monday and Saturday. It was the third operation by the police cannabis eradication program and it targeted areas including Cooperabung National Park and state forests in the Taylors Arm and Bowraville areas. So far this year, police have seized plants with a total estimated potential street value of $17.6 million.
"Our aim is to detect and destroy cannabis crops across the state," Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham said in a statement. "Whether it’s a semi-rural crop or on a steep mountainside in a remote part of the state, there's a very high chance police will find it."
Anti-drugs role model' who represented parish jailed over cannabis factory
A judge warned Crowther – who claimed he was an anti-drugs role-model for youngsters – that he could have considered a community order if Crowther had not denied his role in the crime.
The 57-year-old, of Marine Valley, Flamborough, had maintained a man called "John the Gipsy" used the lock-up and was to blame for the drugs.
Police seized 173 illegal plants worth almost £7,000 from his lock-up in Bempton Lane Industrial Estate in Flamborough, Hull Crown Court heard yesterday.
Evidence of a fledgling cannabis growing operation was also found at a second lock-up Crowther rented in Arras Hill, near Market Weighton, and plants were seized from his van.
At an earlier hearing, Crowther pleaded guilty to being concerned with the production of cannabis on the day it was set for trial.
Judge Jeremy Richardson criticised Crowther for his "nauseating hypocrisy".
He said: "I can't say the defendant was a prime mover but he was involved in the operation knowingly and fully.
"You were a pillar of the community.
"You have done them a grave disservice.
"You have shown scant regard for your family and your employees."
Crowther runs a haulage firm called Flamborough Gas and DIY, employing six people who are likely to now lose their jobs.
He had previously told the court: "I am a role model in that I am trying to help the kids. I am not going to be dealing in drugs."
However, Andrew Stanx, defending said: "He now accepts that he in fact allowed himself to be involved."
Shamed Crowther was the parish council's representative for the Off The Streets Committee, which ran from September 2007 to early 2009, to provide services and equipment for the young people in the village.
As reported, the parish council were unable to sack Crowther from his role until he was sentenced to more than three months in jail. He technically remained a councillor until he resigned in October.
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