Gardener Jailed For Growing Cannabis
A gardener who earned £60,000 a year growing “skunk” cannabis in the grounds of an old rectory has been jailed for three and a half years. Mr. Shaun Britcher, a Porsche driving 45 year old was paid £5,000 a month by drugs mastermind Nigel Sanders, who is now on the run. When police raided the rectory they found 400 plants having a street value of £200,000.
Britcher, who was employed by Sanders for six years and had £227,000 in the bank, admitted two drugs offences and two charges of converting criminal property at Exeter crown court. Nigel Wraith, defending, said he was “decent man who succumbed to his activity as a gardener to produce cannabis”. But Recorder Paul Derbyshire said he was a “major player”, adding: “This was the cultivation of cannabis plants on an industrial level.”
85 Year Old Man Accused Of Drug Smuggling
An 85 year old Calexico man was arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle 217 pounds of marijuana in a pickup truck at the Calexico Port of Entry, authorities said Thursday. The 1993 Nissan pickup was stopped at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for inspection. While interviewing the driver, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer noticed discrepancies with the truck and ordered a secondary inspection.
Officers found 35 packages of marijuana in a compartment in the pickup bed. The marijuana has a street value of nearly $100,000, the CBP said. The 85 year old man has been taken into custody and is being processed on charges of drug trafficking, We still have yet to find out if any leniency will be granted to the elderly man or an example will be made of him.
Map Of Marijuana Growing Operations Accidentally Posted
BOULDER, Colo. -- The location of marijuana growing sites are supposed to be kept secret but the city of Boulder has published a map that shows exactly where to find 60 of them.
Boulder officials said they accidentally posted the map on the city website as part of an agenda briefing for the city council.
The Boulder Daily Camera reported that the map shows clusters of growing operations in north and east Boulder.
State law prohibits local governments from disclosing the location of so-called cultivation centers out of fear that would-be thieves might target large growing operations. State lawmakers also exempted records that contain identifying information about the sites from the Colorado Open Records Act.
What's ironic about the disclosure is that the city council will decide at its Jan. 18 meeting whether Boulder should circumvent the open records act exemption by requiring applicants for medical marijuana business licenses to waive their right to privacy.
$400,000 Hydroponic Cannabis Bust
A man has been charged with operating a hydroponic cannabis set-up worth $400,000 in western NSW. Detectives executed a search warrant about 1.30pm on Thursday at a Yenda property, near Griffith. Police allegedly searched a shed on the property and located 200 cannabis plants worth an estimated street value of $400,000.
A 37 year old Yenda man was arrested at the scene and charged with various offences relating to possessing, cultivating and supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug. Police expect to also charge him with using electricity without authority. He was refused bail and is expected to appear at Griffith Local Court on Friday.
Cannabis Found Hidden In Painting Of Emmanuel Adebayor
Drug smugglers tried to bring cannabis worth almost £3,000 into the UK hidden in a painting of the footballer Emmanuel Adebayor, the UK Border Agency said today. The wooden framed picture was seized as it passed through a postal depot in Coventry from the footballer's native Togo. The painting of the former Arsenal star now at Manchester City was addressed to a home in Tottenham, the team's north London rival. Details of the ploy and several others were revealed by the agency to highlight the methods used by drug traffickers. Officials intercepted drugs hidden in bottles of Baileys liqueur, woven baskets, packets of peanuts and yams that had been opened and glued back together.
They also found glass ornaments in which air pockets had been stuffed with cocaine and a birthday card bound for Belfast holding cocaine worth £40,000. Brodie Clark, the head of Border Force, said the drugs were found last year during searches at ports, airports and postal sorting depots. "These smuggling attempts show the lengths that organised criminals will go to in a bid to get drugs into the UK," he said. "Criminals are prepared to invest large sums of money to come up with ever better concealment methods because they know the potential profits from the awful trade in harmful drugs are considerable.
"However, the smugglers are no match for the skill of our officers and the state-of-the-art technology at their disposal." Border staff use a range of methods and specialist equipment to detect drugs. Sniffer dogs are trained to identify drugs and cash while x-ray machines can reveal unusual luggage or parcels. Body-scanners can detect whether "mules" have swallowed or are carrying packets of drugs. Officials act on tip-offs from the public, criminal informants and law enforcement agencies around the world. "Our most important weapon in the fight against drug smuggling is intelligence," Clark said. "I would urge anyone with information that might be useful to the UK Border Agency to phone our hotline on 0800 59 5000."
Synthetic Cannabis Is Worse Than Marijuana
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, smokable herbal blends marketed as being “legal” and providing a marijuana-like high, have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults. K2 and Spice are the most common brands of the synthetic cannabis products being sold. The U.S. DEA went on to explain that these products consist of plant materials that have been coated with research chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. WebMD.com states that these products are spiked with powerful designer drugs and don’t show up in drug tests. Initial tests found no illegal substances and didn’t detect the active ingredients that could explain the “high” produced in users.
Although the synthetic cannabis drugs have been sold in local shops and over the internet for years, they have never been officially tested in humans. According to WebMD.com, nearly all of the chemicals used to make synthetic cannabis were created for experimental use in animals and cell cultures, not humans. Sergeant Robert Bergeron with the Bridge City Police Department said that the side effects of using synthetic cannabis are: hyperventilation, anxiety, agitation, seizures and in rare cases, death. Some other side effects include elevated heart rate and elevated blood pressure. The biggest issue with this drug is the fact that since it isn’t regulated, there’s no set recommended dosage. Also, since it is relatively new to the market, long term side effects have yet to be determined.
Furthermore, one of the chemicals used to make this drug, JWH018, and it’s cousins have a chemical structure with known cancer-causing agents (WebMD.com). JWH018 inventor, John W. Huffman, PhD, told WebMD.com that “It’s like playing Russian roulette to use these drugs. We don’t know a darn thing about them for real.” In November 2010, the U.S. DEA used its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control the five chemicals used to make fake cannabis. Except as authorized by law, this action will make possessing and selling these chemicals, or the products that contain them, illegal in the U.S. for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services do an in-depth study to see if these products should be permanently controlled .
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