Marijuana Concealed in Tomato Shipment
Local authorities have uncovered nearly 5,000 pounds of Cannabis hidden in a tomato shipment, their last major seizure of the year. Customs and Border Protection officials in Nogales say the load was being smuggled across the Mexican border in a tractor trailer on Thursday evening.
During a standard X-ray inspection of the cargo officers found anomalies and called for a narcotics detection dog. The dog alerted to drugs as the tomato pallets were being unloaded for inspection. 210 bales of marijuana, worth an estimated street value of $4.2 million were seized. The driver, a 48 year old man from Mexico was arrested and turned over to ICE where he shall be processed and await his day in court.
Shooting victim charged in pot bust out of hospital
FAIRFIELD TWP. — A 21-year-old man facing charges after police seized 850 pounds of high-grade marijuana from a house he was renting has been released from the hospital after he was shot in the face in a home-invasion shooting.
Angel D. Rivera, 21, was released from Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton on Monday, said Fairfield Twp. police Chief Richard St. John. He is currently in the Butler County Jail.
Rivera is charged with trafficking in marijuana, a first-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony, as a result of a joint operation of the Butler County Sheriff’s Regional Narcotics Taskforce and Fairfield Twp. Police Department.
St. John said that the property owner Rivera was renting from will “absolutely not” face charges, as authorities “are confident that the people who owned the house had no clue what he was using the house for,” he said.
Rivera was shot in the face early Dec. 30 after two men forced their way through a back door of the home Rivera was renting at 6699 Fayetta Drive in Fairfield Twp. The suspects stole an undetermined amount of marijuana and fired two shots at Rivera before fleeing.
The suspects remain at large.
Rivera suffered a gunshot wound below his right cheekbone from a .22 caliber firearm; a second shot grazed the side of his head, said St. John.
Rivera was transported by a Fairfield Twp. life squad to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. From there, he was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital.
If convicted, Rivera, who previously lived in Middletown, could face up to 18 years behind bars, St. John said.
The marijuana was found in the basement of the home Rivera had rented since about September. The drugs are suspected to have come from Mexico, Jones said.
The estimated value is $1,200 per pound, with an approximate street value of $1.02 million, said Lt. Mike Craft of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Jones said the bust is the largest in Butler County history.
In addition to the marijuana, a 2001 Ford Ranger with Illinois license plates, a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country minivan and a 2004 Acura also were seized.
No court date for Rivera has been set.
Cannabis Factory Shame Of Ex Soldier
A former soldier set up a cannabis factory at his Hucknall home with military precision, a court was told. Police found a sophisticated arrangement at the house on Bentinck Street, with charts for each growing cycle for the drugs. A total of 57 plants was found with a yield value of more than £13,000. This could have gone up to as much as £25,000, Nottingham Crown Court heard. Jamie Smitham (30), who has now moved away from Hucknall, admitted production of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply the drug.
But he was spared an immediate prison-sentence after the judge heard of his exemplary Army record and 11 years of service to his country. The court heard that on Monday March 22, police raided the property and found 29 plants being cultivated in a grow tent in the dining room of the house under artificial lighting. In the front bedroom were a further 18 plants with lights above them and a form of air conditioning. In the back bedroom, ten more plants were discovered. These were described as being very healthy. Paper charts detailed a rolling growing-programme of 12-to-16 week cycles over the previous seven months. When interviewed, Smitham admitted doing research on the Internet on how to grow cannabis and confessed to buying seeds for the drugs from Amsterdam in Holland.
His barrister, Balraj Bhatia, said: “He went about it with military precision, given his background.” On discharge from the Army, Smitham did not seek counselling but tried to deal with a return to civilian life in his own way and started using cannabis, Mr Bhatia said. His “pretty heavy” usage was under control until 2009 when he went to the aid of a bouncer in a fracas outside a nightclub. Both of them were injured in the confrontation but three men who escaped were later given custodial sentences. While on an Army tour of duty, Smitham also saved the life of a colleague, the court was told. Judge James Sampson told him: “The police found a significant cannabis factory in your home. “But you have shown geniune shame and remorse, and you have years of service for your country.” The sentence was 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, plus 300 hours of unpaid community work and £670 court costs.
Crash Leads To Drug Find
Williamstown police performed an unexpected drug bust when they were called to a car crash on Saturday. Police attended a Westgate Freeway crash about 3.45pm and reportedly found about 100 ecstasy tablets, a quantity of GHB and cash when they searched the vehicle.
More GHB and some cannabis were discovered when the police searched the driver’s Werribee address after obtaining a warrant. A 27-year-old Werribee man has been charged with multiple drug and traffic offences, was remanded in custody to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.
19 Year Old Hospitalized After Using Marijuana Alternative
A 19 year old man was hospitalized in Duluth last night after going into convulsions following the use of a marijuana alternative. According to the Duluth Police Department, 911 were called after the teen was quote "freaking out, hitting the wall, and not making any sense."
When authorities arrived at the scene the man was alert, but shaking uncontrollably. The marijuana alternative the man took was called "Fear and Loathing" and police were told it was purchased at a Duluth based business. In August, the Duluth City Council passed an ordinance banning the sale of synthetic marijuana across the city.
Festival Guard Accused Of Selling Drugs
Police patrolling a Sydney music festival have arrested and charged a security guard with selling drugs at the event. Police say the 51-year-old man had $390 in cash on him and 50 ecstasy tablets at the Field Day Festival in the Domain. They say cannabis was found in his car. Police say they also found six ecstasy tablets on a 25 year old man they allege bought drugs from the security guard. The security guard, from Lidcombe, was charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug, dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime and drug possession.
He has been granted conditional bail and is due to appear in North Sydney Local Court on January 25. The 25 year old man was issued with a court attendance notice for drug possession and is due in Downing Centre Local Court on January 24. Two other people were also charged with supplying drugs at the festival. A total of 111 people were arrested among the crowd of 20,000. Seven festival-goers were taken to hospital for suspected drug overdoses.
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