Dozen People Arrested In Polk For Selling 'Fake Pot
The products, with names like K2, Cloud Nine, Black Mamba and Kryptonite, are marketed as incense and available in convenience stores, tobacco shops, and on the Internet. It's legal to sell K2 in Florida except within the jurisdiction of Polk County. On Thursday Sheriff Judd held a press conference to announce that his deputies had arrested 12 people for selling K2 or similar products in the Polk County Region. The undercover sting marks the first time in Polk and possibly Florida where people were arrested for hawking the mixture of herbs, spices and other plant material.
At the press conference Sheriff Judd commented that "The sellers clearly know it is being smoked with the purpose of getting high". Sheriff Judd continued to say that "K2 is not simply some incense. It's not some little flower plant. It's a chemical compound on that flower."
The dried plant matter is sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids before being packaged and sold. The dozen store owners or clerks arrested this week were charged with selling an imitation controlled substance, a third degree felony. Law enforcement agencies typically use that charge to arrest people who, for example, sell baking soda as cocaine. Judd submitted the cases for review before undercover detectives checked stores selling K2. Both agencies agreed selling the products "was a violation of the law," the sheriff said. Prosecutors said they think the charges will hold up in court.
Going Dutch! Marijuana Cafes Could Close To Foreigners
For many of years now Holland and mainly Amsterdam has been thought of to be the weed capital of the world, In Amsterdam you can find every possible strain of cannabis that you could possibly dream of. Amsterdam itself attracts more then a million British tourists each year alone all of them seeking the legal high that they could not possibly get in their own country, But all of this could possibly change within the near future. There has been talks now that the Dutch Justice Minister is thinking about turning all of the coffee shops in Amsterdam to be Dutch only which could possibly be terrible news for Holland.
The Dutch Justice Minister Mr. Ivo Opstelten said that "Of course tourists are welcome to visit the Netherlands but not only to visit the coffee shops," he also further commented "In the near future, if we work out the processes, the coffee shops will not be accessible to tourists." The justice ministry confirmed the intention to implement the new coalition government's manifesto pledge within the run of the current parliament. For years Britons wishing to sample such herbal offerings that Amsterdam has to offer have been served by bus companies such as Dam Express. A local coffee shop owner quoted that 99% of all of his clients were in fact foreigners and such bans would literally destroy his business.
Driver In Fatal Crash Had 150 lbs Of Marijuana In Car
A man who was arrested last week after a high speed chase on Interstate 10 was accused of having more than $84,000 worth of marijuana in his vehicle, authorities said. Joel O. Morando, 25, was arrested Nov. 11 after he led Arizona Department of Public Safety officers on a 30-mile chase down Interstate 10 before rear ending a pickup truck and crashing near the Avra Valley exit. The driver of the pickup truck, Ronald Papanikolas aged 31 from Magna, Utah, was thrown from the cab of the truck and died at the scene.
The incident reportedly started after a K9 officer pulled Morando over on westbound Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak for following too closely. The officer walked the exterior of the vehicle with the dog before the dog alerted to the vehicle’s trunk. Morando reportedly ran to his vehicle and fled while the officer was waiting for backup units to arrive. The suspect sped down interstate 10 towards Tucson with the officer in pursuit before hitting the pickup truck. There was approximately 153 pounds of marijuana in Morando’s vehicle. Morando is facing charges of first degree murder, felony endangerment, criminal damage, possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale and possession of marijuana.
2 Convicted In Record Marijuana Bust
Two florida men have recently been arrested on federal charges for one of the largest marijuana busts in state history. It is reported that the two men Stanley Narcisse Aged 36 from Winter Garden and Eric Emmanuel aged 35 from Pemmbroke Pines were in possession of roughly 6,500 pounds of Cannabis. This amount holds a street value of roughly 6.5 Million dollars. The two men were arrested after they failed to pull into a weighing station on East Hanover Township on January the 31st.
After having been pulled over and arrested on felony drug possession and intent to distribute it was later realized that the two men had been driving a stolen truck from the Atlanta area. The trucks goods were loaded onto the trailer in Tuscon, Arizona and were being transported to Connecticut. At the time of the stop Narcisse was on bail for similar charges in Arizona after a tractor trailer he was operating in May 2009 was found to contain about 1,000 pounds of Marijuana. Both men are serving life imprisonment and a sentence date has not yet been scheduled.
Woman Hides Pot in Dirty Diaper
State police say a western Pennsylvania woman tried to hide marijuana in a child's dirty diaper.
Trooper Stefani Plume had just asked permission to search the car of 23-year-old India Banks, of Clairton, when Banks allegedly handed the diaper to the trooper and asked her to toss it into a bag of garbage inside the vehicle.
Plume says she thought it was odd of Banks to hand over the wet diaper instead of throwing it in the bag herself. So the trooper checked inside and found a small bag of marijuana.
Plume described the Oct. 25 traffic stop when Banks appeared in court Wednesday to waive her right to a preliminary hearing. Banks will enter a special probation program for first time offenders that will enable her record to be expunged if she complies with her probation terms.
Burglars steal $15K worth of medical marijuana
Authorities say about $15,000 worth of pot was stolen from a medical marijuana grower's building in Four Corners west of Bozeman.
Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle the building was damaged Sunday night. He says it is the second time in two weeks the business has been burglarized.
Additional details about the two burglaries have not been released.
Jake Wagner, commander of the Missouri River Drug Task Force, says based on the $15,000 price tag of the medical marijuana, the burglars must have stolen about 5 pounds
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