'Marijuana cannon' used to fire drugs over US border seized in Mexico
Category: Odd | Posted on Wed, February, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Police in the border city of Mexicali say they have recovered a powerful improvised cannon used to hurl packets of marijuana across a border fence into California.
Police told the Televisa network that the device was made up of a plastic pipe and a crude metal tank that used compressed air from the engine of an old car.
The apparatus fired cylinders packed with drugs that weighed as much as 13 kilos, police said. It was confiscated last week after US officers told Mexican police that they had been confiscating a large number of drug packages that appeared to have been fired over the border. Mexican police on the border have recovered a series of similar devices in recent years.
Woman claims police made marijuana sticker mistake
Category: Odd | Posted on Wed, February, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVR) – A Texas couple claims their love for a certain college football team lead police to believe they were dealing drugs.
Bonnie Jonas Boggioni, 65, said police in Tennessee pulled her over because of a sticker on the back of her car.
“A car from another jurisdiction called ahead to let us know you were coming and that we better check it out,” she said the officer told her.
She says police mistook the Ohio State Buckeye sticker on the back of her car for a marijuana leaf.
“Then he said, ‘well you need to take that off.’ What in Tennessee? He said ‘no, forever.’” she said.
Boggioni said police eventually let her go without a ticket.
“We were still kind of laughing until I got here and then I thought now that’s – that’s not right,” she said.
310 Pounds Of Marijuana Hidden In Frozen Carrots
Category: Odd | Posted on Fri, January, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
A drug smuggler's plans to make money sneaking marijuana into the United States went up in smoke after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials discovered 310 pounds of pot hidden among frozen carrots.
The officers weeded out the weed Wednesday after the suspect, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen from Maywood, Calif., drove a 2005 Bobtail truck from Baja California into the Otay Mesa cargo facility near San Diego, NBCSanDiego.com reported.
When officials inspected the truck, they discovered 42 packages of pot hidden in the boxes of carrots that had an estimated street value of $500,000, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The driver, whose name has not been released, is facing federal charges for the attempted illegal smuggling of marijuana.
He was booked into federal prison until his arraignment, Fox5SanDiego.com reported.
Alligator found in California home guarding $100,000 marijuana stash
Category: Odd | Posted on Thu, January, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
CBS/AP) CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. - California police who entered a man's house Wednesday afternoon for a probation check said they found a $100,000 stash of marijuana guarded by a five-foot-long alligator.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Alameda County deputies entered the home of 32-year-old Assif Mayr where they found 34 pounds of marijuana and the five-foot alligator in a tank in the bedroom.
Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said Mayr got the alligator, named "Mr. Teeth," in 1996 "to commemorate the death of rapper Tupac Shakur." Nelson added that the alligator was likely used as a deterrent against marijuana thieves.
Mayr was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale. He is held in lieu of $160,000 bail.
The alligator was taken to the Oakland Zoo. Officials there described it as very sick and said it was being cared for at the zoo's veterinary hospital.
Flying High: Cannon Fires Cans Filled With Marijuana Across Mexican Border
Category: Odd | Posted on Wed, December, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
Last year, smugglers tried using a catapult to get pot into the U.S.
Now, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents say they recently discovered 30 large cans of marijuana in a field near Yuma, Ariz., — and that the barrels apparently landed there after being fired from a pneumatic-powered cannon 500 feet away in Mexico.
The pot totaled about 85 pounds and "was valued at $42,500," NBCSanDiego.com says.
In other smuggling news, "Spanish authorities say they have arrested a Panamanian woman arriving at Barcelona airport with 3 pounds of cocaine concealed in breast implants," The Associated Press says.
The Panamanian woman was picked up at the airport in Barcelona.
So, it seems, we have two cases of flying high.
Couple who used profits from marijuana farm to help Kenyan village sentenced to 3 years in jail
Category: Odd | Posted on Thu, October, 18th 2012 by THCFinder
It’s a drug lord meets Robin Hood kind of story.
Michael Foster and Susan Cooper were each sentenced to three years in prison after cops discovered a massive marijuana factory at their home in Lincolnshire, England. The couple made more than $600,000 in drug profits over 6 years — money they used for charity, The Guardian reported.
Foster, 62, and Cooper, 63, pleading guilty to charges of producing cannabis and possessing criminal money, but explained how they used the cash to help a Kenyan village they often visited.
“While in Kenya, they bought a computer for a local eye hospital, paid for children to be put through school, and paid for a lifesaving operation on a man’s gangrenous leg,” an attorney for Foster, Gareth Wheetman, said in court this week, according to The Guardian.
Cops busted the couple by accident in 2010, when an officer happened to be chasing a burglar near their home and reportedly caught a whiff of weed.
About $32,000 worth of pot — 159 plants — and another $32,000 in cash was found in the raid.
Officers found 159 marijuana plants when they raided the couple’s farmhouse in 2010.
The operation was described as a “professional and commercial set-up.”
The couple got away with their unusually high electric bill by claiming to run a pottery business with a kiln.
Foster and Cooper were painted in court as a pair of do-gooders who made a bad decision.
“You were growing [marijuana] on a significant scale, jetting off to Kenya on it,” judge Sean Morris said. “I am sure you were doing good things in Kenya with your drug money, whether that was to appease your consciences, I can only speculate.”
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