Man reports theft of marijuana to police
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A California man reported the theft of 25 pounds of marijuana from his home to police, claiming the drugs were legally grown, authorities said.
Police in Newport Beach responded to a call from a resident about two men breaking into a neighbor's home, the Newport Beach Daily Pilot reported Friday.
When police located the homeowner, he reported boxes packed with marijuana worth about $50,000 were taken and that he had a permit allowing him to grow marijuana, police Sgt. Steve Burdette said.
Authorities said they would not identify the man because at this point he's considered the victim of a residential burglary.
Newport Beach does not have any kind of license or permit that allows people to grow marijuana, city attorney David Hunt said.
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Would-be smugglers planned to catapult drugs over border
The U.S. National Guard spotted would-be drug smugglers on video Jan. 21 near the Naco Border Patrol station along the Mexico-Arizona border setting up a catapult, which was probably intended to be used to launch marijuana over the border.
“This is definitely an unusual find,” U.S. Border Patrol agent Jason Rheinfrank told the Star on Thursday. “It’s definitely something new.”
The border agency released a clip of a video that shows the suspects setting up the catapult and testing it without putting anything in the catapult.
The National Guard then contacted the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, who contacted Mexican authorities. Mexican authorities arrived and “nothing was actually launched across the border,” Rheinfrank explained.
Officials seized an SUV, which was attached to the catapult on a trailer-like vehicle, and approximately 45 pounds of marijuana.
The suspects fled the area before they could be captured.
Police: Business cards led to drug bust
NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- New York police said they arrested two men accused of running a high-end cocaine and marijuana business they advertised with business cards.
Investigators said an informant found the business cards advertising the drug-dealing services of Thomas Zenon and Miguel Guzman in a New York University dorm, and undercover officers made 12 buys during a three-month period, the New York Daily News reported Friday.
Police said Zenon and Guzman, who were arrested Wednesday, had more than 200 customers in the Manhattan borough. The men were scheduled to be arraigned on drug charges Friday.
Officers said Guzman was en route to a delivery when he was arrested Wednesday and was holding 16 grams of cocaine, more than $1,600 cash and four cellphones. Zenon was arrested at a restaurant with more than $600 in addition to 20 bags of marijuana found in his car.
Alleged marijuana traffickers call cops after their car is hijacked
If you are illegally transporting marijuana across the United States, do you call the cops if you are carjacked?
That dilemma faced two people Friday night as they allegedly hauled 170 pounds of high grade marijuana from Utah to North Carolina.
In the middle of Wyoming - on Interstate 80 near Sinclair - the marijuana traffickers had their car hijacked, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
The victims decided to call the cops.
As of Wednesday, three people are in custody - the man and woman who were allegedly transporting the marijuana - and one of the two male carjackers, according to Sgt. Stephen Townsend, spokesman for the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Townsend said that about 9 p.m. Friday, troopers were told of the alleged carjacking. The victims said a couple of guys in a red SUV had taken their car by force. The victims had been left unharmed next to the interstate.
A short time later, troopers spotted both the red SUV and the carjacked vehicle. Two men were transferring bundles of marijuana from the car to the SUV.
When the alleged carjackers spotted the cops, they sped away, tossing packages of marijuana from the SUV.
At Rawlins, the SUV sped into town. One of the alleged carjackers jumped out. The SUV slammed into a snow bank and the driver fled.
The first of the alleged carjackers was apprehended with the help of the Rawlins Police Department.
The second guy got away.
Officials seized the marijuana, which has a street value of about $425,000.
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