A brief history of cannabis arrests and seizures from around the world, from the blatantly obvious to the downright bizarre, including arrests for cultivation, arrests for possession, arrests for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Cannabis arrests brought to you on a daily basis, occasionally with a hint of humour.


'helping the police in their investigations'

Jan 31st 2006

The police Drug Squad yesterday registered another success with the seizure of 14 grammes of cannabis resin in St Paul’s Cove. The discovery came after several days of investigations and monitoring following tip-offs that a residence in St Paul’s Bay was being used to traffic drugs. The Drug Squad raided the house early yesterday morning where they discovered the cannabis, as well as controlled pills and other objects related to the drug habit, the police said in a statement. A 28-year-old woman was arrested and is helping the police in their investigations.



'information received'
Joyanne Pursaga
Jan 30th 2006

Mounties acting on information receivedand city police busted an elaborate marijuana grow-op in La Salle on Friday afternoon. Officers seized about 750 plants, 17 rocks of crack cocaine and a large quantity of pot-growing equipment. "The marijuana plants were located all over the residence," said Manitoba RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Joanne Ryll. Ryll said Winnipeg police and Headingley RCMP executed a search warrant at 8 Vouriot Rd. about 2:40 p.m., based on information received in December 2005. RCMP said hydro power was stolen to grow the plants, More Information....



'a favour to a gambling friend'
Stuart Roberts
Jan 29th 2006

A car washer said he did not know a package containing Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans hid a a favour to gambling friendstash of almost $60,000 worth of cannabis. Kevin Wayne Smith, who denies a charge of possessing the cannabis, said he picked up the package of coffee from a Federal Express office as a favour to a gambling friend who the court head has since absconded. Smith, 47, of Union Street, has pleaded not guilty to possessing 1,195 grammes of cannabis on May 28, 2003, More Favours......


'79 bars of cannabis resin and a cannabis bush'
Jan 28th 2006

Policelargest cannabis haul 'ever' in Shropshire say they have seized one of the largest hauls of cannabis ever found in the county. Two men, one in his 20s and the other in his 30s, were arrested at the scene and a third suspect is being sought. The cannabis had a street value of £90,000 and a shot gun, revolver, ammunition and cigarettes were also seized at a house in Market Drayton, Full Haul....



'bad shit man'
Jan 28th 2006

A eighteen year old gunman who shot a drug dealer because his cannabis wasn't good enoughdud cannabis sale was locked up for five years yesterday. George Collins, 18, admitted wounding Christopher Wilson, 23, with an air rifle. His victim had to undergo treatment for a collapsed lung. The High Court in Edinburgh heard the incident happened at Wilson's flat in Perth in August. Setencing Collins, Lord Hardie ordered he be closely monitored for two years after his release.



'cannabis plant'
David Lennard
Jan 27th 2006

A former detective took to the stand yesterday and told a jury that he did not plant cannabis in the desk drawer of a colleague. Stuart Hayward-Rutter, 46, of Wenhaston, near Halesworth, is accused of placing cannabis resin in a desk drawer belonging to Detective Constable Mark Beresford at Leiston Police Station, and falsifying a memo about the drug to the force's complaints and discipline department. Both incidents are alleged to have happened between August 12 and 16, 1999, the jury at Norwich Crown Court has been, Full Memo.....




'£22,000 of cannabis and a grim discovery'
Jan 26th 2006

One year on since a man was found dead in a makeshift cannabis factory, detectives are no closer to finding his killer. Khang Tho Nguyen was found in a house in Bamford Avenue, Alperton, on January 15 last year. His throat had been cut, before his body lay undetected for up to two weeks. Officers, who had forced their way into the rented property, after a concerned friend had raised the alarm, also discovered £22,000 of cannabis in the upstairs of the three-bedroom house, Full Discovery.....



'on the trail of marijuana grow operations'
Jan 25th 2006

Lake Country RCMP are back on the trail of marijuana grow operations and have knocked off two more.
On Jan. 21st, police moved in on a home on Rakewood Road and found 350 plants just harvested and drying and two more plants waiting to be harvested. Police estimate the value of the seized plants to be about $600,000.
The following day, they raided a home on Delda Road that was associated with the man they arrested on Rakewood Road the previous day.Inside, police found another 400 mature plants.



'don’t charge cannabis smokers'
Cormac O’Keeffe/Mary Regan
Jan 24th 2006

The Director of Public Prosecutions is understood to have advised the Garda Síochána that it doesn’t have to prosecute all minor offences and could caution offenders instead. The scheme, full details of which have yet to emerge, has received an initial mixed response from people in drugs-related work. The initiative, expected to be known as the Adult Cautioning Scheme, is based on the highly successful Juvenile Diversion Programme, No Charge...


Substance Abuse Intelligence Desk
Jan 23rd 2006

A try-state police unit has made its first arrests in its crackdown on illegal drug and petrol trafficking in outback communities. The Substance Abuse Intelligence Desk – a combined Northern Territory, West Australian and South Australian effort funded by the Federal Government – is focused on illegal trafficking of petrol, drugs and alcohol in the outback.The unit's first operation on the weekend netted several alleged drug offenders near the NT and SA border, police said today. More Substance.......



'police found 860 kg of cannabis'
Jan 22nd 2006


Four men have been charged with drugs offences after cannabis resin with an street value of £4m was discovered in Greater Manchester. Police found 860 kg of the drug during raids at storage units in Lower Broughton, Salford, on Wednesday. Arfan Mohammed, 29, of Rochdale, Amed Nawaz, 68, Safraz Ahmed, 28, of Burnley and Alexander Morris, 52, of Skelmersdale are charged with conspiracy to supply drugs. All three will appear before magistrates in Manchester on Friday. Five other men were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. They were bailed until 18 April pending further enquiries


'not an indication of guilt'
Jen Sansbury
Jan 21st 2006

Clute> Two Brazoria County men were indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges in Beaumont this week resulting from a Clute Police Department investigation into allegations of drug trafficking out of an East Main Street auto detail shop.
The indictment is not an indication of guilt, merely a determination enough evidence exists to go to trial. Guadalupe Guel Velez, 48, of Clute, and Eric John Garcia, 28, of Alvin, each face two federal charges: one for conspiring to distribute marijuana and one for possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it, Full Indication.....

'Operation Husky'
Jan 20th 2006

Police in Thunder Bay say they have dismantled the local Hells Angels chapter after a two-year biker investigation in northwestern Ontario. Twenty-seven suspects, including five full-patch Angels members, were charged on Wednesday with offences relating to drug trafficking, violence and operating a criminal enterprise, the Ontario Provincial Police said in a statement. The investigation, called Operation Husky, was a joint effort of the OPP and Thunder Bay city police with help from the RCMP, the Sûreté du Québec and Calgary police. It has led to seizures of cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, percocets and OxyContin with retail street value, More..........

'facing 40 years behind bars'
Neil Horner
Jan 19th 2006


An Oceanside resident arrested in Oregon after allegedly smuggling an estimated $2 million worth of marijuana in an airplane is sitting in federal prison in Eugene, Oregon on $1 million bail. The Nov. 19 incident not only saw 56-year-old Qualicum Beach home owner Harvey Allen Gable and 36-year-old Brian Jeffrey Lindroos, of no fixed address facing as much as 40 years behind bars, but has also led U.S. authorities to pay more attention to activities at small, rural airports. According to a report in the East Oregonian, Full Allegations.....


'mandatory 20 years in prison'
Jan 18th 2006

New-York - Reggae music executive Horatio Hamilton was found guilty on Tuesday of conspiring to traffic in over a ton of marijuana a week for seven years, federal court officials said.
Hamilton, president of L.O.Y. ("Lords of Yard") Inc., a production company specializing in reggae which participated in reggae hit "Chi Chi Man" by T.O.K., faces a mandatory 20 years in prison and could face life. The jury rejected Hamilton's argument that he quit the marijuana-trafficking business after his arrest with nearly two tons of marijuana at Los Angeles International Airport in 1999, the U.S. Attorney's office said, More Porridge....


'a number of cannabis plants found'
Jan 17th 2006

A man will be facing court over drug related arrests in the area. A 62-year-old male will face court over a large crop of cannabis found growing in Mount George and a 28-year-old female will face court after a number of cannabis plants found growing in the rear yard in Isabella Street. If anyone has information in relation to drugs and drug cultivation etc please let us know. The more information received the greater likelihood of arrests and taking the drugs off the streets.

'growing trends'
Alex Friedrich
Jan 16th 2006


When narcotics agents raided marijuana-growing operations in St. Paul Park and Forest Lake recently, what they found could be signs of a growing cottage industry.Investigators say the operations broken up Dec. 21 and Jan. 7 involved sophisticated equipment, hydroponic growing systems and hundreds of plants — not exactly the casual sprout or two hidden among the tomato plants. Busts like those are causing investigators in Washington and Dakota counties to wonder about an upswing. Superior plant stock and more sophisticated growing methods are enabling growers to produce increasingly potent marijuana more efficiently — and make more money than ever before as a result. Full Industry....


'a total of 2,765 pot plants'
Janis Cleugh
Jan 15th 2006

Police released details Friday about a marijuana grow operation sting on Westwood Plateau. Thursday, Coquitlam RCMP’s Marijuana Enforcement Team executed search warrants at four homes in the 1600-block of Plateau Crescent following a two-week investigation with BC Hydro. Police seized a total of 2,765 pot plants (954 pounds) from the houses and arrested a 53-year-old Coquitlam man, More Plants....

'500 kilograms of cannabis resin oil'

newswire.ca Jan 14th 2006

TORONTO- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Greater. Toronto Area Drug Section has charged seven people with drug related charges in relation to the importation of approx 500 kilograms of cannabis resin oil
and approx 360 kilograms of cannabis (marihuana). Canada Border Services Agency members discovered the drugs secreted in a container in Halifax with a destination of Toronto. This investigation involved the RCMP Drug Enforcement Unit in Halifax as well as the Toronto Police Service 31 and 22 Division, More.....

'cannabis factory operating from a garage'
Nina Jacobs
Jan 13th 2006

Police drug raids have netted a haul of substances including cocaine, huge quantities of cash and closed down an illegal cannabis factory operating from a garage in Carshalton.The latest crackdown on illegal drug activity in the borough follows information gathered from both police and community sources, including Sutton Council, Crimestoppers and local police safer neighbourhood teams.A response team from Sutton police, responsible for carrying out the raids, Full Operation..

'a plot to smuggle £413,000 of cannabis'

A Birmingham man has admitted his part in a plot to smuggle £413,000 of cannabis hidden in two wooden crates loaded with car spare parts into the Midlands from Germany. The drugs - 186 kilos of cannabis in 768 blocks - were discovered at the bottom of two wooden crates after National Crime Squad detectives stopped a van driven by Paul McDonald near Lichfield, Staffordshire. McDonald 41, of Gravelly Lane, Erdington, Birmingham, pleaded guilty at Stafford Crown Court to conspiracy to supplycannabis, Full Conspiracy.......

'sentenced to 13 years in federal prison'
Jan 11th 2006

Texas > A Palm View man caught at the Hidalgo International Bridge has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for trafficking narcotics, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported Tuesday.
Francisco Longoria, 44, was arrested in December 2004 as he tried to re-enter the United States from Reynosa, Mexico. He pleaded guilty on June 6 to possessing more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was sentenced on Monday, Full Sentence.........


'drug police mistook hemp for cannabis'
Jan 10th 2006

Five Albanian villagers jailed for two weeks for growing cannabis were set free after a court ruled the plant was actually industrial hemp, raised with the help of a British foundation for export to the United States.
"I never imagined I would be pictured in the newspapers as the head of an international drug ring. It's one of those things that makes you cry and laugh at the same time," said Martin Pellumbi of the Shkrel area farmers' association,Faute Complète....

'possession of cannabis AND resisting arrest'
Jan 9th 2006

A police officer was allegedly bitten on the neck by a man after turning up to investigate a protection order breach in Hastings. Police were called to a house in Hastings, about 7pm on Saturday after reports of a man breaching the protection order. "He bit one of our staff on the neck," Senior Sergeant Mike O'Leary said. The officer was not seriously injured. A 36-year-old Hastings man has been arrested and held in custody. He will appear in Hastings District Court later this evening charged with breaching a protection order, trespass, assaulting a police officer, possession of cannabis and resisting arrest.

'drugs squad officers watched nearby'
Jan 8th 2006

Twenty-four-year-old cannabis watchersjoiner Joseph Quinn pleaded guilty to importing 94kgs of cannabis from the Far East. He was snared after the cannabis was delivered to him in Lyndhurst Terrace, Pallion, on Wednesday afternoon while drugs squad officers watched nearby. Sunderland magistrates heard the drugs failed to reach the streets as they were discovered by customs officers at Southampton docks on December 6 after they had been tracked from Thailand.
Prosecutor Michael Rose said the cannabis had been packed into 1kg bags, stuffed inside furniture – including armchairs and sofas – in two crates, Full


'a silly, one-off, snap decision'
Jan 7th 2006

A prison officer has admitted trying to smuggle drugs and mobile phones to an inmate inside two bags resulting in prisionof crisps. David Bentley, 38, tried to sneak the items into Risley jail, Cheshire, on Christmas Eve - but was caught in a routine search. Bentley, of Runcorn, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply and conveying an article to a prisoner, More.......


'public praised by police'
Jan 6th 2006

The Inverell Shire public has once again been praised by police for uncovering yet another drug stash, this time more than $108,000 worth of dried and undried cannabis at a rural property at Mount Russell near Delungra. Police uncovered 54 plants and a large amount of dried cannabis during the raid on Tuesday before receiving information that linked the property to a Mulligan St, Inverell address which was also searched and 100 grams of cannabis found. A Mt Russell man has been charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of cannabis and possession of a prohibited drug, Full Praise...


'more than 54 kilograms of marijuana'
Jan 5th 2006

A Kitchener man is in custody after U-S customs officers found more than 54 kilograms of marijuana in a truck.The 24-year-old man was crossing the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor last night when the vehicle was pulled over for a secondary inspection.Agents say they found four boxes of pot inside the load of hair-care products. There's no word yet on charges.


'receiving information from the community'
Jan 5th 2006

Less than three months after a million dollar drug syndicate was smashed near Emmaville, police this week raided a Mount Russell property near Delungra, uncovering cannabis plants with an estimated $108,000 street value. The substantial haul was uncovered on Tuesday when Inverell police and detectives carried out a search warrant on the property, after receiving information from the community. During the raid police located 25 plants on the property along with a large quantity of processed cannabis, More Information.......

'a routine traffic stop'
Jan 4th 2006

Two California men were in the Livingston County Jail this morning facing multiple drug-related charges after a routine traffic stop on Monday.The traffic stop of the truck in which the men were traveling was made by District 6 State Police. There was no information available this morning as to where the stop took place or what time it took place.
Pablo Perez, 33, of Hayward, Calif., was charged with possession of cannabis over 5,000 grams, delivery of cannabis over 30 grams, possession of a controlled substance and cannabis trafficking, Full Stop.....

'it really does hurt to be electrocuted'

Michelle Beaver
Jan 3rd 2006

Alameda County firefighters who responded to a medium-sized fire at a San Lorenzo home Sunday night expected a typical scene — maybe a kitchen fire or a Christmas trees wiring gone awry. They were in for a surprise. The fire was caused by an indoor marijuana-growing operation and resulted in the electrocution of a fireman. He was treated and is fine, said Batallion Chief Dan OHara. It really does hurt to be electrocuted, OHara said. No pun intended, but the whole thing was definitely a shock. It brings you right to your knees. The occupants of 17028 Via Pasatiempo were apparently growing at least 200 marijuana plants in their garage and two bedrooms. The occupants had an assortment of growing lights and humidifiers for their project, Full Electrocution.........


'possession of marijuana'
Ryan Karp
Jan 2nd 2005

Clarence F. Martin III, 35, of 353 Stonecreek Rd., New Philadelphia, faces at least eight charges after leading officers from two law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase from Roswell into New Philadelphia Saturday night.
He was taken to the Tuscarawas County jail on several outstanding warrants after the pursuit, which began around 10:30.The seven-minute chase ended when Martin’s vehicle was slowed by spike strips put on the road by officers. His vehicle then hit a pickup truck.The truck driver was not injured in the crash, but his name was unavailable, Full Chase....


'three cannabis cautions were issued'
Jan 1st 2006

Sixty people were arrested during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, but police have praised the good behaviour of thousands of other revellers.New Year's Eve operation commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Goodwin, said the number of people charged was much lower than last year. "The majority of people have come into the city and celebrated the end of 2005 in an exuberant and friendly way," he said in a statement. But police did level at least 72 charges against 60 people who took their celebrations too far. At Bondi, six people were charged with possessing a prohibited drug, three cannabis cautions were issued and one person was charged with having a high-range PCA while 'st riding a bicycle, Full Caution.....