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Current Affairs 2005 - Police (93 items)

Dec 13, 2005 Grow-Ops Growing In Number Since the start of 2005, police in Ontario have raided 15 farm-sized pot fields, with each property housing between 7,000 and 24,000 plants. Overall, the Orillia-based OPP Drug Enforcement Section is reporting a 100-per-cent increase in the number of plants seized over the past year. Between January and September, officers dismantled more than 600 grow operations and uprooted in excess of 400,000 plants. Seizures in areas surrounding Bancroft, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, and Kincardine are up 600 per cent, Elbers said.

Tax and regulate
Dec 13, 2005 Local Residents Shown How To Spot Drug Grow He said to look for windows covered up or lights that go on in dark houses at scheduled times of the day. Often the houses are uninhabited, so take notice of flyers building up or a lack of garbage. A strong, skunk smell would also be an indication of illegal activity. Loud buzzing noises emitted from generators or fans may be audible from outside the building as well. Watch for people entering and exiting through the garage door which may mean that the main entrances have been barricaded to prevent marijuana theft from other 'competititors'.

Are they educating the public on what to look for, or are they educating growers on what not to do?
Dec 8, 2005 More Guns In Grow-Ops According to StatsCan, there have been 137 marijuana-related homicides between 1992 and 2002.

Nice propaganda work... it should say "PROHIBITION-related homicides", but the mindless media copy police PR's verbatim.
Dec 8, 2005 Security Firm Offers Rental Service To Combat Grow-Ops Leo Knight, a senior vice-president of Paladin Security Group Ltd., said the company now has trained personnel who will monitor a landlord's property for any drug activity....In some cases, Knight notes, they will give a tenant notice they want to do an interior inspection.

Another very disturbing trend initiated by a prohibitionist with the only way out is being able to afford your own home. Easier said than done.
Dec 7, 2005 Judge May Ban Police A judge vowed yesterday to limit the number of off-duty Winnipeg police officers who have flooded a misconduct hearing and literally surrounded three men who claim they were assaulted by police.

A frightening look at police mentality...
Nov 30, 2005 Plenty of Busts Via Snitch Line Surrey RCMP have made 120 grow-op busts so far this year, thanks to tips left on the city's new marijuana snitch line.

Want to get even with someone? Want to betray a friend? Got a gripe against an old lover? Forget about justice, the system makes it very easy for you to vent without ever facing the accused.Great role models, eh?
Nov 29, 2005 Officers Alarmed At Increase In Grow-Op Size The increasing size and plant yields of rural marijuana grow operations are an increasing concern to OPP drug enforcement officers.

Perhaps one day they will realize that cannabis is a plant like any other and they will never be able to eradicate nature.... until that day comes....
Nov 29, 2005 Botched Raid Battle Expected To End A Calgary woman's five-year fight against several police officers who bungled a drug raid at her rented southwest home is expected to come to an end today.

Nov 24, 2005 Why Blacks Won't Talk To Police I asked for a show of hands of how many had been stopped by police for no apparent reason. Seventeen of the 19 males raised their hands.

[Remember the mantra... the police are our friends.. we pay them to serve and protect us...]
Nov 23, 2005 Cops Cope With Growing Problem Five years ago, 95 per cent of Ontario Provincial Police drug enforcement was proactive work. Now, it's 95 per cent reactive, and more than half of the workload centres around marijuana, Det. Insp. Frank Elbers said at OPP headquarters yesterday.

[Duh, so what's the logical answer?]
Nov 18, 2005 Drugs Sold In Local High Schools Police Say The Problem Is So Big They Can't Keep Up... Police now send drug-sniffing dogs and undercover officers into your children's schools as young pushers peddle marijuana, crack, cocaine and ecstasy to fellow students.

[Again, drugs in schools has been around for over 30 years, yet the kids of today are subjected to tactics that will colour their view of authority forever]
Nov 15, 2005 City Faces Lawsuit Over Raid On Legal Marijuana Growers Three medical marijuana advocates are suing the City of Vancouver for $400,000 after police raided a federally licensed indoor marijuana growing operation in the basement of a rented east Vancouver home.

As of Nov. 4, 1,118 people were issued medical marijuana licences by Health Canada. In B.C., there are 217 licensed users.

Nov 12, 2005 Activist Accused Of Trying To Hijack Forum A pot activist who used a crowded rural forum to confront police Chief Brian Mullan says he'll keep speaking out at future meetings, despite being blasted by an irate city councillor. Councillor Margaret McCarthy says she had to tell two men to "sit down and shut up" because they tried to "hijack" the meeting this week in the old Flamborough town hall.

[They just can't handle the truth...]
Nov 9, 2005 Nailing Marijuana Growing Operations Delta police may have the best, and simplest, way to deal with illegal drug growers -- investigate, arrest and make sure criminal charges stick.

Nov 9, 2005 Putting Pot In Perspective The last two weeks have seen the issue of marijuana grow ops rear its ugly head in Nanton. ...The grow op in question involved nine plants... Last month, Calgary Police Service Sergeant Roger Morrison told landowners at the MD of Ranchland that grow operations are generally the precursor to much worse things, namely funding the devlopment of methaphetamine labs...Pot grow ops may be used to fund meth labs in other places, but it would be great to focus on eliminating the very real problem of meth sellers and abusers in this area.

[It's amazing that the cops can keep dreaming up this crap to spew out to the lapdog media, though it looks like it may be a harder sell..]
Nov 9, 2005 RCMP Constable Faces Four More Assault Charges After an internal investigation, former Lillooet RCMP Cst. Dan St. Amand is facing four more charges of assault with a weapon. After deStrake and others attending the Feb. 5 party complained about St. Amand using excessive force, other Lillooet residents came forward with complaints about the Mountie.

[The myth that the police are our friends was crushed long ago when prohibition and vice laws were put on the books]
Nov 2, 2005 Mountie Charged With Assault After Lillooet Home Raided [ A Lillooet Mountie has been charged with four counts of assault with a weapon.It is alleged a police officer used excessive force by Tasering a 19-year-old woman in her back as she lay on the ground face down during a drug raid Feb. 5. The woman's dog was also allegedly Tasered during the raid. Police said they found trace amounts of cocaine on a scale, plus four ecstasy pills in a coat and a bag of marijuana in the woman's home.

Nov 1, 2005 Randall Severson admits he kicked the counter in Felger's office. A surprise police sweep at Cardinal Carter secondary school in Leamington resulted in one student being caught with drug paraphernalia and trace amounts of cannabis.

[Consider the time, cost, resources, and more importantly the right to terrorize hundreds of students to send a "message", especially since no drugs were found. Kids are getting the message all right, but not the one intended... the message they get is they have no rights, no privacy and adults are authoritation #%*^@'s ]
Oct 28, 2005 Rolling Stone Article Irks Local Leaders In his article entitled "The Tale of Kid Cannabis", Rolling Stone contributing editor Mark Binelli writes: "Rumour had it that the town of Nelson had become a sort of hippie Shangri-La, a place where if you took more than ten minutes to find someone to sell you a dime bag, there was a good chance you were already high." Binelli described Baker Street's Holy Smoke Culture Shop, with its outdoor portrait of reggae legend Peter Tosh " large enough to rival Soviet-era portraits of Lenin," as "a second City Hall."

[ Many enterprising kids realize they can make far more money selling pot than be expoited at McJobs. Eventually the pot sellers buy the business and hire the pot buyers to work for them... it's all spelled it in Narco-Dollars for Beginners A MUST READ ]
Oct 28, 2005 Arming Parents With Facts On Drugs Keeping kids safe from drug abuse is a balancing act in need of adjustment, says RCMP Cpl. Scott Rintoul, the keynote speaker at a Drug Information Night for Parents Nov. 1 in Langford.

[A cop teaching drug education is like a doctor teaching the finer points of the law. Why should we listen? Our own experiences of growing up with drugs all around us has equipped us with our own set of "tools" based on personal knowledge, not someone's job security. Parents would be wiser to attend an event that features a cop worth listening too from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). ]

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