A pot plantation worth $5 million, cops say

Big pot farmIt’s harvest time in southern Ontario – pot harvesting time – and that means drug squads are out in force, scouring backroads and remote properties for mature marijuana crops. Cops in eastern Ontario found a big one (photos after jump), a reefer lover’s field of dreams off an isolated rural road less than an hour’s drive north of Kingston. They counted more than 5,000 plants that appear to be 5 to 6 feet tall, in the snaps provided by police.
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An outlaw biker, makeshift barbell and a big lawsuit

Fat MexicanCorrections Canada says it’s not legally liable for injuries suffered by an imprisoned outlaw biker because he was exercising with a makeshift barbell built with bags of water. The claim is contained in a statement of defence filed last week in a Kingston court in response to a lawsuit launched in May by Carl Thomas Bursey, who is behind bars at Kingston Penitentiary for drug dealing. The Bandidos outlaw bike gang member (symbolized by the Fat Mexican wielding a gun and a machete) is suing the federal government for $5 million, claiming he suffered a crippling injury because he got substandard medical care from prison staff after he hurt himself while exercising.

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Police release buyer’s price guide for street drugs

What’s an 8-ball of crack cocaine fetch on the street in Toronto these days? Or how about a gram of marijuana? What about a pound of heroin? The Mounties have the answers. Provincial police released an RCMP price list (read full list after the jump) this week, a guidebook to the cost of illicit dope in the Toronto area. The list shows, for example, that methadone and heroin are among the priciest street drugs, worth roughly $100,000 per kilogram.

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Man brings Easter treats to court – cocaine, marijuana

See all posts about dumb crooks and kooky crimesIt’s probably not a good idea to take your cocaine to court with you, or your cute little pot-filled Easter eggs, either. I’ll let the news release from the Kingston city police department ‘splain the rest:

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Pot plant picture puzzle: Can you count 'em?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, and a pot plant is worth a thousand bucks, then how much is a picture of thousands of pot plants worth? RCMP in Kingston, Ontario, released the photo (above) showing off their haul in a weeklong sweep of marijuana growing operations in the region (coloured dots at the rear of the pic, near the treeline, are police officers). The Mounties and Kingston drug squad officers used aircraft to find the pot farms, then moved in covertly on the ground to hack them down. They found roughly 15,000 plants during a blitz last week. Each mature pot plant, depending on size and quality, can produce $1,000 worth of marijuana, so the busts are theoretically worth up to $15 million. The photo shows just one of the pot farms that was busted.

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Crack addict Christian Franche: ‘I’m not a criminal’

Christian Franche is a poster boy for the abject failure of Canada’s:
» Drug enforcement strategies,
» Sadly inadequate prison treatment programs and,
» Misguided legislative crackdowns on crime and criminals.

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Police make mammoth drug bust – by accident

This is what a trunkful of cocaine – $4.4 million worth – looks like. Police snatched this load of dope, a whopping 245 pounds, in eastern Ontario on Friday, April 24. The photo of the impressive haul was released today, April 27. Drug squad officers in the area are calling it the biggest load of coke they’ve seen. So how did they pull off the spectacular bust?

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Drugs, torture, prison, torture, death

The drug subculture is a cesspool of violence. Need an example?

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It’s also a glimpse of one piece of a twisted puzzle. If a drug dealer is willing to snip off a man’s toe with garden shears, slice his body, rub salt into his wounds and bag his head, all because the victim is believed to have stolen marijuana, what will he do in prison, locked in a stifling and dehumanizing cage, when he takes offence to the daily misery and frustration of life behind bars?

The answer: He’ll do just about anything.

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