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War on drugs

The war on drugs is truly underway. From the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the cannabis factories in Shieldaig in the Highlands of Scotland, drugs barons are not safe.

We will hunt you down, there is no hiding place. We will find you. Today, tomorrow, tomato.

LuLu Matheson

Don’t know much about the reclassification of cannabis but I wonder what tomatoes lulu was growing.

Oops……..this appears to have been a bit of a clusterfu*#………

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7 Responses

  1. Heard him on the being interviewed on the radio today and it sounded like a scary experience for them.

    What is laughable was the force’s claim that following discoveries of cannabis factories in their area they were acting on all “intelligence” reports.

    Those would be the factories with the blanked out windows with no one living in them – and the report according to him was that of a wpc driving past and noticing the plants from 15 yards away.

  2. We had a similar experience in to 1970’s, not long after we got married.

    We had a bit of a problem with one of our neighbours, and she reported that we were growing cannabis in our garden to the local station.

    One day, two (very big) plain clothes officers turned up with a warrant, and, having searched the house and gardens, found the plants in a Gro-Bag. Though the officers knew these were tomatoes (and said so), they were seized, and taken for analysis. Needless to say, several weeks later we were told that the analysis showed that the plants were indeed tomatoes and that there was NFA.

    Didn’t stop me joining the job though, but nevertheless, it makes you think that all it takes is some malicious person to make an accusation and your life can be turned upside down.

  3. Some many years ago, A Station Warrant Officer at a nameless RAF unit, used to have cage birds in the Guard Room. The resultant produce was emptied into bins at the back of the guardroom which was a sheltered and sunny place. Some of the seed was still viable and some grew…..Until one day a visiting police person (rank unknown) saw what was growing there….The next poor sods on jankers had a bit of gardening to do.:-)

  4. Tomato leaves look nothing like ‘nabis, and they certainly don’t smell like them, I wonder how much intel was actually in the pack and if included photo’s of the recce!!

  5. Give the Afghanistan farmers a huge subsidy to grow wheat, rape seed or similar. End of problem and probably much cheaper too.

  6. A few years back some joker planted some seed in the concrete planters outside of Bath police station,
    come spring they emerged and they grew nicely amongst the pansies – it wasn’t until mid summer when they were about 8inches high that someone noticed (and of course contacted the press before the police). As you might expect there were some rather red faces!

  7. They probably should consider themselves lucky. In other messed up drug raids they’ve just shot the dogs, e.g. http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/08/07/mayor.warrant/

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