Friday, December 29, 2006

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

Here's what 1,500 pounds of pot looks like coming off the truck. The Houston Chronicle reports that the bundles were "wrapped in plastic and coated with calcium carbonate to mask the odor." The anonymous tip to police about the shipment probably came from a rival drug cartel.

It sounds like in this instance Barry Cooper's video wouldn't have helped much. ;) The former drug task force cop's controversial Never Get Busted Again DVD went on sale this week.


Anonymous said...

Think of this load as excess supply. That puts in perspective.

I just wonder how many other countries will turn to this cash crop and smuggle it into the US.

playmisty4me said...

7 tons lost and the market won't even notice its absence. How much longer will we carry on this silly and costly war against what is obviously a very popular product? Why can our elected officials not comprehend reality?

800 pound gorilla said...

Oh, it has to be noticed. It's a "cost of doing business" and it's included in the market price. Whether that cost is absorbed by seller or the transport people it's included in the illegal product. The fact that - despite these losses - the price of marijuana is far less than 150 dollars an ounce and a blip on the crime scene should be the message. Just think of the crime we'd have if nicotine or alcohol were that highly priced!

And remember: smoking marijuana is the most harmful and most potent method possible and yet.... it doesn't seem to cause that much social upheaval - other than lots of people being put in jail for using/selling it.

Anonymous said...

the only thing worse than draconian law enforcement is snitches

Anonymous said...

In 2004, 44.2 percent of the 1,745,712 total arrests in the US for drug abuse violations were for marijuana -- a total of 771,605. Of those, 684,319 people were arrested for possession alone. By contrast in 2000, a total of 734,497 Americans were arrested for marijuana offenses, of which 646,042 were for possession alone.

Sources: Crime in the United States: FBI Uniform Crime Reports 2004 (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 2005), p. 278, Table 4.1 & p. 280, Table 29;

Now while efforts and resources are bing directed at the least harmful drug, while arresst for harmful drugs have dropped! One has to ask where is the common sense in this effort??? If pot was taken out of the total efforts of enforcement, WHAT KIND OF RETURN ON OUR TAX DOLLARS WOULD WE BE GETTING???