Tuesday, July 25, 2006

JADE continues pot prohibition war, Scottsville front

Multi-Million Dollar Drug Bust In Albemarle County

Reported by Shane Edinger, Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Members of the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement task force found 4,400 marijuana plants growing at a home near Scottsville. Virginia State Police say the pot has a street value of more than $4.8 million dollars.

Officials made the bust on Monday, working with state police and the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Department. Along with the pot plants, officers found a half-pound of processed marijuana and four guns.

Gary Peck was arrested at the scene. He faces several charges, including manufacturing marijuana with the intent to distribute.

"It's the largest bust that I'm aware of in Albemarle County, in at least the last 15 years," said Sergeant John Baker of the JADE Task Force.

Authorities say it appeared the growing operation had been going on for some time. Some of the pot plants were as high as nine feet tall.

Gary Peck is currently being held at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. Detectives say the investigation is ongoing and more charges against Peck are pending.

Comment: The only question left unanswered is how much of the drug the officers took home with them. The difference between this and the 1920s alcohol prohibition is that pot is much less destructive and violent. During both wars, police found their jobs increasingly dangerous as they escalated the assault on otherwise law-abiding citizens. What would Thomas Jefferson do?

JADE Goes Psycho

Blair Hawkins, The Witness Report, April 30, 2002

During the week of Valentine’s, the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement task force expressed its fanatical belief that any drug use is supporting terrorism. Law enforcement’s decision to elevate drug use to treason is an escalation of its war on America.

If you doubt that police think they’re at war, simply watch an officer approach your car during a routine traffic stop or a SWAT team serve a warrant.

1 Comments:

Blogger Jack Landers said...

This bit reveals the total ignorance of both JADE and NBC 29:

"Authorities say it appeared the growing operation had been going on for some time. Some of the pot plants were as high as nine feet tall."

When grown outdoors, cannabis is an annual. It sprouts in the spring and dies in the fall. The fact that some plants were 9 feet tall only tells us that the grower had planted a leggy sativa variety (as opposed to cannabis indica) and that they were in good soil and probably planted close together.

Whether the plants were 2 feet tall or 9 feet, they would have been no more than a few months old.

Also note that JADE's claim of the street value is a lie. Most cannabis is dioecious, meaning that there are both male and female plants. Only the female plants produce the flowers (or 'bud') which has commercial value as smokable cannabis.

50% of the seeds will be female and 50% will be male. Without getting into some of the very advanced and rare botanical methods for creating 100% female seeds from dioecious plants, it's essentially impossible for the cannabis grower to know which are female and which are male under they begin flowering. In late July, flowering has not yet begun. Thus the value of a crop of 4,400 plants must be cut in half right off the bat.

The fact that flowering has not begun also means that none of this crop was really marketable. Most of the leaves on a cannabis plant contain levels of THC that are too low to be particularly psychoactive. So plants that have not flowered have a street value of zero.

If JADE wants to get into predicting what the street value of the crop might have been had it reached maturity, first the have to cut the number of plants down to 2,200, then subtract probably another 200 or so to various diseases, japanese beetles and aphids. The area around Scottsville is crawling with deer and we all know that deer will chomp on pretty much anything you put into the ground, so by harvest time you'd probably be looking at a little over 1,000 plants if the beetles and deer weren't too rough on them.

A decent harvest, to be sure. But nowhere even in the ballpark of $4.8 million dollars. If commercial pot growers actually made anything even remotely near that kind of money then none of them would do it for more than one season and they probably wouldn't get caught. Nobody with $4.8 million dollars in the bank needs to keep taking that risk of prosecution to make a living.

At the end of the day, domestic production of cannabis means less money in the pockets of foreign drug cartels that are often involved in terrorism in South America. Gary Peck was out there doing something to fight international terror, while every time that JADE siezes another crop they are driving up prices and putting more money in the hands of the foreign cartels. Let's have a big round of applause for Mr. Peck and ask for an apology from JADE for hurting America.

7/26/2006 11:03 AM  

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