Monday, May 31, 2010

Texas-Sized "Whoops!"

  • Like the old song goes, one of these things is not like the other...

    However, remind a police officer in Corpus Christi, Texas of those famed Cookie Monster lyrics and they're likely to give you an annoyed look.

    That's because a recently discovered cache of plants, initially pegged by officials speaking to local news as "one of the largest marijuana plant seizures in the police department's history," turned out to be a relatively common prairie flower of little significance.

    Texas officers ultimately spent hours laboring to tag and remove up to 400 plants from a city park, discovering only after a battery of tests that they had been sweating over mere Horse Mint, a member of the mint family -- effectively turning their ambitious drug bust into mere yard work.

On the plus side, the park looked damn good after they were done,. And at least four "illegal immigrant" groundskeepers had to return home that day.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is the best O.T. Police history.

5/31/2010 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kinda makes you want to sprinkle some mint seeds in the flower blockades that adorn our lovely city.

5/31/2010 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Did TN of 017 transfer to Texas?

5/31/2010 06:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that was downright funny

5/31/2010 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This happened in 017 a few years back. A certain P.O. arrested someone for Unlawful Possession of....HAY! Bundles of it! This poor guy was on his way to set up a nativity scene.

5/31/2010 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fired my illegal gardener. Now my LEGAL cook wants a raise. Oye, Pedro! Que pas?

5/31/2010 01:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5/31/2010 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over 20 years ago I got a positive field test for heroin on a baggie of tan powder. Needles all over along with cotton balls, drug residue in bent spoons etc.

Mr & Mrs Junky sat at 26th St for 21 days.

Labs came back negative and they got cut free.

Turns out it was blueberry pancake mix, just like they said. Turned blue with the testing agent.

Oh well, three weeks inside for needles and dope works was Ok with me. No lawsuit, no CR, no beef whatsoever. Life was simpler then.

5/31/2010 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Cops Closet said...

Who trains these guys?!? Here in Utah (and California where I used to work) you almost pass your background check as a new hire if you say you have never smoked marijuana (they think you are not being truthful).

I wonder how much of the department budget was spent on this fiasco!

6/01/2010 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up Downstate (and moved to another state long ago). Any kid that lived anywhere near a farm would have laughed his ass off at anyone that called those plants marijuana. Even the small pictures show that the leaves are not compound.

It reminds me of the sheriff of the county I grew up in. He had deputies working all day on a hot summer day, gathering up plants and burning them in bonfires. He had the press out there, showing them the several-acre drug plantation he had destroyed. Late in the afternoon, someone finally had a bright idea and called the county extension agent, a personable older man with more brains than the whole sheriff's department. He came out and looked at the sample plants that they had saved for evidence, and at the remains of plants all over the drug plantation, and told them it was giant ragweed.

Giant ragweed (oldtimers call it horseweed) looks more like cannabis than the plants from Texas, but it is still a no-brainer to tell that giant ragweed is not cannabis.

The funniest part about the whole thing was the hayfever sufferers calling the sheriff's office and thanking him for his dedication to their well-being.

6/01/2010 09:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a story about the kids from Chicago who had heard that marijuana had three leaves, and went looking for it on some kind of trip outside the city. I'm sure any outdoorsmen know what happened next. The kids were lucky; someone stopped them from smoking poison ivy.

6/01/2010 05:08:00 PM  

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