Weed farmer blocks toilet after desperately trying to hide crop from police
A crook was busted trying to flush cannabis down a toilet only for police to find it blocked.
The green mess was left floating in a bathroom, by a man who knew all about growing cannabis but less so on its ability break up in water.
In a panicked state, the criminal attempted to destroy as much evidence as he could when Humberside Police arrived at the door of an illegal business.
Officers attended an address in East Riding on Sunday where they discovered a small cannabis grow in the property.
Unfortunately for the crook, some green stems and buds just refused to go down, HullLive reports.
Officers were then faced with the task of recovering the evidence from the bowl of the toilet after the culprit's cack-handed attempts to cover up their crimes.
Humberside Police said on Twitter: "Today [4 July] officers have discovered a small cannabis grow at an address on Bransholme."
They went on: "The culprit quickly learnt that cannabis plants don't flush away easily! He has now been reported for cannabis production."
The two main cannabis production offences are defined as:
- Production of a controlled drug; and,
- Being concerned in the production of a controlled drug
Production is defined as ‘manufacturing, cultivating or production by any other method’. For example, separating those parts of the cannabis plant which are not usable from those which are, is considered preparation and can amount to the offence of production.
The elements of the offence of being concerned in the production of a controlled drug are:
- A controlled drug was produced; and,
- There is a link between the suspect and production process (provision of equipment or suitable premises); and,
- The suspect knew that a controlled drug was being produced
Production is classified as a 'trafficking' offence. This allows for authorities to order a POCA (Proceeds of a Crime) hearing.
POCA provides the courts with scope to confiscate the proceeds of a crime where a defendant is shown to have benefited from their criminal conduct.
Often the police will charge a person suspected of growing cannabis with a production offence rather than a cultivation offence so that a proceeds of crime investigation can be initiated.
The severity of the penalty applied in relation to production offences will depend on the individual circumstances of the case. The prosecution consider the size of the operation, the individual’s role in said operation and certain mitigating factors.
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