Entries in Pot (3)


Italian Police Find Pot Farm in Abandoned Rome Subway

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Italian police said they have discovered $3.7 million-worth of marijuana in a sprawling, sophisticated pot farm hidden deep in an abandoned, Mussolini-era section of Rome’s subway system.

Authorities said they stumbled onto the find after police on regular patrol in the area noticed the scent of marijuana wafting from a section of the subway tunnels that reportedly were abandoned during the Second World War.

Officers followed their noses through what turned out to be a hidden door in a brick wall Saturday and found a large, highly sophisticated pot growing operation with hundreds of plants lined down the tunnels, precise scales on work desks and a fully functional lighting system, according to a statement and video posted online Monday by Italy’s Guardia di Finanza. Police also discovered several trash bags full of what appeared to be marijuana plants as well as bags of smoke-ready pot.

In all, the Italian police said they confiscated approximately 750 pounds of narcotics, worth an estimated $3.7 million on the street. The alleged owner of the farm, who was not identified, was taken into custody, the Guardia di Finanza statement said.

“It was a very organized group, which had invested significantly,” Col. Stefano Corsi told The New York Times. ”It was a regular business. It was a very sophisticated operation.”

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US Judo Fighter Expelled After Testing Positive for Marijuana

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- American judo fighter Nicholas Delpopolo was expelled from the Olympics today for failing a drug test, which he said was caused by mistakenly eating something that had been baked with pot.

"My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana before I left for the Olympic Games," Delpopolo, 23, said in a statement released by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Delpopolo's expulsion from the games came after he placed seventh in the 73-kilogram judo event on July 30. Immediately after competing, Delpopolo, who is from New Jersey, provided a urine sample that tested positive for a chemical found in marijuana. Delpopolo is the first of the 10,500 athletes in London to fail an in-competition drug test.

The International Olympic Committee disqualified Delpopolo from the event and ordered that his diploma be reallocated to the fighters who placed beneath him.

"I apologize to U.S. Olympic Committee, to my teammates, and to my fans, and I am embarrassed by this mistake," Delpopolo said in a statement. "I look forward to representing my country in the future, and will rededicate myself to being the best judo athlete that I can be."

The U.S. Olympic Committee released a statement supporting Delpopolo's disqualification.

"[The USOC] absolutely committed to clean competition and stringent anti-doping penalties," spokesman Patrick Sandusky said. "Any positive test, for any banned substance, comes with the appropriate consequences and we absolutely support the disqualification."

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Mexican Drug Smugglers Tunnel Into Arizona Parking Spaces

Smugglers in Mexico have tunneled their way under metered parking spaces in the border town of Nogales, Arizona. ABC News(NOGALES, Ariz.) -- Drug smugglers are endlessly creative when it comes to inventing ways to move marijuana, cocaine and other contraband from Mexico into the United States.

In the latest innovation uncovered by law enforcement, smugglers in the border town of Nogales, Ariz., were bringing drugs into the U.S. for the cost of a quarter.

The parking meters on International Street, which hugs the border fence in Nogales, cost 25 cents. Smugglers in Mexico tunneled under the fence and under the metered parking spaces, and then carefully cut neat rectangles out of the pavement. Their confederates on the U.S. side would park false-bottomed vehicles in the spaces above the holes, feed the meters, and then wait while the underground smugglers stuffed their cars full of drugs from below.

When the exchange was finished, the smugglers would use jacks to put the pavement "plugs" back into place. The car would drive away, and only those observers who were looking closely would notice the seams in the street.

In all, U.S. Border Patrol agents found 16 tunnels leading to the 18 metered parking spaces on International Street. The pavement is now riddled with neat, symmetrical patches.

"It's unbelievable," Nogales mayor Arturo Garino told Tucson, Ariz., ABC affiliate KGUN. "Those are the strides these people take to get the drugs across the border."

Past methods of smuggling have included catapults that launch bales of drugs across the border fence. "The [smugglers] have tried everything," said Garino, "and this is one of the most ingenious [methods] of them all.

The city, advised by Homeland Security, has agreed to remove the parking meters. Nogales stands to lose $8,500 annually in parking revenue, plus the cost of citations.

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