Alberta, Canada Police Bust 1,600 Daisy Plants Mistaken For Marijuana
The best part is the police won’t admit their “whoops-a-daisy.” Seriously, look at those plants pictured – Were the police high? Was the stick up their ass in high school or college really so far up there they never came across the devil’s weed? On July 30, Alberta’s Law Enforcement Response Team thought they had made a big find: a drug bust of more than 1,600 marijuana plants. They held the trashbags proudly in front of media, celebrating the historic moment. The suspected plants were ripped out of a yard in Lethbridge, Alta this summer, in what was at the time largest drug bust in Lethbridge history. But, the plants in questions have been confirmed to be not marijuana but, instead, daisies. Quickly, the historic moment became quite historic for another reason: stupidity.
“It made me look like a villain and it made them look silly,” the homeowner Ryan Thomas Rockman told the Lethbridge Herald, who maintained all along that the 1,624 suspected marijuana plants were really Montauk daisies. Inspector Dan Konowalchuk, head of the combines forces special regional enforcement units, defended the actions of the police force stubbornly, for police can do no wrong, even when they’re patently wrong.
“I don’t think there is anything at this point for the guys to apologize for. They acted on what they believed to be the best information they had at the time,” Konowalchuk said on Thursday. “First of all, we don’t know for sure they’re daisies,” he said, even though an effort was made to identify the plant species through experts.
Coming Next to a town near you: Police not having anything to apologize for after shootings, because they didn’t know the victim would be injured. “I couldn’t guarantee that I would hit the suspect upon firing, Your Honor.”
Although the raid took place July 30, the test results only came back this week (guess nobody wanted to volunteer to smoke the daisy?) and proved the plants were not marijuana. I am sure the lab-workers were both disappointed and amused as they began unpacking the evidence bags, looking around at each other in the laboratory bewildered, smirking. “The guys believed they were dealing with a sub-strain of marijuana,” Konowalchuk said. “There are some similarities to the (marijuana) plant when you look directly at the plant. But are they identical? No, they’re not.” Not by a long shot. “(Even so) the guys thought they we dealing with a large grow operation and they responded accordingly.” We are sure they were very excited and proud of themselves until the test results came back negative.
Originally, the Lethbridge police arrived at Rockman’s home to check on a relative who under a court-imposed curfew. Although the relative wasn’t there, they discovered Rockman had been smoking marijuana and called in the ALERT team to search the property. But, rest assured, there was at least some stuff to convict Rockman of. He is facing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the controlled substance, and possess of proceeds of crime relating in the form of cash found at the home. Apparently he was toking up when the police arrived. How’s that for bad luck? Surely, it was a trippy experience – high on marijuana – watching his neighborhood police department confiscate his annual daisy garden.
His court date is set for Friday.