Police in Alberta Canada announced a major drug bust in ripping up 1,600 marijuana plants from the back yard of Ryan Thomas Rockman. It was the work of the Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), which has dropped the charge of producing a controlled substance after they found that they had pulled up the man’s
Rockman has been growing that fall-blooming perennial for a decade. The police however are still going to charge Rockman, 41, with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance (697 grams of dried marijuana and 6.3 grams of cannabis resin), and possession of proceeds of crime relating to cash found during the investigation. He is also charged with production of a controlled substance with respect to the resin.
What is interesting is that they decided to pull all of the plants in order to test them. Presumably, Rockman can now sue the police for the unnecessary damage. However, the police could argue that, given the other drugs found, this was not excessive or unreasonable. What do you think?
Source: The Star