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Va. company gets unexpected $2M marijuana delivery

Workers at a Virginia company that manufactures blades and cutting tools were surprised to receive a shipment of 1,840 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $2 million.

The Augusta County Sheriff's office said deputies found 80 boxes, each containing 23 pounds of marijuana, inside a tractor trailer making a delivery Tuesday to American Safety Razor in Verona, north of Staunton.

Employees became suspicious when the bar codes on the boxes didn't match the equipment orders.

Lt. Glenn Hanger says deputies don't believe anyone at American Safety was the intended recipient.

He said the marijuana probably originated in Mexico, then traveled to the company's plant in Knoxville, Tenn., where it was probably swapped with the legitimate equipment.

No arrests have been made.


By Washington Post Editors  |  March 18, 2010; 7:57 AM ET
Categories:  Narcotics , Offbeat , Virginia  
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Free Bernard Madoff!

Posted by: blasmaic | March 18, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

7,000 people were murdered by the Mexican drug cartels last year because we in the US kept marijuana illegal, many of the victims were children, police officers and politicians. This year the cartels are on track to kill at least 9,000 more.

Sixty percent of cartel money comes from selling marijuana in the US. Since the prohibition can't stop people smoking we must end it and allow reputable US businesses to undercut the cartels and end their financial ability and incentive to commit these murders. After seventy years of ineffective prohibition we can no longer justify keeping marijuana illegal.

Posted by: jway86 | March 18, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

That's an insane amount of marijuana. the criminal infrastructure thats has grown up around the drug trade has obviously become unbeatable and threatens our country and the world. it's time to let adults be adults and treat the drug problem as a health issue. legalise it, tax it, use the tax revenue for education and rehab centers. its time to stop funding criminals and terrorists with drug money and instead legalise and fund social programs with it.

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 18, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"legalise it, tax it, use the tax revenue for education and rehab centers"

Although I totally agree with you, the guns, gays, god, and family values crowd would never allow that to happen.

I can't imagine any politician in other than in the most progressive and open minded parts of the country who would publicly support legalization of marijuana.

Lastly, while the guns, gays, god, and family values crowd would never agree to legalization of marijuana, they would however, allow you to own as many guns as you want and to bring them anywhere you want.

Posted by: montana123 | March 18, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

So sad, is it 4:20 yet?

Posted by: DCFanatic | March 18, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

So sad, is it 4:20 yet?

Posted by: DCFanatic | March 18, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

In this day and age I would have kept a couple boxes and started selling pot to make extra money. Its the only way to make good money now a days. The pay cuts are a joke, but this would have beeen a good boost in my income...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | March 18, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

listen, this is CRAZY!! a pound of mexican ditch weed has a "street value" of WHAT?!?!

Every new headline has million dollar claims that the police place on a busted crop. Does anyone else notice or question how they justify placing the same dollar value on a 3 inch plant as they do on a pound of finished buds?!

And the price they ascribe to a pound is so far out of line with reality that their falsehood in itself is a "crime."

Based on police distortion, every "pound" is broken down for publicity and political purposes to the lowest possible amounts that might be sold. For example, a high school kid saves her lunch money and buys a small match box for $10 ... well, by police standards, that makes it a $3,000 pound!!!

Wait...let's do better than that, they say: how many toothpick joints can be rolled out of 16 oz. of pot??

No body knows so let's just make up something: 1,000. Ya, that's good ... the politicians will love that. And we'll say each one would sell to a middle school kid for $5. OK, great ... so a seedling, one inch tall, has a "street value" of five thousand dollars!! (THIS is actually how they do it, folks!!)

So...if Granny Good has a single plant growing on her back pouch in an effort to relief her knee pain, and the cops are called in by the gas company, she is arrested and charged with harboring "$5,000 worth of pot." This way cops get a much desired headline and the poor woman gets a felony conviction. What a deal! No, she doesn't go to jail; but it costs her what little savings she has and drives her into an early grave.

But she "deserves it," right? I mean, she "broke the law."

What all you deluded squares don't get is that this woman never grew before and doesn't have a clue how to do it. She got this one little seed from a half smoked joint her dumb ass grand son left by accident and just stuck it in a pot, put it in the sun and watered it.

She doesn't know or care that the plant is a MALE and thus has virtually NO THC, so it will not get her high, just give her a headache! Plus she doesn't know how to flower it, which takes skills she lacks. But this one poor little plant, a true product of Nature, must contain some inherent magical qualities.

Although it has not and cannot grow to the point it produces the ability to relieve her pain, it is "WORTH" more than the price of pure gold!

IT MAKES ME WANT TO VOMIT! Not because I want the world to get high (I don't even smoke anymore) but based on the total dishonesty and deception it represents. Never have I seen even one reporter or news editor question how these mythical "values" are contrived.

Obscene --- our "system of justice" is obscene. Why are they so inherently dishonest? I think because the political landscape is an abomination and the media is simply asleep at the wheel. So ... call your doctor/pusher and pop a few more high dollar prescription drugs ... that will take care of everything.

Posted by: Disgusted123 | March 18, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use is essentially an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most normal thinking people in the direction of sensible regulation. By its very nature prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business model - the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left in the hands of unregulated, anonymous, ruthless drug dealers, who are interested only in the huge profits involved.

Many of us have now finally wised up to the fact that the best avenue towards realistically dealing with drug use and addiction is through proper regulation, which is what we already do with alcohol & tobacco --two of our most dangerous mood altering substances. But for those of you whose ignorant minds traverse a fantasy plane of existence, you will no doubt remain sorely upset with any type of solution that does not seem to lead to the absurd and unattainable utopia of a drug free society. There is an irrefutable connection between drug prohibition and the crime, corruption, disease and death it causes. If you are not capable of understanding this connection, then maybe you're using something far stronger than the rest of us. Anybody 'halfway bright' and who's not psychologically challenged, should be capable of understanding, that it is not simply the demand for drugs that creates the mayhem; it is our refusal to allow legal businesses meet that demand. No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safer; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?

If you still support prohibition then prepare yourself for even more death, corruption, terrorism, sickness, imprisonment, unemployment, foreclosed homes, and the complete loss of the rule of law and the Bill of Rights.

The only thing prohibition successfully does is prohibit regulation & taxation!

Posted by: malcolmkyle | March 20, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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