Friday, September 7, 2007

DRUGHYPE: A Question of Priorities

What's a bigger danger to public safety in your neighborhood - teenagers selling large amounts of marijuana, or armed robbers? In Santa Cruz, California, law enforcement's attention is more on the latter. Perhaps you don't agree with their stance, but this is Santa Cruz after all. If you've ever been there you'll understand.

The best part is that the dope dealer called the cops to report that his stash was taken off of him, admitted that he was selling it, and he still didn't get arrested. The AP story is below.

Dealer Calls Cops After Pot Stash Stolen
(Copyright AP, 2007-09-07)

A marijuana dealer telephoned police after armed thieves stole his quarter-pound stash of pot. The 19-year-old Felton man told police that two men, one of them armed with a handgun, robbed him at gunpoint as he sat in his car on Tuesday night.

"It was unique to have people who were dealing drugs calling us when they've been ripped off," police spokesman Zach Friend said.

After the thieves made off with his stash, the dealer telephoned police. When police arrived, the dealer's story became progressively confused.

First he showed officers a medical marijuana card and told them he bought the pot at a medical marijuana dispensary. Then he said he got the pot from a friend. Eventually the dealer admitted he had arranged to sell the marijuana to the men who stole it from him, investigators said.

The Felton dealer wasn't arrested.

"From our standpoint, it's more important to address the fact there are individuals out there who are willing to use a weapon to commit robberies," Friend said.

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