Futility

Vancouver police say they stumbled on these ecstasy pills while investigating a report of a home invasion.  (Vancouver Police Department)Vancouver police say they stumbled on these ecstasy pills while investigating a report of a home invasion. (Vancouver Police Department)Re: Olympic rings ecstasy bust in Vancouver

Police answering a 911 call about a home invasion in East Vancouver Wednesday found no break-in suspects when they arrived but did find 107,000 ecstasy tablets, some imprinted with the Olympic rings.

The officers arrived to see the front door of the home kicked in and during a search for possible victims saw what appeared to be illicit drugs, Vancouver police Insp. Brad Desmarais said at a news conference Thursday.

“The officer saw large bags of multi-coloured pills in plain view, which the officer believed to be consistent with ecstasy,” Desmarais said.

Some of the tablets were stamped with peace signs and some with the Olympic rings.

Vancouver’s Olympic organizing committee has vigorously pursued unlicensed use of the Olympic rings symbol in the past and a spokesman said it was aware of the Vancouver police seizure.

“This illustrates that there are and will be unscrupulous uses of the Olympic marks,” said Bill Cooper, VANOC’s director of commercial rights management. “Like the Vancouver Police, we will continue to be diligent in our surveillance and rigorous followup.”

The article goes on to say this was one of the top 5 busts in Vancouver – ever. Think about that for a second. One of the biggest busts ever was basically an accident. Police stumbled upon these pills. A million dollars worth. Makes you wonder just how many houses in Vancouver, let alone Canada, have those kinds of quantities of illicit substances in them right now. I bet it is a lot more than anyone could imagine.

And I have to admit that the idea of VANOC being diligent about unauthorized use of the Olympic rings on MDMA makes me chuckle.

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  7. From the 70s on

    With several MILLION marijuana users in Canada, LET’S have a NEW War on Pot (i.e. Bill C-15). Our Police, they will win, they will arrest them all just like how its SOO successful in the USA (marijuana is the USA’s TOP CASH CROP, its even TOP CASH CROP in Washington State just below BC) …

    Its true, it is the definition of FUTILITY.

    And its also the definition of STATE REPRESSION.

    Why do we let them treat us like animals ?

    Political Police = Police State.

  8. Anonymous on

    Seems obvious to me that someone kicked the door in and dropped some dope…then called the po-po…classic set-up. Anyway ya look at it this has reasonable doubt written ALL over it.

  9. Dave on

    Kirk:
    How can we, in Canada, legally inform juries of their duty to nullify bad laws?

  10. Adam on

    was going to say that myself. the only thing that smells worse than a rat is a pig.

  11. Adam on

    “And I have to admit that the idea of VANOC being diligent about unauthorized use of the Olympic rings on MDMA makes me chuckle.”

    No, I like them for their statement. They aren’t making moralist statements, only addressing the issue to the capacity of which they are already involved. If you read between the lines you can almost imagine a tacit approval of drugs which don’t violate copyright law.

    When we the functional, drug-using people admit we are more concerned with drug policy than intellectual property, we may find ourselves in *the same boat.*

  12. Anonymous on

    This sounds very familiar. A guy on another Cannabis forum said a cop came to his door and said they got a 911 call from that apartment, which they didn’t. Then he said he smelled weed and the dumb guy let him look around the apartment and got busted for his small grow. So this is a ploy gaining in popularity. They could use that any time, couldn’t they? Even though you deny making the call they can say they have to check the place out to make sure you’re not a criminal holding somebody against their will. They can say they have to make sure you don’t have anyone tied up in that room with the big lock on it.

  13. Anonymous on

    While there is no way to prove this accusation, this would fit into the type of behavior that we have seen police doing. Falsifying statements to conduct illegal entries, warrant-less searches. The big problem is that no one seems to be actually doing anything about this. We all complain, some of us even take the time to write letters of complaint, or letters to our MP’s, newspapers and forums. But complaining does nothing.

  14. Anonymous on

    I would like you to think of something else noticeable;
    Why would someone kick a door in and enter but forget all the pills of Ecstasy sitting in large bags in plain view?

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    The officers arrived to see the front door of the home kicked in and during a search for possible victims saw what appeared to be illicit drugs, Vancouver police Insp. Brad Desmarais said at a news conference Thursday.

    “The officer saw large bags of multi-coloured pills in plain view, which the officer believed to be consistent with ecstasy,” Desmarais said.

    ************************************************************

    I mean come on, the door is kicked in and the bags are just sitting their.
    Why didn’t the person invading take the obvious bags of pills just sitting their?

    Truth:

    They received a tip and tried to figure a way in without a warrant.

    Answer:

    Simple, Someone else kicked the door in, it wasn’t us.
    It was like that when we got here.

    In reality they called 911 on themselves before arriving and kicking the door in themselves.

    Someone watched until everyone left and then put a plan into motion.

    Just an educated guess though.

  15. BC_Budman on

    Seems to me the 911 call would have come from their rivals to remove competition. The story doesn’t mention any arrests from this bust.