In all the wrong places

Growing pot is like an advanced game of hide and seek with real life consequences. Last May, police in Kingston, Ontario, found 200 plants growing in an abandoned Alcan factory in Ontario, reminiscent of the much larger bust of a similar operation in an abandoned Molson Brewery earlier in the year.
Another good place to hide pot is on deserted farms ? as long as you’re careful with the wiring. Last May, when a blaze broke out in an abandoned farm south of Edmonton, Alberta, firefighters discovered a perfectly disguised grow. But by the time cops arrived, someone had already cleaned out all of the pot plants and concealed them at another location. Police still have no idea where the plants were taken by the quick-thinking growers.

Overzealousness should be illegal too, because it seems to make cops hallucinate big piles of drugs where there aren’t any. In Roanoke, Virginia, DEA narks busted what they thought was a methamphetamine laboratory disguised as a small factory. It turned out to be a real factory, dedicated to the production of a health drink called “Fluid of Life.”

Had Fluid of Life owners really been making meth, they could have gone right back to work in a Pikeville, Tennessee, county jail, where a fully-functioning meth lab was recently discovered in an inmate’s cell.

Then there are the folks who couldn’t hide their stash if they wanted to. Last March in Indianapolis, a man was busted after being pulled over in his pickup truck because his license plate was blocked. The state trooper soon discovered the source of the obstruction: 900 pounds of marijuana!

Last April in Tennessee, cops came to the door of another man to harass him for a misdemeanor suspended license charge. The fellow began dressing, but then anxiously stopped and tried to switch pants. He had forgotten that the first pair was stuffed with marijuana and crack! Cops noticed his unusual behavior, searched his pants, and busted him.