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Drugs hidden in building materials, say OPP (3 photos)

Monday, May 26, 2014   by: Kenneth Armstrong

For the second time in a week, Ontario Provincial Police officers have made a significant bust of marijuana being driven through Sault Ste. Marie.

The driver of a van was pulled over on Great Northern Road at Fourth Line on May 21 as a result of a driving complaint, said OPP Constable Monique Baker.

Police discovered the marijuana during the traffic stop and arrested the driver.

"The estimated value of the seized 100-pounds of cannabis is around $679,000 street value," said Baker.

Baker adds within the last week the Sault Ste. Marie detachment has seized aproximately $1.2-million worth of illegal drugs.

The marijuana was hidden withing a stack of styrofoam sheets, which were hollowed out to hold the sealed bags, said Baker.

A full sheet was then placed on top as a lid, obscuring the marijuana.

Devon Robinson of Cambridge, Ontario was released on bail and will appear in Provincial Court in Sault Ste. Marie on June 16, 2014.

Watch video of today's OPP press conference at LOCAL2.ca

(PHOTO: OPP Constable Monique Baker demonstrates how 100-pounds of marijuana was hidden within building materials. SooToday.com/Kenneth Armstrong)

Previous SooToday.com coverage:

What does $600,000 worth of weed look like, anyway? (5 photos)

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Alystr 5/26/2014 1:24:53 PM Report

Wow that is a lot of weeeed. Sault is going to go dry if they keep busting all these peeps.
willoweep 5/26/2014 1:45:00 PM Report

Waiting for the "WHAT ?? no way it's worth THAT much ,Cops double value to make themselves look good!"

Does it matter???, only to pot users and cop haters.

I don't have a big problem with People smoking pot,or growing a few plants for personal use (yeah I know it's illegal) but it pales compared to many illegal activities
such as armed robberies , home invasions ,Rape ,etc

These dealers big time dealers I have no sympathy for .

By the way ,WAY TO GO OPP!!! .
darlinka 5/26/2014 1:51:08 PM Report

all government profit, when resold for medical purposes!

Powerwise 5/26/2014 1:55:39 PM Report

they better milk the citizens they'll be back to serving when cannabis is legalized for every single penny they can now before they have to deal with actual criminals. asset forfeiture is the name of the game, davies!
Powerwise 5/26/2014 1:57:12 PM Report

ofc nothing will change, as usual, this and the other bust collectively aren't 1/10th enough to make a difference with local supply and demand
IgnorantNortherner 5/26/2014 2:11:25 PM Report

willoweep, whether you believe marijuana should be legal or not one would hope that you expect honesty from those who protect and serve, regardless of how small the lie and it's sad you do not.

It's propaganda, simple as that and it's unnecessary.
TFinn 5/26/2014 2:31:22 PM Report

lol .... sandwiched in between Styrofoam ....lmao ... that whole bundle of styrofoam only weighs about 20/25 lbs not 100+lbs... kind of a giveaway when someone (cop) attempts to move it and it's heavy for just being styrofoam...oooops red flags ... cops aren't dumb ..!


.....it's good that criminals ARE dumb as stumps..!
bounder 5/26/2014 2:39:17 PM Report

You're observing last ditch efforts of a law that should have been repealed ages ago.
Malarkey 5/26/2014 2:55:16 PM Report

What never ceases to amaze me is how stupid these criminals are. One would think if you are transporting illegal contraband you would do your best not to draw attention to you/your vehicle.

And whether or not you believe pot should be legal, as of now it is NOT. I'm actually very surprised he got released..it isn't that long ago when that amount of pot would have had you sitting in jail until trial.
iamtc 5/26/2014 2:59:55 PM Report

It looks like the opp are doing a better job then the Sault police.
MaximusPrime 5/26/2014 3:13:48 PM Report

When people say “how stupid criminals must be” what they forget is that the police are the only ones who have a public venue to advertise and perhaps brag about their achievements. If the same venue existed for the black market it would have daily reports citing their huge daily profits and massive successes in the shipment of illegal goods/substances. I think it would be reasonable to assume that the vast majority is shipped/sold without issue.

It is long past time our government accept this war is lost. The war on drugs is and always has been a colossal failure.
CindyTee 5/26/2014 3:25:13 PM Report

Beautiful! I disagree that it is a waste of time to make busts like these... In my opinion, every single gram off the streets is a job well done!

I only wish the punishment for criminals like this wasn't just a slap on the wrist - or weekends in jail enjoying free TV and meals... then maybe some of them would stop offending!

Good Job OPP!
asp 5/26/2014 3:26:01 PM Report

Why was he released on bail ??? There it goes again, stupid decisions of our court system.
MaximusPrime 5/26/2014 3:30:58 PM Report

I believe a simple understanding of supply and demand (economics) would enlighten many. Where there is a demand, supply will be met. That principle will and always does hold true regardless of how much effort is focused onto the supply side of the equation.
IgnorantNortherner 5/26/2014 3:32:17 PM Report

@MP, colossal failure for the people, sure, but a huge win for government and crony capitalism (which, afterall, is the nature of government), managing a near monopoly on some drugs for several decades running.

I wonder where all that (100s of billions of) drug money goes, I mean, there's still a lot left after you pay off all the growers, transporters, cartels, etc.

@Cindy, and what do you suppose the punishment should be for growing a plant? Or transporting 100lbs of one w intent, in this case?

Maybe if we educated everyone as to how dangerous the plant is and how many people it kills every year then...oh...wait...

Dixiepup 5/26/2014 3:44:16 PM Report

Hmmm, two major busts in a few days? Methinks they have a good informant.
Powerwise 5/26/2014 3:46:18 PM Report

either that or illegal warrantless wiretap information is being offered down
Powerwise 5/26/2014 3:46:59 PM Report

(which for democracy, is FAR more dangerous than some potheads tying up the Mrs. B's phoneline)
MissKika 5/26/2014 4:38:30 PM Report

Another job well done!

I am so entertained by the conspiracy theorizing pot heads on this (and most other) comment section.
MYPOINT 5/26/2014 4:58:55 PM Report

CONGRATS TO THE O P P

I find it very humorous when some of these criminals who are simply dumber than stumps actually try to get away with doing illegal acts hahahaha.

Why is it that those who complain about the police doing their jobs are also the first ones who will complain when the police are not doing their jobs?

If a law is on the books, the police must enforce it to the best of their ability - simple as that! To say that the police should only enforce those laws which 'you or I ' believe are legal is to ask that we turn this Country into a dictatorship that is even worse that the sort-of dictatorship that we currently enjoy.

Therefore, let us allow the police to do their jobs without being hassled because they somehow got their math screwed up and said that some illegal product that they confiscated was worth 10 X the actual true value of same. ( I am not saying this is the case, I am merely using an example here ). Personally I do not give a rat's @ss if the amount they confiscated is worth $1 or a Million dollars ... what I care about is the fact that they did their job and they caught these dumbells :)

As always, others will think differently :)
IgnorantNortherner 5/26/2014 5:53:26 PM Report

MYPOINT, I think a lot of the contradiction stems from people having different opinions as to what, exactly, their job is. Many would say it is enforcing every law on the books and generating a ton of revenue in doing so, as you do.

I've always believed police exist primarily to keep the peace and reduce violent crime. With this in mind you might see how I disagree with much of their day to day activities...

...and it is so tiring when people use 'they're just doing their jobs!!" as a defence of everything the police do. I hate proving Godwin's law but much of the murdering the Nazis carried out was entirely lawful so by this line of reasoning they must have done nothing wrong.

"He's just doing his job"
"They were just following orders"
"It's the law"

None of these are valid arguments. To condone something because it is LAW or bc it is someone's job and not because it is inherently right or wrong is a logical fallacy because humans (and their laws) are not infallible.
Powerwise 5/26/2014 6:02:27 PM Report

if a law were hypothetically strongarmed into existence which called for the systemic eradication of an entire race of people, would you give the cops a pass on genocide because whatever they're just doing their job?

"legal" does not necessarily mean "right", "illegal" does not necessarily mean "wrong", and choosing to defend or uphold one's moral principles over any demonstrably unethical law is the prerogative of a good, progressively minded citizen.

the continued and uncontested enforcement of such unethical laws are characteristics of, to borrow your phrasing, dictatorship.

there's a reason why every time these stories crop up, the village voice is laughing at police inability to peg street value or sighing "come on already, just legalize and tax it." and it's not because there's some 420 Emergency Weed Response Team waiting to swoop in and defend cannabis every time a story hits sootoday.

it's because the times, they are a-changin', and not unlike prohibition-era jury nullifications, people realize in droves what an absolutely pathetic farce is being flaunted as effective use of tax dollars, effective crime fighting, effective anything at all.

ofc, the mental picture you paint is tinted by the laughably small-minded disney viewfinder of law enforcement rhetoric: criminals are all dumb.

but maybe they weren't dumb. maybe they were driving to the letter of the law and basically conducting themselves privately. maybe they were caught due to a gross civil rights' violation wherein police with illegal warrantless wiretapping information trampled all over random civilians to get their latest puny bust.

and maybe your little dudley do-right versus boris & natasha worldview responds with "good!! who cares!!! lock the scumbag up, the ends justify the means!!", but for those of us who actually value civil liberties, we're not interested in the individual or the particular crime, we're interested in what this means for everybody else.

we're interested in the big picture: why this target and not that target? is a police organization paid to protect one criminal organization's interests and apply illegal data to pressure competition out? could there be any political advantage, even municipally? when your police service is largely a black box, unaccountable to camera footage (not even in their cars! they're giving them tasers before dashcams! good lord. give them mandatory body-cameras first, thanks), nothing is too conspiratorial.

"we called the psychic hotline, miss cleo said the 1989 GMC was holding 200 pounds" isn't a good enough excuse to search vehicles; the black boot of fascism is not that far off.
Powerwise 5/26/2014 6:04:51 PM Report

^^ the dashcam info applies only to the Sault police, not sure about the OPP situation.
IgnorantNortherner 5/26/2014 6:12:25 PM Report

Epic response, Powerwise.

Also probably the first time anyone has mentioned jury nullification on sootoday. Actually, I don't know anyone in town that knows what that is, sadly.

Thanks for restoring my faith in humanity.

lol miss cleo
Powerwise 5/26/2014 6:18:51 PM Report

<3
bradl 5/26/2014 7:39:59 PM Report

dixiepup

I agree, there is no way these are just random traffic stops.
Powerwise 5/26/2014 9:49:58 PM Report

come on folks, we need some angry drunk to start shitposting in caps about "WHO CARES THEY GOT WEIGHT BAD GUYS WENT DOWN GOOD DAY!!! GOOD JOB! IF YOU DISAGREE YOU ARE A HEROIN ADDICT" or it just ain't a sootoday weed bust story
Koolaid 5/26/2014 10:33:24 PM Report

The first guy who got caught Ratted on the second guy who got caught.
Powerwise 5/26/2014 11:12:59 PM Report

and then the three little piggies went weed ~weed ~weed~~ all the way home.
guestwho 5/27/2014 12:37:21 AM Report

what construction did he smoke for?
guestwho 5/27/2014 12:38:31 AM Report

what construction co. did he smoke for?
OPP BLOCK ORG 5/27/2014 3:37:45 AM Report

Abundance of the comments in reference to the news about drug busts makes me always wonder about people's interests and priorities. www.oppblock.org
Me Myself an I 5/27/2014 7:28:47 AM Report

This was not the result of some small time guy growing a few plants for his own use.

This much weed is the result of a big time operation that would be willing to kill people in order to stay in business. So before you say the cops are wasting time and tax payers $$$ think about that
burnell 5/27/2014 7:38:20 AM Report

he probably got realeased because he was the son of some uppy up. like every thing else here in the zoo. if your inportant they will drive your car home
highway1 5/27/2014 7:53:47 AM Report

They probably wouldn't get busted if they weren't stoned.
On pot.
MYPOINT 5/27/2014 9:40:49 AM Report

@powerwise

YOU posted ... " if a law were hypothetically strongarmed into existence which called for the systematic eradication of an entire race of people, would you give the cops a pass on genocide because whatever they're just doing their job?"

MY response is ... first of all, who says this law was strong-armed into existence and secondly, this was a drug bust and NOT the systemic eradication of an entire race of people by any stretch of the imagination.

YOU posted ... "legal" does not necessarily mean "right", "illegal" does not necessarily mean "wrong", and choosing to defend or uphold one's moral principles over any demonstrably unethical law is the prerogative of a good, progressively minded citizen. The continued and uncontested enforcement of such unethical laws are characteristics of, to borrow your phrasing, dictatorship.

MY response is ... Are you actually stating that you would support any kind of effort at over-throwing a legally elected government which was voted in by the people just because YOU disagreed with some law they might have enacted? It does not matter whether you agree or disagree with any particular law, until it is changed ( legally ), it is still the law my friend.

YOU posted ... "there's a reason why every time these stories crop up, the village voice is laughing at police inability to peg street value or sighing "come on already, just legalize and tax it." and it's not because there's some 420 Emergency Weed Response Team waiting to swoop in and defend cannabis every time a story hits sootoday. It's because the times, they are a-changin', and not unlike prohibition-era jury nullifications, people realize in droves what an absolutely pathetic farce is being flaunted as effective use of tax dollars, effective crime fighting, effective anything at all.

MY response is ... I believe that it IS effective use of tax dollars to catch criminals and if that means catching those who wish to distribute weed for profit( which at the moment is still an illegal act ) then so be it.

YOU posted ... ofc, the mental picture you paint is tinted by the laughably small-minded disney viewfinder of law enforcement rhetoric: criminals are all dumb. But maybe they weren't dumb. maybe they were driving to the letter of the law and basically conducting themselves privately. maybe they were caught due to a gross civil rights' violation wherein police with illegal warrantless wiretapping information trampled all over random civilians to get their latest puny bust. and maybe your little dudley do-right versus boris & natasha worldview responds with "good!! who cares!!! lock the scumbag up, the ends justify the means!!", but for those of us who actually value civil liberties, we're not interested in the individual or the particular crime, we're interested in what this means for everybody else. we're interested in the big picture: why this target and not that target? is a police organization paid to protect one criminal organization's interests and apply illegal data to pressure competition out? could there be any political advantage, even municipally? when your police service is largely a black box, unaccountable to camera footage (not even in their cars! they're giving them tasers before dashcams! good lord. give them mandatory body-cameras first, thanks), nothing is too conspiratorial.
"we called the psychic hotline, miss cleo said the 1989 GMC was holding 200 pounds" isn't a good enough excuse to search vehicles; the black boot of fascism is not that far off.

MY response is ... WOW you seem to have come up with a LOT of assumptions. Who says they were driving at or even over the legal limit? Do we know that for certain? Who said that there was any wire tapping etc . etc. done prior to this bust? Do we know for certain that this was the case? When YOU posted "but for those of us who actually value civil liberties, we're not interested in the individual or the particular crime, we're interested in what this means for everybody else" , I am assuming that you are agreeing that the law applies to ALL of us, not just to those who agree to obey the law .. or am I incorrect with my assumption?

As you can clearly see, we do agree on certain things but the underlying thing that we totally agree upon is that the law applies to ALL of us. To me, this means that much of YOUR post is totally irrelevant but I do appreciate your feedback my friend.

As always, this is just my opinion :)
lucky10 5/27/2014 10:48:14 AM Report

Ha Ha 17 sheets and they put it at the top .. Lazy too .. put it at the bottem and make them move it all to find it ...would a cop take the time to move all the sheets , coffee , donut and ticket book is all that their armes are conditioned for ..
TFinn 5/27/2014 12:45:26 PM Report


IgnorantNortherner

Nazis ..you didn’t bring this into the same equation as our police and what they do ??? ..lol
First of all …they Nazi’s / German’s were brainwashed and threatened along with all their family members if they didn’t do exactly what their sick, monster, syphilis ridden, insane leader said, then they too would be exterminated ….and Hitler had just enough following dummies to terrorise his other people into following what he demanded.

FYI ..they didn't want to..!
Brendo 5/28/2014 1:19:44 PM Report

Hold on a tick.. They pulled over a van because of a "complaint", but how does that give them cause to search inside the vehicle? Any law experts here? It's not like a bag of weed was waving at passing cars from the window like a kidnapped child... something ain't right here..
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