A CAT led cops to a man’s £10,000 drugs stash at his home in Duntocher.

A CAT led cops to a man’s £10,000 drugs stash at his home in Duntocher.

The pet moggy was sitting on a window sill when it noticed police standing outside, a court was told.

And when the spooked animal jumped down from the window, its tail flicked open a gap in the curtains – through which police saw a tent with cannabis plants being grown inside.


Peter Cassiday appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court for sentencing after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to growing the class B drug at his then home in Carleith Avenue on June 26, last year.

Describing the events which led to Cassiday’s arrest, fiscal depute Sarah Healing said: “At around 10.10pm, police attended outside the locus in relation to a separate matter.

“They were carrying out checks to the exterior of the building when they noticed a cat on an interior window sill.


“As police walked past, the cat became alarmed and jumped off the window sill. As it did so it flicked open the curtains to reveal a tent, in which it looked to police as if cannabis plants were growing.”

The officers obtained a search warrant for the property and returned at 11.45pm, when Cassiday let them in and when they recovered 17 plants along with associated growing equipment.

The officers then arrested 46-year-old Cassiday and took him to Clydebank police office for an interview.


Ms Healing said: “Each plant had the potential to grow between one and three ounces of cannabis, giving a value of between £200 and £600 per plant and a potential total range of value between £3400 and £10,200.”

Cassiday’s solicitor told the court the drug had been for his client’s own personal use.


The lawyer said a background social work assessed Cassiday as presenting “no risk” to the community, and said Cassiday had not used any illicit drug since the offence came to light.


“He understands the seriousness of this matter and how it may conclude,” the solicitor told Sheriff John Hamilton.

“A custodial sentence will be in your Lordship’s mind, but there is an alternative available which my client is keen to conform to.”

Sheriff Hamilton told Cassiday: “This was a serious and deliberate attempt to cultivate an illicit drug which had potentially an extremely high value for you and may well have entered the public domain.

“However I’m prepared to impose a community payback order as a direct alternative to custody.”

Cassiday, now living at Brunswick House in Mountblow, was told to do 300 hours of unpaid work in nine months. He was also placed under social workers’ supervision until March 2019


Evening Times the source.


Cannabis: Time for a Change? | BBC

Have you seen this:



Not sure what to think of it. 


Skunk is apparently a man-made concoction that’s sending kids mad and driving them to suicide. And Louisa (28m:22s) is a drug worker from London. She told her son “I would prefer you to take heroin than to smoke skunk.” 


That seems a bit, wrong. 


Actually, I think the documentary is poorly researched and biased against cannabis. 

War on Europe’s biggest weed producer

People often wonder WHY bud’s not legal in the UK. This was first Published on 8 Aug 2014 by Channel 4 News, done by Paraic O’Brien who took a tour of a remote Albanian village which was Europe’s biggest weed producer – and a bit of a wild west until a recent police crackdown and I do realise that it is a bit old (like me) however this is inside the Albanian village that makes Europe’s weed and before they could join in with all the fun in the EU, they first had to get rid of all this on the orders of the EU fat controllers;




alfie to get his meds?



A seriously-ill six-year-old boy from Kenilworth is a step closer to being given the go-ahead to use cannabis oil to treat his rare form of epilepsy, according to his mother.

Hannah Deacon said government ministers had accepted they were acting on compassionate grounds in trying to obtain a special licence for her son Alfie to use the illegal medicine.

It comes after Hannah and her husband Drew met with Prime Minister Theresa May and other ministers on Tuesday to plead for the right to use the medicine, banned in the UK, to reduce the number of life threatening seizures her son suffers.

They handed over a 380,000-strong petition to Downing Street.

“We had a positive meeting, they accept the compassionate issuing of a licence for Alfie,” Hannah said.

“Now we need our medical professionals to write the prescription.”

Hannah said they had high hopes that would see the government expedite a licence, though as it is a legal process they cannot be given guarantees in advance.

She told the Telegraph: “Before they were saying we would have to do a three month trial first.

“That would be very difficult.

“They accepted our plea we were doing this on compassionate grounds and once the application comes in they will expedite it as quickly as possible.

“They can’t say it will be a yes as it has to go through a legal process but they are being very positive.”

Hannah said the government needed to accept their doctor was “credible” .

The family is now in discussion with doctors about the next step.

She added: “Once we have had that discussion the application will be made quickly.

“The application will be made to the Home Office and hopefully it will make a decision within a few weeks.”

The potentially groundbreaking move comes after a Coventry woman claimed she had cured herself of cancer using cannabis oil.

Doctors gave Joy Smith six weeks to live when she was diagnosed with cancer in her stomach and bowel, but almost two years later she is close to getting the all clear.

Drugs gang boss who ran cannabis operation worth millions is jailed



Drugs gang boss who ran cannabis operation worth millions is jailed


Ly Thi Hoai Pham stashed drugs paraphernalia and mobile phones at addresses in Birmingham


A woman who headed up a crime gang that cultivated million of pounds worth of cannabis has been jailed for six and a half years.

Ly Thi Hoai Pham, 49 of Wellend Street, Greenwich, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court today (Friday) after admitting conspiracy to supply class B drugs.

The sentencing follows an investigation by Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI).


Six other members of the crime gang were jailed in December 2017 at the same court.

Two had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class B drugs.

Thi Nguyet To was jailed for four years and Nam Van Nguyen was jailed for 14 months.

Three had pleaded guilty to cultivating class B drugs – Tuan Ahn Nguyen (jailed for 14 months) as well as Nhiet Ming Ly and Hong Vu Nguyen (both jailed for 36 months).

A final man, Van Loi Doan, was found guilty of possession of class B drugs with intent to supply following a trial and jailed for 18 months.

The investigation began in January 2017. Officers found that each member of the group, a mixture of both Vietnamese and British nationals, had a specific role in the operation. Ly Pham was known as ‘the boss’, co-ordinating the harvest at the gang’s network of drugs farms in London, as well as the distribution of the drugs to dealers in London and beyond.





Thi To was second in command, arranging transport, distribution and managing several drugs farms. Nam Nguyen also assisted with transportation, while Van Doan took on the role of storeman, looking after the hydroponic growing equipment and the others (Hong Nguyen, Nhiet Ly and Tuan Nguyen) were all farmers, cultivating the cannabis plants in Erith, south east London.


On 26 April 2017, Thi To was stopped on the M1 at the wheel of a car which was found to contain two suitcases packed with 12 kilos of cannabis, as well as a samurai sword. Nam Van was also present in the vehicle and both were arrested for possession with the intent to supply controlled drugs.

A subsequent search of an address in Hockley, Birmingham, uncovered cannabis, plant nutrients, six mobile phones and other drugs paraphernalia.



The following day (27 April), officers carried out co-ordinated strikes at three addresses in Birmingham and Deptford.

A further strike day was carried out on 16 May, during which Ly Pham, the key player in the group, was arrested at her home address in Greenwich.

Her five mobile phones were found to contain hundreds of images of cannabis cultivation and cannabis packaged for sale. The two strike days led to the uncovering of two drugs farms in south east London, the seizure of 800 cannabis plants and 35 kilos of prepared cannabis, as well as 14 arrests.


As a result of this operation, officers identified four minors suspected to be victims of trafficking, including one in the car with To when she was arrested on the M1 and one during the strike day in April. All were referred to the National Referral Mechanism for support.

Assistant Director Dave Fairclough from Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigation said:




The drugs discovered after the c


“Ly Pham tried to explain away her guilt, by claiming that she was acting under duress. In reality, far from being a victim, Pham was pulling all the strings in her position at the helm of this prolific crime gang. Under her leadership, the group cultivated millions of pounds worth of drugs, which were then pushed out for sale across the country.


“This drugs enterprise provided a lucrative income stream for the gang, a stream which has been cut off thanks to the thorough work of my investigating team.

“This case should serve as a warning that criminality like this will not go unchecked – you will be caught and brought before the courts.”

All of those convicted who are foreign nationals will be considered for deportation at the end of their jail terms.










GENE SIMMONS Says That He Has Softened His Stance On Cannabis: ‘I Was Wrong And I Was Not Informed’



GENE SIMMONS Says That He Has Softened His Stance On Cannabis: ‘I Was Wrong And I Was Not Informed’


GENE SIMMONS Says That He Has Softened His Stance On Cannabis: 'I Was Wrong And I Was Not Informed'


Gene Simmons, a notorious stickler for anything drug-related, says that he has relaxed his stance for pot users.

The KISS bassist/vocalist, who has always promoted clean living and scoffed at peers who snort drugs and get high, made headlines last week when he landed an odd new gig as “chief evangelist officer” at Canadian cannabis and fertilizer company Invictus.


For those confused about this new relationship given the fact that Simmons has been on the record about never trying cannabis in his whole life, he has a perfectly simple explanation. “I was wrong and I was not informed,” he told the Toronto Sun. “Well, drug abuse, you don’t have to be a genius [to know that’s wrong] and alcohol abuse, everybody knows that’s wrong but I’ve been dismissive of cannabis. And I didn’t know much about it. I just dismissed it out of hand.


“I have to man up and admit in the past, I used to dismiss lots of things because of ignorance and arrogance,” he explained. “About three years ago when I did my own research, I found out astonishingly new information that doctors and researchers were talking about with regards to cannabis.”

Simmons, who will serve as Invictus’s media spokesperson among other duties, disclosed that he has “10 million in stock” in the company and said that he was “glad to do it. Respectfully, I’m not as much a celebrity as a businessman because you can’t find somebody like me. I have a restaurant chain, also some other businesses that have nothing to do with playing a guitar.”

Dan Kriznic, CEO and chairman of Invictus, credited Gene’s business acumen for the appointment. According to Kriznic, Simmons “created one of the most iconic bands of all time, but has spent decades building successful brands internationally in various industries.”


As part of his deal with Invictus, Simmons has agreed to appear at least 50 investor and industry presentations for the company over a five-year period.

In a 2016 TeamRock feature, Simmons said that he was “not against marijuana for pain relief but on Planet Gene, drugs would be banned. Not because I don’t want you to get high, because that would be your prerogative, but when you become an addict and getting a fix is all that matters, you are a parasite on society,” he explained. “Let’s create those gulags way up in the cold north someplace, where drug addicts who can’t get clean are sent. If you freeze your ass off, you’ll get straight very fast. The idea of social rehabilitation is nonsense. These people live among us and they’re like vampires — they’ll do anything for a fix.”






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