It just goes to show that no matter how careful you are and how much effort you invest in remaining discreet, sometimes Lady Luck just isn’t on your side. Now more than ever, those choosing to flout the law (daft as the law may be) and grow weed on their own premises need to be quite comprehensively savvy in how they go about things as both nosy neighbours and prying police never seem to be more than a few steps away.
Of course things are quite different if you’re lucky enough to live in a country/state where growing weed is legal. But whichever way you look at it, it’s hard not to have at least a little sympathy for one seriously unlucky bloke from West Wales, who completely out of chance…or more accurately police stupidity…found himself staring down the barrel of more trouble than he’d ever expected.
Just last week, a select group of officers from the West Wales police force were out and about in search of an illegal immigrant. Having come to the conclusion that they knew exactly where she was, heavily-armed police and Border Agency officers made their way to the address to pay her a visit. Well, we say pay her a visit but what this actually means is breaking the door down and forcing their way in. Which would have been all well and good, except they’d got the wrong address.
So rather than entering the home of their intended target, they instead burst into the home of 41-year-old Vietnamese-born Giap Din Tran. Suffice to say the poor chap was more than a little startled and the intruding officers were rather on the embarrassed side. Sadly, the broken door was just the start of Tran’s problems however as while he wasn’t the individual the police were looking for, he was also an illegal immigrant. And if that wasn’t enough, he also had a pretty epic cannabis farm in his house boasting buds worth over £77,000!
Like we said – sometimes no matter what you do, your luck just runs out!
It turned out that Tran had somehow managed to smuggle himself into the country two years ago and had set up his own DIY cannabis farm with no less than 222 enormous plants. Unfortunately, having done so in a country where this kind of business is still 100% illegal, all he ended up getting out of it was a year in prison and the prospect of being deported back to Vietnam and never allowed back into the UK again.
Of course, there is still the very remote prospect that the way things go down in the UK might be headed for change, depending on the outcome of the first genuine parliamentary debate on weed decriminalisation next month. As far as advocates are concerned, a point in time has come where the police and the government in general are investing far too much time, money and resources in a cause that doesn’t make sense and quite frankly never did.
Of course, until we follow in the footsteps of certain North American states, chances are you still won’t quite be able to get away with growing 222 marijuana plants in your spare bedroom. Nevertheless, as a means by which to bring weed in general out of the shady underworld and theoretically put thousands of criminals out of business, we can only hope that next month’s debate isn’t quite as pathetically closed-minded and the gov’s most recent statement on the issue.