The constabulary of the English town of Gloucestershire is bragging about their recent marijuana bust. They found a small home garden where a couple had decorated their large cannabis plant with traditional Christmas tree decorations.
Not your traditional Xmas Tree! Two arrested in Cheltenham on suspicion of cannabis cultivation. pic.twitter.com/hpPgEX8YDL
— Glos Police (@Glos_Police) December 22, 2016
The Christmas week raid was a part of “Operation Emperor”, a police operation of utmost importance to the Gloucestershire constabulary:
Operation Emperor is part of our crackdown on drugs. It sends a strong message to criminals that Gloucestershire isn’t a soft location to sell drugs.
A high number of murders in Gloucestershire in recent years have had a drugs element and many of the knife crime incidents we see are related to drugs. By tackling the root cause of these problems, we are hoping to make Gloucestershire a safer place.
While the bobbies may think cannabis growers with yuletide cheer are the knife-wielding scourge of Gloucestershire, it seems many of the followers of their Twitter account @Glos_Police think their priorities are a bit daft. Some sarcastically worry about the marijuana addicts turning to robbery, while others wondered if the police had already solved the problems of terrorism and real crime:
— Dean Dagleish (@ChuckNovice) December 25, 2016
— sherry (@gotseacrets) December 25, 2016
— Krista McPhail (@Kristamcphail77) December 25, 2016
@Glos_Police wow. Grinch much? How the pigs stole Christmas.
— Erik N Johnson (@ErikNJohnson) December 25, 2016
@Glos_Police What do you want? A pat on the shoulder? From me you may get a Kick on your ass. Hope your Xmas tree burns down. A fine Xmas.
— hanspy (@hanspij) December 25, 2016
As if hauling away a couple for their cannabis Christmas tree wasn’t Grinchey enough for you, how about a Christmas Weekend tweet by the Cheshire Police that the Gloucestershire Constabulary retweeted the very next day without any sense of irony:
Please help break this habit pic.twitter.com/UEl1qUvxTQ
— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) December 22, 2016
According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, over one-in-nine subjects of the United Kingdom aged 15-24 are using cannabis this month. The penalties in the United Kingdom for possession of marijuana range from an on-the-spot fine of £90 to an unlimited fine and five years in prison. Growing cannabis can get up to 14 years in prison.
I wonder why British cops feel the need to tell young people not to fear them?