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Old 02-11-2009, 06:22 PM   #1
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Authorities recently executed search warrants at two private homes in Columbia, S.C., and arrested eight people for marijuana possession, in connection with an investigation into the photo of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps holding a bong, ABC News has learned.


Armed Richland County Sheriff's Department officers entered at least one of the properties Saturday, Feb. 7, sources told ABC News.

Though eight people were arrested, less than an ounce of marijuana was confiscated by sheriff's deputies, the sources said.


One of the properties was identified by the sheriff's department as a location where marijuana was "frequently stored and consumed," according to the search warrant affidavit, which also said police searched trash from the property that had been left by the road for collection.

Sgt. M.A. Poole of the Richland County Sheriff's Department appeared before a judge Feb. 6 to request the search warrants.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chris Cowan would not confirm the arrests, but said there is an ongoing investigation into whether Phelps or others broke the law during a party -- allegedly held in November 2008 -- where Phelps was photographed with a bong in his hands.

Property taken during one of the raids included computers, marijuana -- including a partially smoked joint -- a bong, a cell phone, a portable drive and a camera, according to the sheriff's inventory from the search.





You have got to be kidding me!!!!!. Smoking marijuana is a misdemeanor there is no reason for search warrants. I almost can't believe a police dept would care enough about college kids smoking weed to go this far.

This police dept should be humiliated considering the area they police has real crimes like a murder they haven't solved and a rash of ATM robberies.
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Authorities recently executed search warrants at two private homes in Columbia, S.C., and arrested eight people for marijuana possession, in connection with an investigation into the photo of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps holding a bong, ABC News has learned.


Armed Richland County Sheriff's Department officers entered at least one of the properties Saturday, Feb. 7, sources told ABC News.

Though eight people were arrested, less than an ounce of marijuana was confiscated by sheriff's deputies, the sources said.


One of the properties was identified by the sheriff's department as a location where marijuana was "frequently stored and consumed," according to the search warrant affidavit, which also said police searched trash from the property that had been left by the road for collection.

Sgt. M.A. Poole of the Richland County Sheriff's Department appeared before a judge Feb. 6 to request the search warrants.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chris Cowan would not confirm the arrests, but said there is an ongoing investigation into whether Phelps or others broke the law during a party -- allegedly held in November 2008 -- where Phelps was photographed with a bong in his hands.

Property taken during one of the raids included computers, marijuana -- including a partially smoked joint -- a bong, a cell phone, a portable drive and a camera, according to the sheriff's inventory from the search.





You have got to be kidding me!!!!!. Smoking marijuana is a misdemeanor there is no reason for search warrants. I almost can't believe a police dept would care enough about college kids smoking weed to go this far.

This police dept should be humiliated considering the area they police has real crimes like a murder they haven't solved and a rash of ATM robberies.
Just Pigs being pigs. I'm sure their egos think they've helped save the world.
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lol wow that is rediculous.
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You have got to be kidding me!!!!!. Smoking marijuana is a misdemeanor there is no reason for search warrants. I almost can't believe a police dept would care enough about college kids smoking weed to go this far.

This police dept should be humiliated considering the area they police has real crimes like a murder they haven't solved and a rash of ATM robberies.

Yeah. This is embarrassing for Columbia law enforcement.

Its almost hard to read its so ridiculous.

Tax dollars well spent, eh?
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How many times has a stupid pot head been busted because he takes a picture of himself either smoking or growing pot in his house?
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What a ****ing waste of time and resources.
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Ahhh, I see it's time for yet another cop hating thread.

Carry on.
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Ahhh, I see it's time for yet another cop hating thread.

Carry on.
Gee you aren't a little biased are you?

Do you think the cops would have acted the same way if it was Joe Shmoe in the picture?
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Ahhh, I see it's time for yet another cop hating thread.

Carry on.
I'm not sure which knucklehead makes the decision to go in and do things like this, but this is clearly acting in opposition to the will of the populace at large. In America today, any trivial action like this that could be considered an excessive action coupled with a waste of resources will be looked on with contempt, and rightly so.

If a federal election was held today to legalize recreational marijuana use, it would be legalized wholesale. I have not doubt about that. People get upset at the police in these regards because they are the enforcing arm of a tyrant considering this issue.
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Gee you aren't a little biased are you?

Do you think the cops would have acted the same way if it was Joe Shmoe in the picture?
You mean executing a search warrant for illegal narcotics? Most likely, yes.

But as I said, carry on with the monthly cop hating thread.
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Thank god they caught them before everyone got stoned!
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You mean executing a search warrant for illegal narcotics? Most likely, yes.

But as I said, carry on with the monthly cop hating thread.
cmon i can find 1000 pictures of people smoking weed on the internet. Do you really support investigating these people to bust them?
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Thank god they caught them before everyone got stoned!
I wonder what % of college students at USC (for all of you left-coasters, thats...spoken in Foghorn Leghorn voice...the University of South Carolina) have used pot at one time or another?
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You mean executing a search warrant for illegal narcotics? Most likely, yes.

But as I said, carry on with the monthly cop hating thread.
to get under an ounce of weed and a bong lol. You just sound silly.
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cmon i can find 1000 pictures of people smoking weed on the internet. Do you really support investigating these people to bust them?
It's not up to me. But at the same time it's still against the law so what sense does it make to complain about cops enforcing the law.
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to get under an ounce of weed and a bong lol. You just sound silly.
I'm sure they figured they would get alot more than that.
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I'm sure they figured they would get alot more than that.

Because?
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Take a wild guess.
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It's not up to me. But at the same time it's still against the law so what sense does it make to complain about cops enforcing the law.
The police officers get the brunt of the disdain because they are the face of the monster. They are the enforcement arm of the out-of-touch governance.

Maybe the police should boycott the arrest or citation of any adult in posession of marijuana.
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Thank god they caught them before everyone got stoned!
no doubt. Not to mention our President admits to doing it. That doesn't mean we should condone it but to execute a search warrant to catch some young men or women smoking pot seems excessive and I don't want to live in a world like that.

IMO this type of thing is so far more dangerous to our freedoms then the stupid Patriot act which basically doesn't affect anyone.

Sending in people with guns to get a bong and a blintz is just silly. There is a chance someone could get killed over nothing.

Go try and solve some real crimes. Maybe cops just getting a little pussified and don't want to go after the real criminals.
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Take a wild guess.
No idea. One guy doing a bong doesn't suggest a large quantity of pot to me.

You suggested it might be a big deal. I can't imagine why.
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I'm sure they figured they would get alot more than that.
Do some old fashioned police work like send a snitch in to try and buy some weed. Watch the place and see what kind of traffic goes in and out. Follow a couple cars that leave the place and pull them over after its been 20 minutes or so since they left house. Say it's for not using turn signal, whatever, search car and see if they just bought drugs.

I'm not a cop but i work with attys, i interview cops all the time, that's how a good dept would look into something. They don't just get a warrant and barge in because some people smoked a bong and took a picture of it.

Or you really a cop you should know these types of things.
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No idea. One guy doing a bong doesn't suggest a large quantity of pot to me.

You suggested it might be a big deal. I can't imagine why.

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Do some old fashioned police work like send a snitch in to try and buy some weed. Watch the place and see what kind of traffic goes in and out. Follow a couple cars that leave the place and pull them over after its been 20 minutes or so since they left house. Say it's for not using turn signal, whatever, search car and see if they just bought drugs.

I'm not a cop but i work with attys, i interview cops all the time, that's how a good dept would look into something. They don't just get a warrant and barge in because some people smoked a bong and took a picture of it.

Or you really a cop you should know these types of things.
I'll give you a hint guys. They probably had a confidential informant that told them what was going on there. It's not entirely out of the question that it was Phelps himself.
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Do some old fashioned police work like send a snitch in to try and buy some weed. Watch the place and see what kind of traffic goes in and out. Follow a couple cars that leave the place and pull them over after its been 20 minutes or so since they left house. Say it's for not using turn signal, whatever, search car and see if they just bought drugs.

I'm not a cop but i work with attys, i interview cops all the time, that's how a good dept would look into something. They don't just get a warrant and barge in because some people smoked a bong and took a picture of it.

Or you really a cop you should know these types of things.
It was a PR thing done by SC law enforcement. I know law enforcement in SC, and in many places its a downright joke. "We aint gonna let you pantywastes come into our state, smoke drugs, and party."
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