Police bust hydroponic pot grow in Escazú church

first_imgVirgin Mary, meet Mary Jane. Police discovered hundreds of marijuana plants Sunday night inside an evangelical temple in the upscale neighborhood of Escazú.Police officers were responding to a robbery complaint when they reportedly caught a strong whiff of marijuana coming from inside a nearby church, according to the Public Security Ministry (MSP).The MSP did not release the name of the church.Inside police discovered a hydroponic marijuana operation with 226 plants ranging in height from 12 centimeters to 155 centimeters. Along with the plants, police found 8 kilograms of loose, processed marijuana.There was no one in the building at the time of the raid, according to police, and no arrests had been made as of Monday morning.The MSP didn’t speculate on whether the marijuana might have some spiritual significance, but the discovery of a small .38 Special revolver by police doesn’t bode well for the religious freedom angle.MSP spokesman Nicolás Aguilar told The Tico Times that the church was an active place of worship. He said authorities were investigating how long the marijuana grow had been operating.During 2014, Drug Control Police seized seven metric tons of marijuana across Costa Rica. The now empty hydroponic marijuana growing laboratory discovered in an evangelical church Sunday, March 8, 2015. (Courtesy Public Security Ministry) Facebook Comments Related posts:US sheriffs are asking for armored trucks to wage war on marijuana. Yes, really. Drug policy in Central America criminalizes poverty, says Costa Rica Public Security Minister Police arrest 4 suspects with fake police gear after dramatic chase, shootout Costa Rica police bust Cuban migrants smuggling operationlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Australian Governme

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Australian Government will implement new screening procedures on international travellers departing and arriving into the country effective 30 June 2018, requiring passengers to present all powders in their carry-on baggage separately for screening.Quantity restrictions will apply to some types of powder, however most common powders remain unrestricted. The government defines “powder” as fine dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing, or disintegration of a solid substance (for example, flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk, baby formula or cosmetics). Powders may also be presented in clumpy, grain, or compressed material forms.Within the “inorganic powder” definition are items such as salt, salt scrub, talcum powder, powdered deodorants, foot powders, detergent & cleaning products and sand.The quantity restrictions on powders are:No limit on organic powders, such as food (coffee, protein powder, flour, spices, sugar, most cosmetics and powdered baby formula);Inorganic powder must be carried in containers not exceeding 350 millilitres or 350 grams.The total volume of inorganic powders must not exceed 350 millilitres or 350 grams per person.There are no restrictions on the number of containers of inorganic powders per person, so long as the total volume of all the containers remains under 350 mls.Passengers are advised that they cannot tip powders out to fall under the 350-millilitre threshold, as the restriction is calculated on total container volume.All powders within carry-on baggage must be separately presented for screening but do not need to be placed in resealable plastic bags.“These restrictions are strictly applied. Security screening officers have the final say if there is any doubt about what items can be carried on board,” the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development said.Powder restrictions do not apply to checked luggage.See travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more