Cops Delete Facebook Post Of Massive "Weed" Bust After The Internet Corrects Them

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Last week, officers from Missouri’s Jasper Police Department celebrated a marijuana bust they deemed worth roughly $100,000.

In a now-deleted Facebook post, they disclosed their satisfaction with their operation, which took ten cops and sheriff’s deputies and a National Guard helicopter to conduct.

As the Riverfront Times noted (grabbing screenshots before the post was taken down):

"’What a great team effort today,’ the Jasper department’s now-deleted post read. ‘It was hot and humid and not easy getting these plants. We ALL got in the thick of things and got it done.’

The Times summarized the post’s sentiment:

“In a curious bit of show-your-work math, the department calculated the nearly 290 plants seized would have produced — “on the low side” — 63 pounds of marijuana with a “street value” of roughly $100,000.”

But commenters were quick to point out an apparent flaw in the officers’ bust: it wasn’t cannabis they had seized, but hemp, they said.

You can’t get high from smoking hemp, and the material can be used to create anything from clothing, soap, paper to sails, rope, fuel, and concrete, called “hempcrete.” It is both durable and sustainable.

That’s hemp,” one comment bluntly said, according to the Times, though the rest of the comments are not available to view because the original post has been removed.


One of Missouri’s two entities allowed to grow hemp for certain medicinal purposes, Mitch Meyers of BeLeaf, said,Sure looks like hemp to me.”


These look to me like wild hemp plants, because they are tall and without buds,” Show-Me Cannabis Executive Director John Payne told the Times, which sent images of the confiscated plants to several experts. 


That probably means that no one was actively cultivating them. If that’s the case, the street value of those plants is next to nothing.”

Many comments echoed similar sentiments, “as the post racked up hundreds of comments, among them mocking congratulations to cops for confiscating the raw material of natural fiber rope,” the Times reported.“Jasper Police, who cover an area about twenty miles northeast of Joplin, pulled the post on Wednesday morning.”

However, there is still some doubt as to whether the plants were hemp or cannabis. Dr. Jason Strotheide, founder of licensed hemp grower Noah’s Arc Foundation, said it is “nearly impossible to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana until late in flower.

Rusty Rives, police chief of the Lamar Police Department, which participated in raid stuck by the claim that it was weed. “I’m just looking at the picture,” he said. “but they look like marijuana plants to me.”

It doesn’t matter either way. Both are illegal in the state of Missouri despite nationwide efforts to legalize both marijuana and the hemp plant.

The Times had difficulty obtaining comment other officials involved, but by last Thursday, Jasper police chief Chad Karr responded, defending the Facebook post.

The goal, Karr says, was never to brag about a bunch of pot plants, but rather to serve notice to a suspected meth dealer operating in the area.But the post reached many more people, accruing over 1,000 comments, Karr said, some of which were “abusive.”

As far as the “$100,000” estimation, “Karr says he tried to estimate conservatively. He admits he’s no expert when it comes to marijuana and doesn’t care to be.” However, he suggested the plants were not growing on their own, without human cultivation, because there were trails leading out to the field where they were confiscated.

Nevertheless, he claims cannabis is not an issue for him.

“I think the misconception is we go to work to bust pot heads,” he said. “I personally do not. I know what the problem is — it’s opiates and methamphetamine.”

Hopefully, his sentiment will continue to grow among law enforcement, who are increasingly trolled when they boast of cannabis busts on social media. The Times reports that for now, it doesn’t appear any charges have been filed over the plants.


koaj Sat, 09/23/2017 - 17:48 Permalink

 Stoners like to smoke at home and then eat some ice cream or some cold cereal. Not a danger to anybody. I wonder how many of these public servants consume massive amounts of alcohol after a shift

vato poco Txpl9421 Sat, 09/23/2017 - 17:59 Permalink

fun with maff. assume every one of the braindead roided-up jackoffs in that pic makes a muuuuuch-higher-than-private-sector $100K. add another $75K for solid-gold bennies and pensions (!). there's 10 of them. so collectively they make $1.75MM/yr. a "good days work" removing harmless wild, non-psychoactive plants from out deadly streets means they spent $4974 of OUR money to uproot a bunch of ..... plants. way ta go supercops. carl drega was right

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OverTheHedge ufos8mycow Sun, 09/24/2017 - 01:38 Permalink

Apparently there are at least 4 people here who either don't know what they are talking about, or a railing against reality."th hemp and marijuana are, in fact, the same thing. Although both “hemp” and “marijuana” as we know them are from the same genus, Cannabis, they are also part of the same species, Cannabis sativa. The scientific difference between what we refer to as hemp and marijuana comes from the purpose the strain was bred for"For those who would like to continue their education, here is the full article:…

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glenlloyd in_xanadu_did_… Sun, 09/24/2017 - 17:37 Permalink

Another situation where the 'experts' really weren't all that knowledgeable about what they were after.Since the post came down when the claims went up about it being hemp I have to believe that they realized their error when it was being pointed out to them. As for the cultivation issue I would expect the plants to be flowering by now, seems a little late in the growing season, look at the size of those things. If it wasn't hemp then why pull the post so suddenly...that is unless the poster realized at that point that they made a fool of themselves?I'm not an expert in cannabis or hemp, but there are a lot out there, and you would think that law enforcement would turn to them for proper ID when they were first going after the stuff. Then again i quite often don't think their investigative tactics are very good either.Wonder how many tax payer dollars were spent that day basically clearing weeds unnecessarily?

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Ex-Oligarch MagicHandPuppet Sat, 09/23/2017 - 21:04 Permalink

Ah, but you're overlooking their strategic genius:The goal, Karr says, was never to brag about a bunch of pot plants, but rather to serve notice to a suspected meth dealer operating in the area.Nothing intimidates meth dealers like devoting large amounts of police time and resources to busting marijuana growers.  Especially if you don't bust the actual growers, but just clear some plants from a field. And the meth dealers get really, really worried if you post a picture of all of your pudgy, out-of-shape officers posing in front of plants that don't appear to actually be marijuana. 

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SILVERGEDDON Txpl9421 Sat, 09/23/2017 - 21:34 Permalink

All the rope makers are pissed. All the dope smokers are laughing their asses off, passing ariound the cookie jar. All the meth heads are selling their sister for another hit. All the crack heads are laying back trying to maintaqin a grip with reality. None of them gave a rats ass flying fuck at the moon for a bubbah swat team jerk off photo op. 

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boattrash Txpl9421 Sun, 09/24/2017 - 08:11 Permalink

Txpl,I've known plenty of LEOs that smoke weed, remember, two sets of for us, one for them.If a mariner gets a DWI on land, they lose their Merchant Mariner Credentials (translate to job). You don't see those rules apply to cops, teachers, or hardly any other profession, and certainly not to the cocksuckers in DC that pass the laws we get to live by...Rant off.

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Rhetorical koaj Sat, 09/23/2017 - 23:16 Permalink

I liked to pet pit bulls when I was high. Job drug tests though and I prefer being productive over unemplowed and high but man does it really help the shattered knee I have feel better. To bad I cant smoke on my own time and be sober for my job. Cause no one has that kind of wilpower when it comes to cannabis.

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