Wednesday, March 03, 2004
Pyrrhus Watch: Victory #14
I am shocked! Wednesday’s Herald-Times of my hometown Bloomington, IN (subscription required), reports that two Bloomington men have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms (!) of pot over a three-year period. And I was wondering why the attendance in my classes has been so poor over the same period. These two alleged conspirators must have supplied every man, woman, and child on our peaceful little campus of about 36,000 students. But wait. It turns out that, according to the indictment, the two Bloomingtonians were distributing the weed throughout the entire southern Indiana (speaking of sleepy little places). Where would they be getting the stuff? It is believed that the Hell’s Angels gang of British Columbia was the supplier of the premium brand referred to as “B.C. Bud.” Apparently, this is good stuff, if the price is any indication of quality. The newspaper article informs us that unlike Mexican marijuana that typically sells for between $1,200 and $1,800 per pound, the “Bud” can fetch anywhere from $4,000 to $5,000 a pound. I am glad that the accused did not try to push some cheap imports on the unsuspecting Hoosiers. Also, it appears that not the entire production was outsourced abroad. One of the men is also accused of growing marijuana in his Bloomington home. “At least one indoor growth was uncovered during the execution of a search warrant,” said the chief of the Indianapolis Drug Unit for the US Department of Justice. He also said that there was evidence of a “failed growth” at one of the homes. (I wonder what that looks like.) This must be it. Could there possibly be any of the wicked drug left in the entire state south of Gary? I am sure not. And that is good, because I don’t think I can survive another shock like this.