Monday, August 22, 2005

Hash Browne

According to Sky News:

A herd of cows in Russia is facing a high time this winter after a marijuana crop was found in with their normal feed crops.

Drug enforcement officers say they have no other choice but to let the herd feed on the drug crop.

Some 40 tonnes of marijuana had been planted among the sunflowers and maize crops.

"There is simply no other way out," a Federal Drugs Control Service spokeswoman told the Novye Izvestia newspaper.

"You see, the fields are planted with feed crops and if we remove it all the cows will have nothing to eat.

"I don't know what the milk will be like after this."

Which reminds me. Did you know that Howard Marks was from Kenfig Hill near Bridgend in Glamorgan?

During the mid 1980s, Howard Marks had forty-three aliases, eighty-nine phone lines, and twenty five companies trading throughout the world.

Bars, recording studios, offshore banks: all were money-laundering vehicles serving the core activity: dope dealing.

Marks began to deal during a postgraduate philosophy course at Oxford and was soon moving large quantities of hashish into Europe and America in the equipment of touring rock bands. The academic life began to lose its allure.

At the height of his career, he was smuggling consignments of up to thirty tons from Pakistan and Thailand to America and Canada and had contact with organisations as diverse as the CIA, MI6, the IRA, and the Mafia.

After many years and a world-wide operation by the Drug Enforcement Agency, he was busted and sentenced to twenty five years in prison at the United States Federal Penitentiary, Terre Haute, Indiana, the site of America's only Federal Death Row. He was released on parole in April 1995 after serving seven years of his sentence.

A Welsh Born Icon for some for sure.

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