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Duped dope buyer freed after buying real grass

TT/Clara Guibourg · 20 Jun 2011, 11:53

Published: 20 Jun 2011 11:53 GMT+02:00

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Police interrupted the would be-drug deal on Saturday in Gävle in eastern Sweden after two security guards saw what they presumed to be a drug sale and summoned local police.

But the man has since been cleared of all suspicions after the arresting officers inspected the plastic bag the man had purchased and found no trace of cannabis.

"We concluded that it was perfectly common grass, and a few bits of bark," said Peter Hultqvist, Gävleborg police station's duty officer, told the news agency TT.

Initially, the 58-year-old thought he had negotiated a rock-bottom price for his purchase, having haggled the price of the grass from 400 kronor ($62) down to a mere 100 kronor.

While the man was released, Gävleborg police spokesperson Mikael Hedström emphasised that his actions are still considered criminal.

"Imagine that you order 10 kilos of amphetamine, but receive common flour. You still tried to purchase narcotics, so you can still be charged with an attempted drug offense," Hedström told The Local.

However, because the purchase would have been mounted to no more than a petty offense even if the bag can contained actual marijuana, the case was dropped and the 58-year-old was released without receiving any sanctions for his failed drug purchase.

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Meanwhile, the shifty grass clipping salesman managed to flee the scene before police could apprehend him.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:23 June 20, 2011 by Playmaker
thats funny
20:36 June 20, 2011 by Swedesmith
A dope got duped over some dope.
02:38 June 21, 2011 by billstewart3
There's no excuse for cannabis being illegal.
05:26 June 21, 2011 by Playmaker
no excuse at all. 100% agree. in 2011 we have great tech. to look into this. law should be based on science not morals.
07:59 June 21, 2011 by Luke R D

There is also no excuse for selling common grass as marijuana, and no excuse for not being able to recognise the difference between the real thing and the lawn variety of grasses ;-)
14:05 June 21, 2011 by Scambaiter
This article is badly translated/written
10:41 June 23, 2011 by Ballercom
Swedes are idiots and that is why marijuana is illegal just a flockof easily manipulated sheep. The laws here regarding marijuana are unjust. You read about rape and murder but still Swedes but billions of kronor into stopping a drug that hurts and kills no one. Idiots! Someone needs to step up to the plate and begin a medical marijuana campaign. I have chronic back pain yet they want me to take over the counter drugs that cause long term and possibly short term severe health problems.
22:26 June 24, 2011 by Grokh
Its funny how people who are for legalization of drugs never seem to bring mexico as an example.
01:07 June 29, 2011 by nimshubur
Ah, yes, well, marijuana is not legal in Mexico. Doesn't stop a thing, of course, and leads to terrible crime problems and government corruption.
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