Police Seize Pot From High Schoolers on SWAT Snowboarding Trip

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Teens on a bus trip to Utah for what would be three whole days of parent-free debauchery in the snow were busted by cops this week for having a massive stash of marijuana. Party foul.   

Nearly 250 high school students from the Bay Area were heading to Salt Lake City on a trip organized by Costa Mesa-based SWAT (Summer Winter Action Tours). The annual event, El Nino, brings together kids from all over California and Arizona for skiing, snowboarding, parties and stuff that should never, ever be posted on Facebook (but probably will anyway).  

According to the Associated Press, five buses were stopped in northern Nevada after a store clerk reported that passengers were smoking in the parking lot of an Elko travel plaza. Police dogs stiffed marijuana in the baggage compartment of each bus and cops found "pipes, bongs and rolling papers stored in jars, Tupperware, cigarette packs and plastic bags" -- a stash that totaled several pounds. 

Miraculously for the young stoners, Elko Police Chief Don Zumwalt was cool about it, or just lazy. 

"I could have written a citation and arrested them all and confiscated the buses," he told the AP. But logistically it would have been a nightmare. Who belonged to what? Where would we put them?"

SWAT organizers, on the other hand, took a stronger approach, interviewing all the teens upon arrival and sending 17 of them on a long, sad trip home


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VungNoo
VungNoo

Party foul indeed, stupid cops! Go find some real crooks to mess with.www.Total-Privacy dot US

Nikhil Shinday
Nikhil Shinday

If I may come from the perspective of a teenager in Santa Barbara, notorious as a university town for the consumption of marijuana, I think that Chief Zumwalt took the right course of action. Logistically, the move would have been a nightmare; legally, little would have been done to penalize the teenagers. Just my two, insignificant, hormone-incensed cents for the world to hear.

Mvictor6479
Mvictor6479

Well, the first driver warned them several times about doing that in the trip, they didn't listen. Karmas a bitch.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Thanks to Prohibition we now have far more people locked in cages than would normally be the case. Apart from the fact that these extra prisoners are not contributing economically to society, it also costs 50,000 dollars per annum to incarcerate them. Additionally their families often go on government assistance, and it's again the average tax payer who has to pick up the bill. Their kids may be taken into care or raised by foster parents, again with tax payer money. Now add to all this the court costs, jail costs, and the salaries of all those people that have to deal with the enforcement of prohibition, like police officers, judges and public defenders and you'll start to get a fair idea of why "Black Thursday", October 24, 1929 happened during the period of another of our great experiments - Alcohol Prohibition.

* The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. * 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population at year-end 2009.* 2,292,133 adults were incarcerated federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2009, that's approx. 1% of US adults.* Additionally, 4,933,667 adults at year-end 2009 were on probation or parole.* In total, 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probation,parole, or incarcerated) in 2009 — about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population.

Prohibition has helped fill our Prisons and Jails to capacity. Violent criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters are released early to create space for so called 'drug offenders'. Half of court trial time and also a huge chunk of police officers time is pointlessly wasted. Enormous untaxed profits from illegal drugs fund multi-national criminal empires which bribe law enforcement authorities and spread corruption faster than a raging bush fire. Prohibition takes violent criminals and turns them into multi-billionaires whilst corrupting even entire countries, including our own. Our drug laws are also funding the Taliban and al-Qaeda whose illegal opium profits allow them to buy weapons and pay it's fighters more than $300 a month, compared with the $14 paid to an Afghan policemen.

Maybe many of the early Prohibitionists did not really intend to kill hundreds of thousands worldwide, or put 1 in every 30 American adults under supervision of the correctional system. But similar to our "Great Experiment" of the 1920s, the prohibition of various other drugs has once again spawned rampant off-the-scale criminality & corruption, a bust economy, mass unemployment, a mind-boggling incarceration rate, a civil war in Mexico, an un-winnable war in Afghanistan and an even higher rate of drug-use (both legal & illegal) than in all other countries that have far more sensible policies. 

Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.

Not Happy With Michelle
Not Happy With Michelle

To Michelle Woo: If you are going to post anincriminating article please make sure to post a photo of the kids actuallyinvolved, not just a random picture of some kids on the trip. The kids in theabove photo had nothing to do with the alleged incident.  So be a responsible journalist and clarifythat, would ya?

Signed,

A pissed off parent!

c. m.
c. m.

I can't believe these kids would bother with mere herbage.

Ya know, skiing on LSD is a REAL trip...

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

zOMG!  Are you serious?!  Teens smoking pot on a ski trip!!?  Impossible!

Cttnmth882
Cttnmth882

Who are they hurting big whoopity doo stoned kids are easier to deal with than drunk ones. Oh and the store clerk did they get a gold star for wasting everyones time and tax payers money. For what to punish a few kids way to go!

c. m.
c. m.

I think they violated the rights of these people by taking away their medicine.

Where's the ACLU when ya need 'em?

Juan
Juan

Drugs are America's cup of coffee.

tornado925
tornado925

and don't expect parents or teachers to reprimand any of these students.....they either gave it to kids or sold it to kids.......i know...i recently moved out of bay area after 6 years...

René Bruce
René Bruce

Yeah, post the pict of your kid so you can sue !  ha !

c.m. sucks
c.m. sucks

You know what, it's people like you that are wrong with this country. These people are minors. They have rights, but none of them are to get high. Do they do it anyway? Yes, but that doesn't make it right. Not even the ACLU would touch this one.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

I think you'd better go back and read it all again!

Most of us are aware by now that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high, 'no matter what.' So why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future. If you remotely believe that people will one day quit using any of these 'at present' illegal drugs, then you are exhibiting a degree of naivety parallel only by those poor deluded wretches who voluntarily drank the poisoned Kool-Aid in Jonestown. 

Even if you cannot stand the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and over a trillion dollars on this dangerous farce. Practically everybody is now aware that Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. So why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself  to be a poison in the veins of our once so proud & free nation? Do you actually think you may have something to lose If we were to start basing drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies? 

Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard or a local politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? 

Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem. 

Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

c. m.
c. m.

Hey Michelle, wouldn't it be illegal to post a photo of the actual kids since they are underage and it is only allegedly their herbage?

M.K
M.K

Who the fuck cares? Marijuana has no serious health problems.

It's better that theyre smoking pot rather than drinking booze which has killed tens of thousands of kids. And by the way, if marijuana was legalized and regulated, it would be harder for minors to obtain cannabis because they would need legal ID to purchase it. Right now, middle schoolers and high schoolers can get pot at any age. Drug dealers don't ID.

Victors Secret
Victors Secret

How many youth did alcohol kill in 2011?  Marijuana?  Neither are okay for minors, but I can tell you which I'd prefer for my children.  But if this story was about a bunch of kids being busted with liquor, well, it wouldn't be a story. Stop prohibition!

Brandon
Brandon

You are a fool. "These people are minors." 

So what. They have a right to their medicine.

It's people like YOU that are wrong with this country.

How dare you suggest to take away their right to ease their suffering.

Get fucking real.

Brandonsucksmorethancm
Brandonsucksmorethancm

Brandon, you are a complete idiot, and it clearly shows. Just keep up the good work. I'm sure you a pilar to your community. Hope you didn't forget to send your PO a Christmas card. Otherwise he might through you back in.

Jack
Jack

Hopefully, more than a few of these students would possess too much integrity to cop out and claim it as their "medicine". I know I can't bring MYself to do that.  

Brandon
Brandon

 And you should probably not have kids either or you will drive yourself insane because you are unable to control their every move. Must suck to be you.

Oh, and FUCK YOU MOTHERFUCKER!

c.m. sucks
c.m. sucks

Hey Brandon, FUCK YOU!!!!! What suffering? Their parents sending them on a ski trip? Why don't you get fucking real. Do everyone a huge favor and don't have kids because they will be completely fucked up from day one. Guaranteed.

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