Ok, this is a multi-part question (so i don’t clutter up the board don’t ya know :)). First, why is it that every time i see on Cops (or some other law enforcement show) that they only seem to find people growing marijuana and never anything else? And i mean GROWING here folks, not making crack/meth/whatever in their kitchen. But really, no one in the U.S. grows cocaine bushes or opium poppies in thier basement? Why? I mean granted, maybe coca seeds are hard to come by (when was the last time you saw a bag of coke with stems and seeds?) but still you would think some people would do it rather than sneak it across the border.
The other thing is, how do the cops find out about a marijuana growing operation in the first place? I mean, aside from busting some kid with a dime bag and threatening to lock him up and throw away the key unless he tells them the source, how would they find out? What if someone had all these plants in their garage/basement/attic/wherever and never told anyone else about it? It seems that in some of the shows i’ve seen that is the case. Sometimes they vaguely refer to farmer having an unusually high electric bill or some such nonsense. Seriously how much difference could a few grow lights make in an electric bill? Do they drive down the street with a drug dog hanging it’s head out the window or fly over with a helicoptor and some special high tech equipment or what?
<DISCLAIMER> And for the mods and any of you dopers out there who happen to be peace officers, NO i’m not growing anything of my own (believe me i’d be way to scared to), and i’m not asking for gardening tips here either. It’s just these questions have bugged me after watching one too many episodes of Cops. And, i think it might be a tad unapropriate to call up the local sheriff’s department and ask them these things. They don’t have much sense of humor about this kind of stuff… :)</DISCLAIMER>