Seems that whether we are talking about the War on Terror [that mean ol' emotion] or the War on Drugs, or body counts in the Iraq War there are Counting Issues.
Here we have a great example. Now, I don't do drugs but have several friends that do and one sent me this to point out a minor issue. Read the article and see if you can follow the bouncing ball.
Police seize high-potency marijuana, arrest 2 men
Posted on Wed, Nov. 28, 2007
By Barbara Boyer
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A potent type of marijuana known as AK47 - so strong that some users are treated in emergency rooms for overdoses - has hit the Philadelphia area.
Today, police laid out 16 pounds of the stuff they said they confiscated from a high-level dealer who supplied the suburbs: Michael Cascioli, 31, of the 6100 block of City Avenue. He was arrested Monday in his penthouse suite and charged with multiple drug offenses.
Also arrested was Jeremy Sarkissina, 34, of Brooklyn, N.Y., who allegedly showed up with $14,000 to buy drugs while police were executing a search warrant, Narcotics Chief Inspector William Blackburn said. That money was confiscated, as well.
Police put the value of the marijuana at $812,000. On Tuesday, as the probe continued, investigators seized 12 pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms worth $614,000 and more than $439,000 in cash, police said.
"This was a large-scale smuggling operation," Blackburn said. The drugs came up from South America to Canada, and then went through New York to reach this area, he said.
"Most of his clients were from the suburbs," Blackburn said of Cascioli, calling his customers "high-end" buyers who purchased by the pound and then sold smaller quantities. "He wasn't selling this stuff on the street level. People would come and buy pretty large amounts of marijuana."
Blackburn said that in marijuana circles, the AK47 strain is called "the one-hit wonder" and "an award-winning drug."
Web sites that sell marijuana seeds call AK47 a highly potent form of the drug.
Hospitals are seeing more teens in emergency rooms because of the "overdose, effects and powerfulness of this drug," Blackburn said, adding that overdoses are not "typical of marijuana, but it's typical of this type of marijuana."
Blackburn said the Narcotics Field Unit started with an investigation last month. A team headed by Officers Tom Liciardello, Jeff Walker and Brian Reynolds then coordinated controlled buys, surveillance and intelligence gathering, said Narcotics Capt. Chris Werner. In addition to the FBI, police also had assistance from Montgomery County and Maryland police.
On Monday, officers moved in on Cascioli in his rented penthouse suite. In addition to the cash and drugs confiscated there, Blackburn said $16,000 was seized from a bank account.
Tuesday, investigators followed up at an apartment that Cascioli rented in Bala Cynwyd, where they confiscated $87,000 in cash. Later that day, they executed a warrant in upscale Columbia, Md., where $320,000 more was confiscated in a relative's home, Blackburn said.
Blackburn said police have found small quantities of AK47 before, but never such a large amount at once. Blackburn said the investigation was continuing, including an examination of other assets Cascioli may have.
"That's where we brought in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and they're assisting us in trying to figure out exactly how high-level this individual was," Blackburn said.
Police seize high-potency marijuana, arrest 2 men | Philadelphia Inquirer | 11/28/2007