Saturday, January 24, 2004

Hi, Officer!

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Marijuana Fumes Force Cops to Leave Work

JERUSALEM — The fumes from several tons of marijuana stored in an Israeli police station were so strong that officers had to leave their work place.

The police station in the town of Dimona in the southern Negev Desert is used to store all the marijuana confiscated along the Israeli-Egyptian border, a busy smuggling route. Between three and four tons were seized in the past two months.

“The smell was overpowering,” police spokesman Gil Kleiman said Friday.

Finally, it was too much for the officers working next door to the storage room, and they had to leave their offices.

“Every time I came to work I felt very bad, like I was high. The smell of the marijuana was killing us, we couldn’t work,” one officer told the Israeli newspaper Maariv.

Next week the marijuana will be destroyed, but the room is expected to fill up again in a couple of months, Kleiman said.

The local supermarket reported that they are stocking up on Twinkies, Pop-Tarts, and cookie dough just in case.