The start of the new year wasn’t so great for everyone. Georgia police officers had sixty people jailed for possession of under an ounce of pot.
A New Year’s Eve party got a little raucous for the folks of Cartersville, Georgia. So much so that it resulted in sixty people jailed for possession of under an ounce of pot. That’s right: police arrested dozens of partygoers for the same bag of weed. But this was not a fat sack of grass. Not like the ones often pulled out in the backseat of a car in the movies, sending the driver into a spine-shattering bout of paranoia. This was but a small bag containing less than an ounce.
The Mass Arrest
It was a celebratory gathering promoted as a “lingerie-themed 21st birthday bash,” according to WXIA-TV. The report indicates that the neighbors called the Cartersville Police Department on the wild-eyed festivities after hearing a series of gunshots pop off around the community.
When officers arrived on the scene, they spotted a cornucopia of party favors in plain sight. Including a small amount of marijuana. That’s when the boys in blue called in the big dogs. They summoned the Bartow Cartersville Drug Task Force to join in the fun.
When local drug agents showed up to lend some shakedown assistance, they began giving everyone at the party the third degree over who was the rightful owner of the leafy stash.
The individual who dared stand up to claim the weed was on the fast track to jail. Knowing this, the entire party did exactly the right thing in this type of situation. They kept their mouths shut.
Their solidarity of silence screwed them up all in the end.
Law enforcement officers felt pissed that they failed to compel a bunch of citizens between the ages of 15 and 31 to rat each other out. And so they made the decision to have sixty people jailed for possession of under an ounce of pot.
The Bartow Cartersville Drug Task Force justified its decision to conduct such a ridiculous, mass arrest by saying the marijuana “was within everyone’s reach,” so they all went down.
“All the subjects at the residence were placed under arrest for the possession of the suspected marijuana which was within everyone’s reach or control,” reads a press release issued by Bartow Cartersville Drug Task Force. “All arrestees were immediately transported to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office by multiple transport vans.”
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