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Warrant explains Pandora's Box raid
    #1454481 - 04/13/03 11:40 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

http://www.centralmaine.com/news/stories/030412pandora_.shtml

Saturday, April 12, 2003

Warrant explains Pandora's Box raid



By DOUG HARLOW, Staff Writer

WATERVILLE ? An agreement to order a pipe for smoking marijuana coupled with the proximity of about 250 smoking pipes to the other drug-related items was enough to get a search warrant that led to the raid of Pandora's Box on Main Street in Waterville. The Morning Sentinel obtained a copy of the search warrant Friday. It outlines an undercover trip for Somerset County Detective Tom Rourke on Wednesday to the store.

"Detective Rourke stated that he talked to a clerk and told the clerk that he had a pipe that was capable of holding a couple of grams of weed (marijuana) in it," the warrant, written by Waterville police Detective David Caron states. "Detective Rourke told the clerk that the pipe had been taken by the police and he was looking to get another one similar to the one he had."

The clerk allegedly said he was familiar with that type of pipe and would order one for him.

The next day, Waterville police raided the store.

Hundreds of items were seized in the raid, including smoking pipes, stash boxes, bongs, scales, T-shirts with pictures of marijuana leaves on them and stickers advocating the use of drugs, marijuana in particular.

"Without exaggeration," the detective wrote in the search warrant, "each and every time I have encountered someone in possession of such paraphernalia I have always found that the paraphernalia was used to ingest marijuana or other illegal materials."

In an interview April 2, the day after Pandora's Box opened on Main Street, store manager Cristopher Johnson said the pipes, scales and bongs all were being sold for tobacco use only. Signs in the store also noted that the items for sale were for tobacco use.

Police and prosecutors said that claim was preposterous.

They also said the case against Pandora's Box is different from another paraphernalia case they lost last year after a 1999 raid, also on Main Street, because of the blatant display of marijuana-related symbols this time.

What may have been the most conspicuous example of in-your-face marijuana advocacy, said District Attorney Evert N. Fowle, was the presence at Pandora's Box of a mask, which covered the head of a smoker.

Attached to the mask in the area of the nose and mouth was a flexible hose, which in turn was hooked to a smoking bowl, enveloping the face and head in smoke.

"I'm sorry, but I will go to my grave not believing that anyone would use that to consume tobacco," Fowle said. "It looks like a gas mask.

"These people at this store were over the top."

In the 23-page search warrant, Caron cites other evidence that the pipes and rolling papers on sale at Pandora's Box were for smoking or ingesting illegal substances.

Stickers on sale at the store had slogans including "4:20," the time of day known internationally as "burn time" or the hour to light up a marijuana pipe or joint.

Other stickers said "killer Bud," "Got Weed?" and "Stoner Chicks Rule."

Caron also cited pictures and written material on an Web site. The site on psychoactive drugs shows examples of the same or similar products that were for sale at Pandora's Box, according to Caron.

Fowle said misdemeanor criminal charges will be forthcoming in the case. He said he will consult with Waterville Police Chief John E. Morris and others involved in the case to see how and when to proceed.

Johnson, the store manager, declined to be interviewed Friday, but the store was open for business. Joseph Correale of Fort Fairfield, the owner of the Waterville store and another in Presque Isle also declined to be interviewed for this story.

Johnson said Correale wanted to pass along one message.

"He said we're a novelty store," Johnson said. "We just sell novelties."


Doug Harlow ? 861-9244

dharlow@centralmaine.com




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Re: Warrant explains Pandora's Box raid [Re: motaman]
    #1454701 - 04/13/03 04:10 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

"Detective Rourke stated that he talked to a clerk and told the clerk that he had a pipe that was capable of holding a couple of grams of weed (marijuana) in it," the warrant, written by Waterville police Detective David Caron states. "Detective Rourke told the clerk that the pipe had been taken by the police and he was looking to get another one similar to the one he had."

The clerk allegedly said he was familiar with that type of pipe and would order one for him.

either the cop is lying, or the clerk's a moron. if you mention weed in any of the headshops around me, they kick you out immediately.


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    #1455476 - 04/13/03 10:15 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Same here


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    #1456561 - 04/14/03 09:16 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Strange. The headshop around here is great. I go in, chat to the guy who knows my face, and he doesn't kick me for mentioning weed. We even discussed good ways to attend concerts and not get your stash taken or found by the search at the door.


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    #1457977 - 04/14/03 08:33 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

[quote The clerk allegedly said he was familiar with that type of pipe and would order one for him.




Using their logic, I should be able to go into Wal Mart, and ask a clerk about coffee grinders... something like 'This would work to grind up weed, wouldn't it?' If he agrees that it would, then I can get a warrant, arrest a bunch of people, and take the stores inventory into custody?

Don't the cops have anything better to do like arresting people that rape and murder?


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    #1474515 - 04/19/03 11:33 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

And people wonder why head shop owners are like that.


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    #1482750 - 04/22/03 04:36 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Sniff....Sniff....You smell that?.......Thats the smell of our own government burning the American Flag......and pissing on its ash's :frown:


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