Verne prisoner 'decorated cannabis plant as Christmas tree'

PRISONERS on Portland have been growing cannabis and building matchstick models to hide items inside, it has been confirmed.

It was claimed that a convicted drug dealer at the Verne prison grew a four-foot plant of the class B drug and passed it off for months as a tomato plant before decorating it as a Christmas tree.

Other allegations claimed that inmates have made matchstick models intending to hide phones inside.

A spokesman for the prison service has confirmed officers have confiscated both items.

Of the matchstick models he said: “Vigilant prison officers at HMP The Verne found two boxes with hidden compartments during a routine cell search.

“They were subsequently removed. This is not a new practice.”

On the discovery of an alleged cannabis plant he said: “Prison officers identified a plant in a cell which they believed to be cannabis. The plant was sent for testing.

“Our comprehensive security measures include: searching cells, using search dogs and mandatory drug testing of prisoners.

“We take the problem of drugs in prisons very seriously and do everything possible to disrupt their demand and supply.”

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9:34am Wed 9 Dec 09

Chris S B says...

A four foot plant which took months to grow was found, despite the prison apparently operating 'comprehensive security measures'? Were inmates using the prison sunbed as a source of extra lighting perhaps? I think prison officers need to go on a horticultural course and learn what Christmas trees DON'T look like.
A four foot plant which took months to grow was found, despite the prison apparently operating 'comprehensive security measures'? Were inmates using the prison sunbed as a source of extra lighting perhaps? I think prison officers need to go on a horticultural course and learn what Christmas trees DON'T look like. Chris S B
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9:50am Wed 9 Dec 09

Duckorange says...

Who - I ask - cannot fail to be moved by this touching Christmas tale?

Happy prisoners, learning the error of their ways after a life on the wrong side of the tracks, learning useful life skills, sitting round their home-grown Christmas tree, munching on tomatoes, smoking the fruit of their labours whilst chatting to their loved ones on mobile phones lovingly crafted from matchsticks.

It's enough to make a grown man weep.
Who - I ask - cannot fail to be moved by this touching Christmas tale? Happy prisoners, learning the error of their ways after a life on the wrong side of the tracks, learning useful life skills, sitting round their home-grown Christmas tree, munching on tomatoes, smoking the fruit of their labours whilst chatting to their loved ones on mobile phones lovingly crafted from matchsticks. It's enough to make a grown man weep. Duckorange
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10:49am Wed 9 Dec 09

popup says...

Well they were determined to have a merry Christmas; nothing like a good joint after your Christmas dinner i would imagine they have a nice little still going as well just to round the day of nicely.
Well they were determined to have a merry Christmas; nothing like a good joint after your Christmas dinner i would imagine they have a nice little still going as well just to round the day of nicely. popup
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11:13am Wed 9 Dec 09

pd7 says...

There is going to be no shortage of good gardeners when they come out.
There is going to be no shortage of good gardeners when they come out. pd7
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11:19am Wed 9 Dec 09

bluecat says...

Just love the way the prison spokesman has turned this fiasco into a story of praise and self congratulation.

That cannabis plant grew undetected for four months in the confined space of a prison cell. They are easily identified by appearance and smell.
Just love the way the prison spokesman has turned this fiasco into a story of praise and self congratulation. That cannabis plant grew undetected for four months in the confined space of a prison cell. They are easily identified by appearance and smell. bluecat
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12:03pm Wed 9 Dec 09

simonthomas says...

For Goodness sake. There is nothing new about this. Prisoners have been making matchstick models to hide stuff for decades. They devise other methods of hiding stuff from toothpaste tubes to deodorants to cereal packets......yawn yawn!
For Goodness sake. There is nothing new about this. Prisoners have been making matchstick models to hide stuff for decades. They devise other methods of hiding stuff from toothpaste tubes to deodorants to cereal packets......yawn yawn! simonthomas
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12:27pm Wed 9 Dec 09

Jenny466 says...

That is hilarious- the fact that they claim to carry out comprehensive searches yet don't even know what a cannabis plant looks like is highly ironic! If you can get away with that inside prison Walls...
That is hilarious- the fact that they claim to carry out comprehensive searches yet don't even know what a cannabis plant looks like is highly ironic! If you can get away with that inside prison Walls... Jenny466
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1:26pm Wed 9 Dec 09

Sideshow Bob says...

"Our comprehensive security measures include: searching cells, using search dogs and mandatory drug testing of prisoners"

All three of which obviously failed, not very comprehensive is it?

A search dog is not much use if it can't find a four foot pot plant stood in the corner of a small concrete room!

Also, I hope that the prisoner was dragged up in front of the judge to have some more time added to his sentence for possesion of a controlled drug? - No didn't think so............
"Our comprehensive security measures include: searching cells, using search dogs and mandatory drug testing of prisoners" All three of which obviously failed, not very comprehensive is it? A search dog is not much use if it can't find a four foot pot plant stood in the corner of a small concrete room! Also, I hope that the prisoner was dragged up in front of the judge to have some more time added to his sentence for possesion of a controlled drug? - No didn't think so............ Sideshow Bob
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1:26pm Wed 9 Dec 09

praha says...

I understand the fairy passed a urine test and no one inhaled.
I understand the fairy passed a urine test and no one inhaled. praha
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3:53pm Wed 9 Dec 09

simonthomas says...

Dont be gullable enough to believe EVERYTHING you read in the paper.......will you ???
Dont be gullable enough to believe EVERYTHING you read in the paper.......will you ??? simonthomas
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6:16pm Wed 9 Dec 09

Get a grip says...

Hang on was it not only a few months ago that they installed “spirit optics” sorry anti bacteria gel dispenses?

Security word drug-hope
Hang on was it not only a few months ago that they installed “spirit optics” sorry anti bacteria gel dispenses? Security word drug-hope Get a grip
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8:36pm Wed 9 Dec 09

EUFC says...

Isn't anyone getting suspicious that a 'Verne Prison spokesman' (anonymous everytime) is being quoted more and more often by the Echo regarding deterimental stories about the Verne?

Anyone smell a rat? POA?
Isn't anyone getting suspicious that a 'Verne Prison spokesman' (anonymous everytime) is being quoted more and more often by the Echo regarding deterimental stories about the Verne? Anyone smell a rat? POA? EUFC
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1:16pm Thu 10 Dec 09

weymouthfox says...

I had a good laugh at this story. So the prison officers are so alert they failed to notice a "christmas tree" four months ago, that actually was a cannabis plant! Perhaps the officers have been smoking something interesting as well.
I had a good laugh at this story. So the prison officers are so alert they failed to notice a "christmas tree" four months ago, that actually was a cannabis plant! Perhaps the officers have been smoking something interesting as well. weymouthfox
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1:43pm Thu 10 Dec 09

portlandresident says...

weymouthfox wrote:
I had a good laugh at this story. So the prison officers are so alert they failed to notice a "christmas tree" four months ago, that actually was a cannabis plant! Perhaps the officers have been smoking something interesting as well.
Hear Hear. It appears the officers let all kinds of things 'slip in' un-noticed. Why someone didn't think to check this in the first place is beyond me. As for being able to make things like matchstick models, well... It shouldn't be allowed! They're in prison. They shouldn't be allowed out of their cell - at any time, not to make models, to make calls or even to speak to people. They did the crime, they must do the time!
[quote][p][bold]weymouthfox[/bold] wrote: I had a good laugh at this story. So the prison officers are so alert they failed to notice a "christmas tree" four months ago, that actually was a cannabis plant! Perhaps the officers have been smoking something interesting as well.[/p][/quote]Hear Hear. It appears the officers let all kinds of things 'slip in' un-noticed. Why someone didn't think to check this in the first place is beyond me. As for being able to make things like matchstick models, well... It shouldn't be allowed! They're in prison. They shouldn't be allowed out of their cell - at any time, not to make models, to make calls or even to speak to people. They did the crime, they must do the time! portlandresident
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7:40pm Thu 10 Dec 09

magura says...

No wonder the down and outs want to be inside for christmas Happy hours 2 for 1 the anti Bac hand wash, Dream the Dream the Christmas tree .The screws must be on it if they let that grow for 4 months .Sounds like Everybodys Happy in there .
No wonder the down and outs want to be inside for christmas Happy hours 2 for 1 the anti Bac hand wash, Dream the Dream the Christmas tree .The screws must be on it if they let that grow for 4 months .Sounds like Everybodys Happy in there . magura
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