Another Sturgeon Poacher Hooked

Another Sturgeon Poacher Hooked
Posted by CN Staff on August 05, 2002 at 12:08:43 PT
By Maureen Gulyas
Source: Surrey Now 
Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers believe there's a trend underway that involves poaching sturgeon, and growing marijuana. That's not as odd as it seems in light of two recent investigations which resulted in the seizure of $850,000 worth of marijuana and several sturgeon found in the suspects' homes. Last week, the Delta police seized $350,000 worth of marijuana and a live sturgeon in the suspect's kitchen fridge. 
Fishery officers, who were called by police, were able to rescue the fish. They later released the sturgeon into the Fraser River. In a reversal of last week's bust, on Saturday, fishery officers found a man poaching sturgeon in the Fraser next to River Road in Delta and followed him home to Surrey, where the DFO found an active marijuana grow op worth $500,000, and two dead sturgeon. "I think we have a major trend here,'" said concerned fisheries officer Paul Cottrell. "We need to stop this." The sturgeon sells on the black market for $100 to $500 a piece while the female roe can go for thousands of dollars. While Delta South Richmond MP John Cummins congratulates the officers on the recent investigations, he doesn't expect to see those kind of results too often. The officers investigating Saturday's incident worked 24 hours without pay. "They've got no budget for overtime and their enforcement budget has been cut drastically," Cummins said. There are an estimated 47,000 sturgeon in the Fraser River. Newshawk: Ethan Russo M.D.Source: Surrey Now (CN BC)Author: Maureen GulyasPublished: Wednesday, August 24, 2002Copyright: 2002 Lower Mainland Publishing Group Inc., A Canwest CompanyContact: canderson thenownewspaper.comWebsite: Articles:Marijuana Party To Avenge Ferry Pot Bust Action Ends in Drug Bust on Ferry 
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Comment #13 posted by Tigress58 on August 06, 2002 at 01:58:42 PT
I read it with much humor
as I couldn't imagine why someone would want to blow up a port-a-pottie, and only one department was "assigned" to handle the incident. Must have been as smelly as the fish.
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Comment #12 posted by freedom fighter on August 05, 2002 at 20:39:13 PT
Does sound like 2 kids blowing some cherrybombs..ff
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Comment #11 posted by freedom fighter on August 05, 2002 at 20:35:00 PT
A tall fishy tale!
Able to rescue a fish from a fridge?Oh please!!Must be a miracle! I suppose the fish was still floppin around in the fridge!ff
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Comment #10 posted by Tigress58 on August 05, 2002 at 19:39:36 PT
Police Investigating Blown Up Bathroom
08/05/2002, THREE RIVERS, MI - Police are investigating the destruction of a portable toilet sunday evening.Witnesses told police the Port-A-Pottie near Railroad Drive behind downtown businesses was apparently blown up by two people who ran away.Officers learned there was possibly a second explosion near the destroyed sanitary unit, according to Three Rivers police.The area around the portable toilet was secured until officers determined no other explosive devices were found in the area.The Three Rivers police were assigned by the Michigan State Police Bomb Unit, St. Joseph County Sheriff's Office, and the Michigan State Police from the White Pigeon Post.
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Comment #9 posted by John Tyler on August 05, 2002 at 18:54:40 PT
Years ago there was a TV show called "Sea Hunt". It was about a skin diver. He discovered a patch of seaweed that was cross breed with cannabis so it would grow under water.
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Comment #8 posted by E_Johnson on August 05, 2002 at 18:41:02 PT
Mmmm I love it
In 1992 in Moscow you could Beluga for $5 for a half kilo tin at the Tsvetnoi Boulevard market.$5 for a half kilo of Beluga. And fresh sturgeom for $2 a kilo. Really really good big hunks of fresh Caspian sturgeon. There is no fish that can compare with fresh sturgeon, and they certainly do use thw whole fish. You can buy the bones for soup. Sturgeon bones make great broth.The fish was available at the normal market stalls but I had to buy the caviar from guys standing outside who looked like they were rejected from Al Qaida for being too sketchy.They worked for some guys with really thick necks in black Armani leather jackets with the big bulges under the armpit.Who drove Mercedes sedans.Ah yes Moscow 1992, not unlike Chicago 1920.
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Comment #7 posted by kaptinemo on August 05, 2002 at 12:52:08 PT:
I don't eat sushi, either...worms, you know.
As in the kind that don't care what kind of digestive system they invade and destroy. Piscoid or human, they don't care.Enough said?
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Comment #6 posted by TroutMask on August 05, 2002 at 12:49:42 PT
mmmm, sushi!-TM
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on August 05, 2002 at 12:39:34 PT
I had to try caviar one time. I was invited to a minister's son's 16 birthday party and they served caviar. I really wasn't sure if it was going to stay down. LOL! Never, never and I mean never again! PS: But cows have such big, beautiful, soft, brown eyes it's hard to even eat a hamburger for me.
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Comment #4 posted by kaptinemo on August 05, 2002 at 12:30:41 PT:
I've never eaten caviar, and have no intention of doing so. It's an article of faith with me that you know a country has had serious hard times when normally slimy, disgusting things like roe are considered delicacies. Bad enough they have to mess with something that is semi-endangered. Worse they have to kill the fish to get the eggs. Then they just pitch it. Terrible waste...and what did the fish do to you in the first place to warrant such treatment?Some growers should stay out of the business.
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Comment #3 posted by xxdr_zombiexx on August 05, 2002 at 12:23:26 PT
old soviet humor
E_J - I got this in my mail the other day and I immediatley thought of you. Doubtless, as sure as I post it you would have heard it,'s only cyberspace...Somehow, though it is appropriate for the times, perhaps?Hope ya like it anyway....A Soviet Man of LettersStalin is dying, and summons Comrade Khruschev to his bedside. Wheezing his last few words with difficulty, Stalin tells Khruschev, "Comrade, the reins of the country are now in your hands. But before I go, I want to give you some advice." "Yes, yes, Great Leader, what is it?" says Khruschev. Reaching under his pillow, Stalin produces two envelopes marked 1and 2. "Take these letters," he tells Khruschev. "Keep them safely--don't open them. Only if the country is in turmoil and things start going badly, open the first one. That'll give you some advice on what to do. And, even after that, if things start going REALLY badly, open the second one." And with a gasp Stalin breathed his last. Well, Khruschev succeeded him, and sure enough, within a few years things started going badly--unemployment increased, crops failed, people became restless.Nikita decided it was time to open the first letter. All it said was: "Blame everything on me!" So Khruschev launched a massive deStalinization campaign, and blamed Josef for all the excesses and purges and ills of the present system, and bought himself some time that way. But things continued on the downslide--Kennedy successfully rebuffed Soviet missiles in Cuba, unemployment increased even more, crops failed even more, the Politburo was unhappy with Khruschev's leadership and upstarts like Brezhnev and Gromyko were threatening his credibility.So finally, after much deliberation, Nikita opened the second letter. All it said was: "Write two letters."
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Comment #2 posted by E_Johnson on August 05, 2002 at 12:16:36 PT
It's a cross breeding experiment
Maybe those wild Canadian growers are trying to breed a strain of cannabis that can swim.But seriously I personally boycott caviar now because almost all caviar being sold these days on the black market or in the stores is connected to people who are doing grievous harm to the future of the poor fish and you never know what environmental stupidity you are supporting when you buy it.
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Comment #1 posted by xxdr_zombiexx on August 05, 2002 at 12:16:21 PT
2 things about this story
1: We have always said there was something fishy about prohibition. Fish prohibition would be an ugly thing... would lead to a trend of ever smaller, more potent fish I think. 2: We have always said that cannabis prohibition (a/k/a The War on Drugs) is more akin to a Holy War or Jihad than a proper Law Enforcement action. These two guys are bustin' thier humps for nothing? No overtime? This is tremendous dedication (mixed, doubtlessly, with hopes of a forfieture score)
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