The Harris County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force is being disbanded. So sad.
This is the group that raided a landscaper’s house because he had hibiscus (with white flowers) in his front yard. They thought it was pot. They also grilled him about his bamboo, watermelons, and cantaloupes.
Now some of these task force members are out of a job. Hmmm… Well, I doubt the florist is going to want to hire them. Same for the grocery store produce department. Maybe… “You want fries with that?”
One interesting part of this article is the speculation of how the crime rate will change. The thing is, since the local police departments are hiring many of them, I’d say they’re going to have better success in actually fighting crime. The task force was (as they nostalgically pointed out) more involved in “memorable” busts and seizures that only took a drop out of the ocean of supply. Regular police work (to the extent that it isn’t wasted on pot busts) is more useful to the community.
Farewell Harris County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force. We won’t miss you.
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