Perhaps the police officers in 20 cruisers from Gatineau and Surete du Quebec in Canada have heard the term “skunk” being used to refer to potent marijuana in the U.K. (or, formerly, crappy marijuana in the U.S.). But the truth is, while such cannabis does have a pungent smell, it doesn’t actually smell like… skunk.
A rural Gatineau, Que., family is angry at police who raided their home armed with loaded guns looking for a marijuana grow-op, which turned out to only be a skunk that lived on their property. […]
The father of two was met by Gatineau officers who declared they had a warrant to search his home and arrest him.
“I thought I was going to have a heart attack,” said MacQuat, who was handcuffed and seated on a stool while officers searched his home.
“That scared the living daylights out of me. They were very respectful, but it’s very humiliating to be wearing handcuffs and to have people going through your house.”
He was told the skunk smell â€” which is noticeable when driving by â€” was also similar to that of a grow-op. […]
Minutes later, the scene’s senior officer walked inside to inform fellow officers the smell was, after all, just a skunk as MacQuat had pleaded.
“They were really embarrassed by it, but they were very sincere in their apologies,” said Macquat, who owns his own auto body shop.
“But had they done their investigation more thoroughly, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.” […]
The force would not comment on the incident when reached Saturday.
But the family said officers were not rough and even cleaned their shoes before they entered.
At least the police were polite. Can you imagine a drug raid here in the U.S. where the police cleaned their shoes before entering?