Wednesday, December 01, 2010

A waste of police resources

The Herald reports that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been convicted of cannabis possession in Tauranga and fined $250:

The court was told that on October 7 when police executed a search warrant at Witschke's launch, Barchetta, berthed at Tauranga Bridge Marina they found a total of 25g of cannabis on board.

Witschke told police it was for his personal use.

A search warrant requires significant police resources - evidence has to be collected, statements sworn, and the warrant itself signed off by a judge or JP; executing it probably required three or four officers for a couple of hours. The idea of doing that for a trivial possession case simply beggars belief; the idea that they're going around looking for people to bust for possession even moreso.

Surely our police have better things to do than this...?