The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


There is a fascinating clip on You Tube showing the production of cocaine from stripping the leaves to the final powder form. The final product, it is said, sells for $800 per kilo, a sum that grows to £50,000 on the streets of London.

The photographer (who appears to be English) must have run a considerable risk in going into the Colombian jungle. I hope that his film gets wider circulation.

Later: The clip has been taken down from You Tube, but as I had hoped the film did get a wider audience. It won the Editors' Choice on Newsnight, and the programme showed a 10-minute version of it in January.