Weird Criminal Law # 374: Yes, they were the real dummies

ENGLAND: They were the real Dummies. Two British men who travelled to Syria to join the fight against the Assad regime were armed with copies of the books Arabic for Dummies and the Koran for Dummies face record jail sentences of 18 years after pleading guilty to terrorist offenses. Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, both 22, may be released, on good behavior, for the last five years of their sentences under extended bail terms, ruled Judge Michael Topolski as he delivered the heaviest punishment to date in England for Syrian related offenses.


FRANCE: Oh, what ecstasy! Police arrested suspected drug traffickers after finding their stash of 26,740 ecstasy pills hidden in can labeled as pickles. The arrest was made in the town of Fresnes-Les-Montauban, near the Netherlands border. Police report that the seized pills had a street value of $253,100.


PENNSYLVANIA: What an imbecile! A man tried passing counterfeit $20 bills at the wrong yard sale, according to a report by police authorities.
Grey Douglas, 40, has been charged with forgery, uttering and theft by deception after he tried to hand the fake money to the woman running the sale – who just happened to be a bank teller. Amy Miller who works at a Citizens Bank said that the phony bills were not printed on real “money paper” that she handles every day at work.


PENNSYLVANIA: Too many critters under one roof! The town of Carbondale is trying to re-write animal ownership codes so it can take action against a woman’s in-house zoo. The woman was recently found to have nearly 90 animals under her roof – 72 snakes, nine cats, two geckos, a dog, a turtle, a rabbit and a parrot. Carbondale already has a city code concerning the breeding of animals but none dealing with the pure numbers in one household. Fortunately, all of her animals appear to be healthy.



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