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Cappucinos ‘n’ cannabis: Italian cafe owner arrested for serving drugs to school teens

Published time: February 25, 2014 18:08
Reuters/Jason Redmond

Reuters/Jason Redmond

An Italian bar owner has been arrested for serving cannabis rather than croissants and cappuccinos to students from a nearby school.

Until now nobody questioned why Salvatore Nocera’s bar and café was so popular among high school students in the Italian city of Acqui Terme, in the northwestern region of Piedmont.

As the bar was conveniently located close to the city’s bus stop and train station, students would stop by, as it turned out, to buy hashish on their way to school, La Stampa reported.

Nocera would have kept his cannabis business a secret if the school’s principal hadn’t noticed a strange smell in the bathrooms and the suspect behavior of some students.

Police were called in and found joints in the school bathrooms and several machines for cutting drugs, which they reportedly traced to Nocera’s bar. Inside the café they found 40 grams of hashish served in carton boxes of 2 grams and 5 grams.

The search then continued in the bar owner’s house Friday. Nocera, who has a criminal record, did not deny he was selling cannabis, but in his defense said it was his way to earn a little extra money to keep his head above water amid the economic crisis. Police found 100 grams of hashish, tools for preparing the drug and 2,600 Euros in cash at Nocera’s home.

He was arrested on charges of possessing drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

Now police will try to find out if Nocera was working alone or from where and whom he was getting supplies.

There’s a little good news for Nocera, however. If he is found guilty, the punishment will not be as harsh as it used to be. Just two weeks ago, Italy's Constitutional Court abolished a controversial anti-drug law from 2006 that put cannabis and hashish on the same level as heroin and cocaine and tripled sentences for selling, cultivating or possessing it to six to 20 years, instead of two to six years previously.

Comments (5)


Jonathan Foster 26.02.2014 22:39

@Andrew Stergiou - pseudo-intellectuali sm at its finest.


Andrew Stergiou 26.02.2014 16:25

Since post-modernism and demise of traditional modernist values there seems a proliferation of rhetorical slouches and extremists every where who by their rhetoric seem quite willing to over look any and all criterium as it suits them personally to allow one thing or another regardless of circumstances, or how any other people feel that is the definition of arrogance as it fits western society, the left right and center as a product of power based society sin principles it is a mental illness. My views on marijuana are secondary to the fact most writing on the matter are literally full of it with no pun intended.


Codename Taco 26.02.2014 12:56

Aside from teenagers, who has time to get high on a regular basis? That's something for fishing trips and holidays when you're an adult, but they act like it's a scandal for teens to do it. "There's a time and a place for everything, and it's called 'college'" The last two years of high school fall in that category too.

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