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Pot Farmers Use Profits to Support Kenyan Village

A UK couple donated $600,000 in grow money towards medical care and children's education.

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By Bryan Le

10/18/12

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And the award for the world's most charitable drug dealers goes to: a couple in England, who have been using the proceeds from their pot farm to help support a small village in Kenya. Susan Cooper and Michael Foster, a couple in their early 60's, were found to be piloting a massive-scale marijuana operation that raked in approximately £400,000 ($645,000) in profits over the past six years. “The evidence demonstrates much of the money was put to charitable and good use,” said the couple's attorney. “While in Kenya they bought a computer for a local eye hospital, paid for children to be put through school and paid for a lifesaving operation on a man's gangrenous leg.” The philanthropical grow-op remained under-the-radar until officers, while chasing a burglar through the couple's yard, noticed a peculiar smell coming from their Lincolnshire farmhouse. A subsequent raid uncovered 159 plants worth approximately £20,000 ($32,000), and the equivalent amount more in cash. But while being do-gooders may have compelled the judge to call them a “respectable couple of positive good character,” they were nonetheless given three years in jail on charges of production of cannabis and possession of criminal money. "You were growing it on a significant scale, jetting off to Kenya on it," said the judge. "I am sure you were doing good things in Kenya with your drugs money, whether that was to appease your consciences, I can only speculate."

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