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Florida man accused of assaulting brother with marijuana plants


Sheriff's deputies say a Lakeland man faces domestic battery charges after hitting his brother with marijuana plants from their yard.

The fight happened Saturday evening shortly after 31-year-old Rodney Brown and 33-year-old Jackie Brown got into a verbal altercation at the house they share. Rodney Brown was arrested on charges that include domestic battery, cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana over 20 grams.

Jackie Brown told Polk County Sheriff's deputies his brother uprooted several cannabis plants in varying lengths up to three feet and starting hitting him in the face with them.

Deputies say Rodney Brown allowed them to search the property. They found 10 marijuana plants outside and drug paraphernalia inside the house.

Rodney Brown was taken to jail and posted bail. It wasn't clear whether he has an attorney and a phone number was not available for him.

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creepy pothole

Metairie marijuana grow house suspect had photos of boy posing with pot plants, cops say

A Metairie man on the lam since burglars exposed his alleged marijuana grow house has been arrested on new charges stemming from pictures in his cell phone of a boy sniffing the plants and giving them the thumbs-up, according to authorities. Andrew Brekeen, 28, was booked Thursday with cruelty to a juvenile and multiple drug charges related to the grass-growing operation, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrest and incident reports.

Andrew Brekeen.jpgNarcotic officers found the photos in Brekeen's cell phone while investigating the discovery of the marijuana grow house at his apartment, 2509 Giuffrias Ave., arrest reports said. Authorities declined Tuesday to reveal the child's age, but the reports refer to him as a "minor" who is seen in several photographs posing with the marijuana plants.Brekeen had been on the run ever since he escaped from Sheriff's Office custody following the discovery of the grow house, according to Glen T. Boyd, spokesman for the department. He was first detained Aug. 22 after someone called 911 to report a burglary at the Giuffrias Avenue apartment, an incident report said.Surveillance cameras at Brekeen's apartment complex captured the images of two men who broke into his residence and made off with some 30 marijuana plants. Brekeen hadn't planned on calling authorities, according to the report. But a deputy summoned to the scene described seeing a broken window with a trail of potting soil and marijuana leaves leading to the parking lot, the incident report said.There were some plants left behind, and the apartment smelled of cannabis, the report said. Brekeen's apartment had all the makings of an indoor grow house, including fluorescent lighting and a ventilation system routed through the building's air-conditioning system, the report said. The deputy also found some glass bongs, several knives and a revolver inside the residence.

Brekeen managed to "elude" Sheriff's Office officials during the investigation, Boyd said. But he was recently arrested in Washington Parish and transported back to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna on Sept. 27.

He was booked with two counts of drug possession with the intent to distribute, creation of a clandestine lab, simple and aggravated escape, use of a firearm in connection with drug activity and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brekeen was still being held Tuesday without bond.

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Redneck pothole of the week

92 marijuana plants found in man's front yard

Nearly 100 marijuana plants were found growing in a man's yard in Knox County. The man who lived there, 42 year old James Denver Cox, then admitted they were his!

The Knox County Sheriff's Department says an anonymous caller reported seeing marijuana growing at the home on Radford Road in Flatlick.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Hensley responded and says he found the plants in the front yard of the trailer.

Deputy Hensley said, "upon walking up, knocked on the door, subject answered and asked how he could help me. I said, 'I'm here to talk to you about these marijuana plants in your front yard,' and he said, 'oh they're mine. I use them for myself.'"

He says the man was 42 year old James Denver Cox.

"Once I got inside, I asked him if he did have anymore, and he pointed out some drying on top of the TV and had some underneath the entertainment center," said Hensley.

Hensley confiscated 92 plants total.

"Some of them are three to four feet tall. You can tell he grew them from seeds and has grown them for awhile," said Hensley.

Deputy Hensley does not believe Cox planned to only use them himself.

"With 92 plants, I imagine he had other ideas," said Hensley.

Cox is charged with felony cultivating marijuana charges. Cox turned down our request for a jailhouse interview. Due to his lengthy criminal history, he is being held without bond. He is due in court next week.

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Pothole of the month

NY Stoner Tries to Pay Denny's Tab with Bag of Marijuana

By Andrew Chow, JD at

Thu May 31, 2012 12:21am EDT

A man likely suffering from late-night munchies tried to pay for his meal at a Denny's restaurant with a $1 bill and a bag of marijuana, police say.

Alas, the pothead's impromptu plan didn't pan out.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. Saturday in Niagara Falls, N.Y., The Buffalo News reports. The man placed a to-go order for a burger and fries, which rang up to $9.91. When it came time to pay, the man came up short -- but then had a pothead epiphany.

The man only had a $1 bill and a bag of weed, so he offered them in exchange for his Denny's dinner. He must've been totally bummed when the cashier turned him down.

Undeterred, the man then turned to his fellow Denny's diners, trying to sell his bag of pot for cash.

It's not clear if any patrons took him up on the offer, because the cashier was a total buzz-kill and called the cops. This caused the man to cut short his drug dealing and run off into the woods. He hasn't been seen or heard from since.

If caught, the man could face charges for possessing and selling marijuana, which could be a misdemeanor or felony under New York law, depending on the quantity of pot in question. (It probably wasn't much, since the man attempted to barter the bag for a $10 meal.)

As for the man's failure to pay for his burger and fries, the cashier likely called police to report the man for theft. If the man took a bite out of the burger or took it with him, he may indeed be in trouble. But if he never got a chance to dig in to his dinner, a theft charge -- called larceny in New York -- may be a stretch, because he never deprived Denny's of the burger and fries.

The man who tried to pay his Denny's bill with marijuana may not be able to hide for long: A restaurant employee recognized the man and told police where he lived. Officers didn't find him at home, but their investigation continues.

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Pothole of the week

Police: Man said he sold marijuana to pay for college

By Pamela Lehman, Of The Morning Call  August 8, 2011

Remember, the right to remiain silent means not saying things like this...-UA

An 18-year-old man caught Sunday morning with bags of marijuana told Bethlehem police he had "just started" drug dealing to pay for college, according to court records.

Maharishi Cretan Patel of Scioto, Pa., is charged with possession with the intent to deliver and underage drinking. He is free under $15,000 unsecured bail.

According to court records:

Around 12:30 a.m., police were on the patrol in the 200 block of E. Third St. when he saw a man later identified as Patel with two other men. An officer noted he smelled burning marijuana and saw Patel throw something into a parked car.

Police said Patel threw a small roach – partially smoked marijuana – into the car.

Police said in the back seat of the vehicle, there were two bottles of liquor and a sandwich bag of marijuana with smaller bags inside.

Patel told the officer he had just started selling marijuana to help pay for college.

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Pothole of the week challenger

Man arrested  after reporting his pot stolen 7/14

We renege on the the earlier pothole of the week....this guy is definitely way more dumber.-UA

A Lincoln Park man called police to say he’d just been robbed of two pounds of pot — and was arrested when police found more drugs in his apartment, police said.

Max Fleck, 20, of the 1500 block of West Fullerton Avenue, and a 19-year-old man called police at 12:40 a.m. Thursday to say they were robbed of the marijuana and a laptop. The 19-year-old said he was hit over the head with a bottle and cut, police said.

Fleck, who said he was punched, was arrested when police found he had drugs, police said. He was charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of cannabis, according to police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety.

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Pothole of the week

Domestic Disturbance Call Leads To Marijuana Grow Bust

7/11 fox Charlotte

People in glass houses should grow plants, not call the police.....I think that's how that saying goes..... -UA

STATESVILLE, NC - A man who was assaulted, was later arrested for growing marijuana after he reported the domestic disturbance.

Last week the Iredell County Sheriff's Department responded to a home on Browns Farm Dr in reference to a Domestic Disturbance. On arrival, Deputies noticed fresh marijuana laying in plain view on a computer desk in the house.

The homeowner Henry Gurley 68, was asked about the marijuana. Gurley admitted that the marijuana was his. Further search of the residence turned up 31 marijuana plants growing in a closet in a bedroom of the house.

The plants were in individual flower pots and sitting on black plastic. The closet included a heat lamp, an air filter, and a fan to bring fresh air and heat to the plants. Deputies also located several other devices in the house used to smoke marijuana.

Gurley was arrested and charged for the above crimes and given a $2,000.00 secured bond. His first appearance in court is today. The estimated value of the plants is $74,400.00.

During the investigation into the Domestic Disturbance, Deputies learned that Melonie Gurley 45, had assaulted Henry by pushing him to the ground and causing several abrasions to his arm and knees. Melonie had left the residence prior to deputies arrival. A warrant for her arrest was obtained  for Domestic Assault.

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