Police find 20 marijuana plants in sting of home-growing operation

Monday, February 23, 2009 | 7:30 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Twenty marijuana plants were found early Monday afternoon in a southwest Columbia home, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. Police are still searching for the suspect.

At 1:48 p.m. Monday, the police department assisted the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Drug Group (MUSTANG) drug task force to execute a drug-related search warrant at 3104 Crawford St., the release said. The warrant resulted from an investigation into an indoor marijuana-growing operation at the residence.

At the residence, officers found 20 marijuana plants at various stages of growth, two “turn-key” grow boxes used to grow indoor marijuana, numerous chemicals and fertilizers associated with growing indoor marijuana and multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

The suspect, who was not in the residence when the warrant was served, is Jason L. Boley, 30. He is being sought by police on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Eric Cox February 24, 2009 | 8:18 a.m.

One more person's life ruined by the pursuit of injustice. MUSTANG (Strike Team) is it just me or are the police taking this para-military BS too far, this doesn't protect or serve me, waste of tax money.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 24, 2009 | 8:29 a.m.

Eric Cox it might not protect you per say but it does protect innocent children in our area and that is worth all of the cost.

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Matt Y February 24, 2009 | 9:20 a.m.

Funny, I don't think the article mentions how many children were harmed.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 24, 2009 | 9:44 a.m.

Matt Y you miss the point that there may not be harm directly but alot of times it is indirectly by the parents or relatives of those children buying the drugs which could and does or would often times result is child neglect on various levels.

That is the point alot fail to accept the reality there of.

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tod surewood February 24, 2009 | 9:49 a.m.

Wow. 20 plants. How many millions of dollars did this amazing bust cost?

I don't think our country can afford this nonsense any more. Legalize and tax. End gang warfare. Release non-violent drug offenders. Send people to rehab instead of jail.

The drug war is a failed policy. It is immoral, unwise, and unjust. And now we must view it as simply too expensive to continue.

Can somebody help me off this high horse? Thanks.

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Mr. CynicAl February 24, 2009 | 9:53 a.m.

The Columbia Police Department should go raid Flat Branch brewery right now. I know a lot of people, especially children, who have been harmed by alcohol abuse. Alcohol increases the instances of domestic violence, rape, murder and other crimes of passion.
Go get the real drug manufacturers. Over 21,000 people died from alcohol consumption in 2005. 0 people died from inhaling marijuana.

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Karen Stephens February 24, 2009 | 9:58 a.m.

So he has a garden. He's not hurting anyone. He hasn't sold anything to kids. The world would be a calmer place if weed replaced alcohol, pills. It's been proven to be beneficial in the medical world. The plants could be utilized the same way as trees, for paper, jewelry, clothes. The joints could be sold and taxed to get the bad stuff off the streets. The farmers could grow crops where maybe they can't grow other stuff. Come on America, get with it. Marijuana isn't the devil weed. Marijuana hasn't killed anyone. Alcohol kills people everyday.

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Jane Doe February 24, 2009 | 10:07 a.m.

You guys seriously have missed the point!! You are all getting all bent out of shape because of them NOT getting things you think they should have. They did their job...did they say this was the last one?? Let them do their job and you guys go out and do yours. So what if a little weed never hurt anyone...its illegal...period. Just like you cant do 50 mph in a school dont like it...fight it...if you arent going to do anything about it quit talking s**t about it.

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Mr. CynicAl February 24, 2009 | 10:15 a.m.

Yes it's too much to blame the cops, they're just mechanical enforcers of laws. They have no free will and neither the ability or authority to decide what's harmful and what's not. Jane Doe makes a good point.
That's why I'm fully in favor of the legalization of cannabis. It would also boost our tax base here while allowing cops to go after violent offenders, child pornography and rape cases - you know, real crime.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 24, 2009 | 10:50 a.m.

Some people miss the points about the growing and selling of pot in general.

If the grower knows his stuff he can pull 3 full harvestings out of his cash crop and that does equal alot of money in street value over time.

Now you times that by 20 plants and that is alot of pot on the street no matter how you count it up and if it is real good pot it will bring in a higher cash value than say the baled up stuff coming out of Mexico.

Now you break all of that pot down into 1/8 oz bags at say $50.00 a bag and there are 8 bags to the oz it really adds up.

Now if one plant you pull 3 full oz's off of,times that by 20 plants and you do the math.

Now you times each 1/8 sold to a parent of children at $50.00 a pop. Instead of buying the food or clothing the kids might need they go buy these bags of pot instead and get all stoned out while the kids go with out who are thew real victims of this crime wave. The children of those parents suffer the most out of it all.

Also remember that the parents are going to be getting the munchies as well so naturally they will not look to healthy eating so the kids will get to dine on more Taco Bell,Burger King,Pizza and other fast forms of junk food and not be getting the real healthy diets they should be.

Then you say you want this legalized too? Can you imagine even more parents stoned all of the time and more young children on the end of the abuse lined out above?

No wonder why kids are failing in our schools these days. No wonder our society is in decline. You legalize it and watch it decline even more.

It does not take a wood cutter to see the forest through the trees.

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Mr. CynicAl February 24, 2009 | 10:55 a.m.

Charles Dudley,

Or, young cannabis users can become a Harvard law professor or the president of the United States. See: Obama.

He inhaled frequently. "That was the point." He succeeded in ways you or I have not. Hail to the c h i e f!

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Matt Y February 24, 2009 | 11:19 a.m.

Chuck, now you're grasping at straws. We've had this argument in six different threads, so I won't cover old ground, but I want to get something clear. You oppose legalization of marijuana, in part, because parents might buy pizza bagels instead of celery sticks? Aren't millions of parents fattening their kids that way without drugs? Should that be a crime?

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Charles Dudley Jr February 24, 2009 | 1:00 p.m.

Matt Y come out of the haze kid and walk into the light.

You totally miss the point and I bet you have never really seen the dark sides of drug abuse that are not posted in the newspapers or seen on TV have you?

If so what was the worse thing you saw that can be posted here?

Get a grip on reality instead of what you have been gripping in the past.

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Anton Berkovich February 24, 2009 | 1:02 p.m.

I wonder if Chuck is for the outlawing of alcohol, since that would surely reduce domestic abuse and help children get better grades.

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Ray Shapiro February 24, 2009 | 1:53 p.m.

Kudos to CPD for doing their job.

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tod surewood February 24, 2009 | 1:53 p.m.

"That is the point alot fail to accept the reality there of."

If you could form a grammatically coherent sentence, I might be more inclined to listen to your argument, Chuck.

My argument against using law enforcement in this way is utilitarian. There is no net benefit and it's very costly. Your argument is based on specious reasoning (won't SOMEBODY think of the CHILDREN?!?) and a false notion of marijuana's legendary status as a 'gateway drug.'

No rational person can examine this issue from an historic perspective (alcohol prohibition) and conclude that drug prohibition benefits anyone but organized crime. If one also contrasts our policies with the drug policies in other western democracies, our "drug war" cannot be considered a success on any level.

Also, what "child" (not, say, a teenager with a job) has fifty bucks for an eighth of weed? Your kids must have awesome allowances.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 24, 2009 | 2:09 p.m.

Art Vandelay first off I am in for more education in the home first as I have openly stated here many times over which it is quite obvious alot of parents are failing at these days and have been failing at for a very very long time.

Next comes more education on the matter in our schools which once again I have openly stated too many times to count on this site.

tod surewood on the statement of the $50.00 bag I was talking about the parents of those abused kids not the kids themselves. Learn how to read instead of being manic about the issue.

Come of of the fog you will feel better.

I have seen the dark side of this entire drug issue from beginning to the sad end too many times to count. It is not very pretty at all. Too bad you are in such denial or maybe the fact you have lived a very very sheltered life that you might just by chance be uneducated about the darker truths of how pot can be a gateway drug.

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Eric Cox February 25, 2009 | 5:39 p.m.

"Come out of the fog", "you are in denial" 'you have led a sheltered life", really, veiled insults followed by weak logic Charles Dudley you truly fit the description of you can't reason someone out of something they were never reasoned into in the first place.
And "to protect the children" that's the most emotional trite BS anyone spouts when they can't formulate an actual argument. As if raiding a home and hauling the parents off to prison is protecting the kids. Please parents fail all the time and they may choose to , drink, smoke pot, take prescription medication (the legal way to get high), they may just be lazy.
Crime is out of control, home invasions, thugs street dealing, prohibition has never worked and it is most definitely failing now. But go on, hold onto those ridiculous failed methods.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 25, 2009 | 6:10 p.m.

Eric Cox so what do you propose smart guy just letting chaos rein supreme in our area?

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Anton Berkovich February 25, 2009 | 6:47 p.m.

I propose the use of commas, Charles.

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Mark Foecking February 25, 2009 | 7:28 p.m.

Chuck sez:

"Eric Cox so what do you propose smart guy just letting chaos rein supreme in our area?"

It doesn't reign supreme in Amsterdam, Chuck, and they've jad legal pot for a while now, as well as prostitution. You can't keep people from getting drugs. All you can do is make them be criminals for doing it. Obviously it is not stopping most of them.

If someone could buy their pot (or even other drugs) at a store, would they have to shoot someone (or be shot) in a back alley drug deal? No. Do people rob and kill over alcohol now (which is a lot more addictive and debilitating than pot is)? Not significantly. Why would legalizing marijuana lead to "chaos"?


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Charles Dudley Jr February 25, 2009 | 7:55 p.m.

Mark Foecking I've explained it al here,on the Trib and elsewhere too many times to be repeating myself over and over.

Just go review the articles and you will find your answer.

Better yet why don't you do research into DFS's archives about incidents of drugs in the home and how they are connected to child neglect cases then come back and talk to me.

Think bigger and broader than a bread box unless you are stuck inside of the bread box and cannot find the opener to get out.

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Ray Shapiro February 25, 2009 | 9:37 p.m.

While I contend that Richard Nixon took his cannabis problem a little bit too far and there needs to be some adjustments to the legal system's handling of marijuana, I believe that the medical community, AMA and their attorneys may be the best ones to determine how to address pot reform.
A doctor from Alaska wrote:
Marijuana Should Remain Illegal.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 26, 2009 | 2:15 p.m.

Cannabis Researchers In Appeal For Volunteers

People are being urged to take part in a new study which aims to investigate the links between cannabis use and mental health. Past and present cannabis users, as well as those who have never touched the drug, are needed to take part in the project, which is being led by researchers at Nottingham Trent University.

The project involves participants responding to an anonymous survey via an online link:

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Eric Cox February 27, 2009 | 10:07 a.m.

Well Charles, chaos is reining supreme, robberies, shootings, home invasions, things seem pretty chaotic to me. And how about the drug war that is raging south of the border, some officials are now saying the Mexican government may collapse. Prohibition doesn't work now, it has never worked, and it will never work.
How about we spend the money we waste on the drug war to make an immediate, direct,and positive impact on the lives of underprivileged children, instead of using it to promote the growth of gangs. Just a though.

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Ricky Gurley February 27, 2009 | 10:35 a.m.

Chuck says: "Mark Foecking I've explained it al here,on the Trib and elsewhere too many times to be repeating myself over and over."

As if Chuck is an authority on the subject.... What shall we ask are his qualifications to make such a statement here?

But, I'd rather get my information from Mark Foecking on the effects of marijuana on the population. Below are some of his credentials:
doctorate, biochemistry
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

master's degree, physical chemistry
Seoul National University

bachelor's degree, chemistry
Seoul National University

This is what I am talking about here. We should all have the right to inform the public (since we ARE the public) of the source behind the information that is being posted here. I am sure that we would not want our family, friends, and neighbors to follow an ignorant line of information.

Chuck, with NO credentials or Mark with EXTREMELY WELL QUALIFIED credentials?


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Popo Fda March 23, 2009 | 8:28 p.m.

Yeah man all of those NO Good Mexican Locos back in the early 1900s killed lots of people as a result of Marihuana smoking. They became insane after just one puff of the stuff but apparently only Mexicans suffered from this side effect or the people who wrote the Consitution on the Hemp they grew would have also been Loco Murdering No good Wetbacks. The fact that hemp produced direct competion to the deforestation of land owned by powerful people wispering in the ears of legislature had nothing to do with how after 8000+ years of this plant being the most widely used medical remedy that it suddenly became EXTREMELY dangerous. It was dangerous all right, because if it was legal we may have prevented a lot of deforestation and global warming which was the result of the New Paper owner who invested in the limber industry publishing lies through the media. This would have cut into the profits of the media and the phamecutical manufactures. Yep, everything the media and government says is always true and they only think about what is best for the people of this country. Legalize Alcohol and spend billions of dollars a year to incarcerate those who use something their ancesters used for 8000+ years with no ill effects. Sure people relax on it and they assult the frosted flakes. Believe all the lies you want but I suggest you reseach things and then ask yourself why we spend billoins of dollars keeping people locked up for something much better for our country than Alcohol or even tobacco which unlike marijuana are addictive! Idea: Legalize Pot, release all the prisoners who only have pot convictions. Then we can cut back on law enforcement, the legal system and prisons by 30% and eliminate the federal deficit without even needing to tax this stuff. You have been duped in the interest of personal gains of the rich and lying who would prefer you to just stay the poor and dying! Go arrest more of those dangerous pots users why don't you and keep on taxing those who have not been caught to keep them locked up at $35,000+ per year or more not to mention the criminal process costs which might be as high as $250,000 for a single arrest and conviction! I Hate when people agree with something they know nothing about!

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Popo Fda March 23, 2009 | 8:39 p.m.

Forgot to mention that I permantly injured my back in 1987 and have a perscription for Oxicodone that I have not filled since 1990 as a result of this nasty drug called POT! The only side effect that I can see is that some varieties seem to be demotivating and I stopped taking medications for ADD right along with the Oxicodone. Really, I think I need to go to jail for eliminating addictive and dangerous narcotics from my body with something that I can grow in my closet that harms no one! Oh yeah, when you vaporize the stuff or ingest it there is nothing to cause cancer the enters the body and from what I understand the ingestion of it actually cleanses the colon too! Prohibition causes problems because it's illegal not the plant itself!

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Kyle DuBreuil March 26, 2009 | 2:18 p.m.

A majority of parents that I have seen to be abusive were alcoholics not potheads. I've met more than enough parents that smoke pot and are fully functioning caring adults... I've also met many abusive parents that don't smoke pot. To say smoking pot makes a parent abusive is preposterous. A majority of people in jail for abuse are African American, does that mean African Americans are abusive or that being an African American makes you abusive? No. The belief that smoking pot makes people abusive and neglectful towards their children is completely unfounded. Did you ever think it's the abusive parents that may be more likely to smoke pot in addition to other drugs, but not the actual smoking of the pot that makes them abusive? Did you ever think that those parents would be abusive regardless of their pot smoking? Don't base your ideas on statistics if you aren't a damn actuary and can't interpret the facts properly.

What does alcohol do medicinally? It makes liver cancer less likely if you drink a glass of red wine a day. Marijuana does far better things... and causes far less instances of violence or car accidents. If you are going to ban a drug on senseless made up and misinterpreted "facts" then you should ban them all for being drugs, not for being "bad" drugs.

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Joe Gibbs June 29, 2009 | 1:19 a.m.

Its ironic of course that the geniuses that thought up the acronym “MUSTANG” negated the “d” for drug”. Quite fitting as this couldn’t be a less successful strategy at dealing with drug and drug related problems. Once again, my admiration to the meathead that forgot the most important part of Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics DRUG Group.

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Richie Cunningham July 4, 2009 | 1:24 p.m.

What is really the gateway drug? Alcohol and tobacco are common drugs that can be found anywhere and used by anyone. The availability of these drugs makes it easier for kids to get and abuse at a young age. Studies have found that alcohol and tobacco abuse may lead to other illegal drug use. alcohol and tobacco were important “gateway” drugs and led to increased use of other illegal drugs.Marijuana use was not a necessary stage for the progression to other illicit drug use as 29% of current users of other illicit drugs reported never using marijuana”.

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Richie Cunningham July 4, 2009 | 1:29 p.m.

Have you ever done anything you regret later while smoking marijuana?

Have you ever done anything under the influence of marijuana that you wouldn’t normally do?

no and no

with alcohol, yes and yes

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Charles Dudley Jr July 4, 2009 | 1:54 p.m.

Interesting article I found today about Pot:

Calif. regulators warn of pot's cancer capability

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Ray Shapiro July 4, 2009 | 2:19 p.m.

All drugs have side effects.
You put yourself at-risk when you use drugs.

All civilized societies have laws.
Breaking laws have their consequences.

That is the side effect of living in a civilized society.

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Richie Cunningham July 6, 2009 | 1:50 p.m.

milk has side effects if you drink too much of it

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Ray Shapiro July 6, 2009 | 7:36 p.m.

Milk is the gateway drug, Richie.
Especially when it comes straight from Mom.

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