Solano County, a town in California I have heard of but have never been high enough on meth to visit, was the scene of a major marijuana bust last Wednesday. Yes, marijuana is still illegal under federal law. You forgot –didn’t you?
According to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, they gleefully arrested a Vallejo man they suspected was growing more than 400 marijuana plants in a northeast Vallejo residence. Was it his residence? We can only surmise. However, the estimated wholesale value of said bounty was worth more than a whopping $40,000. That’s a lot of rent that could have been paid.
More than 420 plants were in various stages of growth with additional plants already harvested and removed for sale. Additionally,(as is the case in any grow house) all but one door and a window were boarded up and/or fortified, and some interior walls were removed or reconstructed, according to police. In case you’re not sure what any of that means, let’s just say whoever was the brains behind this operation was serious about their business.
The poor sap who got popped, Jason Johnson, 39, was inside the residence when the warrant was served. Naturally, he was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a place to sell, give away or use a controlled substance, according to the sheriff’s office.
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.