Case of indoor pot farm will go to trial
More than 10 pounds of marijuana, from plants hanging in the bathroom to jars containing the drug in the living room, were allegedly discovered by authorities last year along a house on Nadowa Street.
Monday testimony from two El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives described the marijuana-filled house where Jesse Forrest Brown, 24, and Jesse Troy Oswald, 20, lived. Each is charged with felonies of possession of marijuana for sale, cultivating marijuana and possession of concentrated marijuana.
El Dorado County Superior Court Presiding Judge Suzanne Kingsbury found enough cause to send the case to trial. A hearing to set a trial date was scheduled for April 7 at 8:30 a.m.
Brown, Oswald and Kyle Eads were roommates at a house they rented along the 1700 block of Nadowa Street which runs parallel to Pioneer Trail, authorities said. A deputy driving past the house spotted a marijuana plant at a front window last March.
Brown and Oswald are out of custody. A warrant is out for Eads’ arrest.
Attorneys for Brown and Oswald, Timothy Warriner and Olaf Hedberg, respectively, referred to a medical marijuana form attached to a wall in the grow room by duct tape. The recommendation was valid for a year starting in January 2005.
The attorneys also highlighted the lack of payrolls sheets common for drug dealers. Warriner questioned sheriff’s detective Daniel Bears on the storage of some of the marijuana in black plastic bags.
“Is that how marijuana is packaged for sale?” Warriner asked.
“No,” Bears said.
Detective Greg Almos testified a scale was found in the kitchen and $3,000 was discovered in Eads’ bedroom.
Hedberg once questioned Almos on what was found in Oswald’s room that related to the arrest. Almos answered that authorities found only a half-ounce of marijuana in the closet.
Bears said he thought the operation was for profit.
“My opinion was this marijuana was possessed for purposes of sale,” he said.
When authorities first entered the house, a grow room was discovered in a southwest bedroom where only stems were seen emerging from pots. At times defense attorneys questioned the detectives on how there were no weapons and marijuana seeds were found in the house.
A good portion of questioning related to the air filter attached to the wall between the grow room and bathroom. The filter cleaned air from the grow room to different rooms or outside. There were holes for ventilation in the floor and another wall, the detectives said.
The two defense attorneys are expected to file motions in attempts to limit testimony and evidence accepted by the court.
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