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A local newspaper reported the other day that John Devoe and Clare Holmes of Arcata have been sentenced to a mere 30 days in jail for operating a criminal marijuana growing conspiracy spanning four Arcata homes during 2007.

Frankly, we find this story to be absolutely shocking. These people were operating four separate grow houses in Arcata, had $20,000 in a brown paper bag, owned stocks and bank accounts worth over $40,000, were caught with 21 pounds of pot, and had PG&E records suggesting the operation had been underway for a long time.

There is no mention of the couple being prop 215 medical patients growing for any legitimate reason, so we assume this was straight-up criminal conspiracy to distribute marijuana. And yet they only got 30 days of jail time. These people bought up 6 properties in Humboldt County and grew pot for profit and presumably to help pay their 6 mortgages. They operated this criminal ring for many months (at least) before an anonymous tipster gave them up to the Drug Task Force and they were finally busted for their crimes. And yet they are only going to jail for 30 days? Something sounds fishy here.

The news article even states that the sentencing range for marijuana cultivation is from 16 months to three years in prison. So then, how the hell did these people get off with only 30 days in jail? What gives? It sounds like Devoe and Holmes are contributing greatly to some of the problems in Arcata, and yet they are merely slapped on the wrist and then set free to start up another illegal conspiracy... *sigh*

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By sohumjoe, on Jul 2, 2008 - 0:03
they rolled on somebody. Duh

reference please

By The Authors, on Jul 2, 2008 - 14:22
Really? Do you actually know this or are you just speculating. Perhaps the DA simply won't bring the hammer down on anything pot related, regardless of how big, how greedy, or how illegal the conspiracy is...

move to the bible belt prick

By sam, on Jul 18, 2008 - 16:21
you want people in jail for 3 years for growing a plant! Id hit you in the head with a steel pipe, turn you into a vegetabole and only get two years! do peaceful pot growers deserve to share a cell with child molesters? I dont think so!


By ided, on May 26, 2009 - 1:58

john swanson

By mr., on Sep 22, 2009 - 15:43
maybe its because the DEA has realized over the past 30 years that buds dont carry the huge violence train with them nearly as much as say meth, coke or heroin would.

By Johnny, on Nov 30, 2009 - 6:08
Its the law,NOT the plant that destroys peoples lives.

"move to the bible belt"

By moving to ca, on Jan 6, 2010 - 8:56
Agreed! What the fuck is this article, i thought this was humboldt news, not dakota news.

anyone that seriously publishes something like this so blatant against mj in the humboldt news (if that's what this is from) needs to just move

30 days?

By Person, on Nov 8, 2010 - 19:41
According to the DA press release, the $66,000 in cash and 'monies' were released by the defendants. Who kept those 'monies' is the question and perhaps the answer to why they were given only 30 days. Very curious though...

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