The following, very proud, weed-porn-filled press release seemed to call for a New York Post headline.
(January 23, 2012)- A concerned citizen called police after smelling burning marijuana in a 7th Ward neighborhood this weekend. After investigating, officers hauled off a local man for running a booming drug business from his apartment. The man had approximately $50,000 worth of marijuana in the location.
Officers went to a building in the 1700-block of Lapeyrouse Street at around 10:45 last Saturday night, and picked up on the scent themselves. Soon after they arrived, 45-year-old Troy Ray stuck his head out of a second floor window to ask the officers why they were there. The officers explained, and then heard dogs barking and what sounded like someone scurrying about inside the structure, which prompted the officers to call for back-up and set a perimeter around the location. At one point, Ray tried to make a break for it through the back of the building. When doing so, he discarded a dark backpack on the ground. Officers were quick to apprehend him and recover the bag.
When officers searched the backpack, they found 2 brown bags and a container stuffed with marijuana. They also seized $512 in cash. When questioned, Ray gave officers the impression that more of the drug was inside the building, so they obtained a narcotics search warrant to look inside. A search of the building revealed that Ray was running a “grow operation.” One bedroom had 165 marijuana plants that were growing under heat lamps. There were also many items of drug paraphernalia as well as more containers of marijuana. Officers also found a bag of psilocybin (mushrooms) and a digital scale. The total weight of marijuana plants and bags/containers of marijuana was about 45 pounds. That has a street value of approximately $50,000.
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Photos of the marijuana seized are attached to this release.
Ray was arrested and booked with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of Psilocybin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
“This is yet another situation where we were able to shut down a drug dealer’s business because a concerned citizen suspected something was up and contacted police”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “The size of this suspect’s operation indicates that he was possibly making a career out of selling illegal drugs. Because his 'clients' won’t be coming to this area anymore, this 7th Ward neighborhood is now a safer place.”