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Monthlong Narcotics Investigation Ends With 3 Arrests

Authorities found 120 high-grade marijuana plants, five pounds of high-grade marijuana, a firearm and $17,800 in cash at 312 Feghali Road.

After a monthlong narcotics investigation, San Diego County sheriff's detectives from the Ramona Substation arrested three residents on marijuana charges at 312 Feghali Road early Friday morning, the department said.

Due to a steel security screen, steel gates and aggressive dog at the home, the detectives received assistance from the SWAT Team during their search warrant at 6 a.m., said a news release.

The Sheriff's Department said the investigation and subsequent search of the residence revealed an indoor marijuana grow, with about 120 high-grade marijuana plants and 5 pounds of high-grade marijuana with a street value of $15,000.

Authorities said a firearm and $17,800 in cash were also found at the home.

Deputies arrested Joshua Bennett Day, 27; Justin Andrew Lambert, 29; and Doug Michael Politte, 27.

All three were being held on $20,000 or $25,000 bail and were scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in El Cajon Superior Court.

The department said they were booked for a variety of charges, including:

  • marijuana cultivation
  • possession of marijuana for sale
  • possession of a dangerous weapon
Erin Bean February 23, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Soooo what is the dangerous weapon the agressive dog or a firearm? LOL
Dawn Fletcher February 23, 2013 at 04:10 AM
I love it! Ramona sheriffs are really cleaning house!
Whisky Foxtrot February 23, 2013 at 07:06 AM
Marijuana is not a narcotic. Not all drugs are norcotics in the same way that not all cars are Linconl Continentals. So, if it was a "narcotics investigation" and all they found was marijuana, then they didn't get what they were after.
Cryptoclearance February 23, 2013 at 07:30 AM
Pot is a narcotic?
David B Secor February 23, 2013 at 02:04 PM
PLEASE SHERIFFS! Stop "protecting and serving us" with this idiotic and costly behavior. The dope - is the sheriff. More taxpayer money wasted as Ramona Sheriff's spend a MONTH investigating and then busting these folks for growing MJ. Clearly, sheriffs in Ramona can't find anything worthwhile to do, transfer those people to El Cajon, Escondido, or downtown S.D. - someplace where there are real crimes to be investigated. Taxpayers in this case would have been better served if these deputies had been paid to just stay home, rather than inflict us with the enormous costs WE must pay related to another stupid marijuana bust. We now have to waste many tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars incarcerating, prosecuting and if convicted housing these folks at $50K/yr in prison.
A Place in the Country February 23, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Really? A SWAT team and a "month long" investigation for a few plants? This is ridiculous. SHAME ON YOU for wasting taxpayer's money for a plant that is now legal in two states! I hope this gets thrown out of court.
FlyingTooLow February 23, 2013 at 05:46 PM
It is so comforting that the discovery, and subsequent removal, of these evil plants was made. Had this 'devil weed' fallen into the hands of some 'dope smoking derelict,' we would all be in danger. Goodness gracious! Our very lives, our children, our dogs, and kitty cats may have all been at risk. But, on the other hand: I smoked my first joint in December, 1967, at the tender age of 21. Now, a mere 44 years later, I still smoke pot. I have never 'graduated' to 'harder' drugs. Nor, have I ever harmed anyone. I am living proof that this prohibitionist propaganda is a fallacy...a blatant lie. The worst experience I had with marijuana was spending 5 years in Federal Prison for a pot offense. While there, I watched armed bank robbers come and go in as little as 20 months. When I went to the parole board after more than 3 years 'behind the wall,' I pointed this out to the panel members. Their response: "You must understand that yours was a very serious offense." I laughed about that for another 2 years (as I still sat in prison)...then wrote my book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank. I would be honored by your review.
FlyingTooLow February 23, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Would you like to save these young folks a lot of unpleasantness? Remember: Jury Nullification “It is not only [the juror's] right, but his duty … to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” —John Adams - 1771 Jurors should acquit, even against the judge's instruction...if exercising their judgement with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction that the charge of the court is wrong. --Alexander Hamilton, 1804
David B Secor February 23, 2013 at 06:19 PM
As a potential juror in federal court marijuana possession and transport for sale case, I told the judge regardless of the current law I would never vote to convict on a marijuana case, whether 2 ounces or 2 tons. Looking back, it would have been better to sit on a jury and vote "not guilty," thus ensuring the defendants were not convicted. The federal ban on MJ and hemp production (George Washington grew hemp!) is a disgrace. It's based on lies and disinformation. We, who are interested in justice, not just convictions, must employ jury nullification until the rest of the 50 states follow Colorado and Washington and finally force the feds to end the ban. Regarding MJ and hemp, it's the LAW that's a crime.
Ralph Nader February 23, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Legalize it and listen to will of people
FlyingTooLow February 23, 2013 at 07:55 PM
@ David B Secor... From what I've read re jury nullification, defense is not allowed to mention it...would be held in contempt of court. I was charged and convicted in the very early 1980's for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. I mentioned to my over priced attorney, could we not attack the law itself? His answer, 'Things don't work that way.' I should have fired his ass on the spot and represented myself. I could not have done any worse. I was given a 15 year sentence and spent 5 years in a Federal Prison. You are right...had you kept your thoughts to yourself, you could have saved someone a great deal of unpleasantness. Maybe other Americans will learn. And, I much agree...it's the LAW that's a crime.
CPT February 23, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Flying Low: "and you never harmed anyone"....except yourself and your family (if you have one). You spent 5 years in prison and are now a convicted felon. You committed a crime and it was no accident. Per your post, you conspired to grown marijuana in another country (presumably Mexico) and then smuggle it into our country for distribution and sale. 12,000 pounds is a lot of marijuana, so I assume this wasn't for personal use. The street value of 12,000 pounds probably exceeded a million dollars, and that's all tax free dollars in your pocket. Thats way more than any bank robber gets. You knew what you were doing was wrong, it was no accident. You weren't growing a plant in your closet to help a little old lady with cancer, you were growing hundreds of acres worth in a foreign country with visions of easy money in your head. You broke the law, you got caught, you went to prison. No sob story here, just plain stupidity.
FlyingTooLow February 23, 2013 at 09:56 PM
@CPT... Nope, I have no sob story...I have never whined about my punishment...yes, I knew exactly what I was doing...I planned every mission...I was guilty as sin...they caught me red-handed...I was a knave and a scoundrel because I 'broke the law.' Has it occurred to you, CPT, that the law is wrong? The cannabis prohibition laws do not belong in a 'free' country. The only point I try to make in my posts is that this is a FREE country. Many of our legislators have lost sight of that...as, have many of our citizens. If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so. - Thomas Jefferson I wish you the very best.
Sandi Simon February 25, 2013 at 03:58 AM
These people were my neighbors and regardless of what I think of marihuana it's the law still and I for one with 3 young children are glad that this happened .. They may very well be ok people but sometimes the people that come around for that stuff are far worse and subsequent things happen. I for one am thankful and rest more peaceful knowing they are gone. I had one interaction with them and they were not pleasant people. Do I believe MJ is bad .. No not always but bad in the wrong hands of bad people yes!
Elizabeth February 26, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Oh you mean when u ran one of them off the road in your escalade going 50mph on a dirt road? Yeah that was very unpleasant. You cussed him out while he stood there bleeding. You'll probably go to hell for that. Also u should stop letting your children drive motorized machinery with no helmets on. Your oldest one looks 12, hardly old enuf to control a lifted golf cart with her younger siblings in it at high speeds.
Elizabeth February 26, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Actually It was a 65 year old billy club that was passed down from one of the guys grandfathers who was a police office in Colorado. Oh and they have the documents to prove it.
C.C. Langley February 26, 2013 at 08:36 PM
shows you just how stupid this country is, if he would have had a arsenal of semi-automatic weapons he would have laws protecting him. When is the last time you read a headline"Pot smoker kills ex-wife or Person high on pot goes on a killing spree"? As for as not paying taxes, legalize it and start collecting your taxes.
C.C. Langley February 26, 2013 at 08:39 PM
What I meant to say is, if you want to protect me, get the guns off the street, not the pot.

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