Charges dropped against five in major pot bust

Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

Marijuana law 'nebulous' in Calif.,assistant DA says

The case involving one of the largest indoor marijuana seizures in Del Norte County is close to resolution.

In July 2010, the Sheriff's Office Felony Investigations Unit searched a property at 197 Ames Way, finding about 5,000 marijuana plants and more than 50 pounds of dried marijuana, authorities said.

Sheriff's Commander Bill Steven said it was the largest indoor marijuana grow he'd seen in the county since he joined the Sheriff's Office 25 years ago.

Authorities arrested seven people as part of the bust - six of them had driven up while the premises were being scoured.

The FIU also searched another house at 500 Spyglass Road in Smith River, seizing 240 plants they believed were tied to the Ames Way operation and arresting another man.

The grow was believed to be connected to a collective in the Sacramento area, authorities said.

Charges have been dismissed against five of the people arrested, another man's case is still active and the main defendant, Sean Eaddy, 38, has accepted a deal in which he will plead guilty to a felony charge of maintaining a place for drug sales and a misdemeanor charge of possession of concentrated cannabis, receive three years' informal probation and pay $15,000 as part of the eradication costs for the marijuana, court documents state.

But the felony charge will be dismissed if he pays the $15,000 by his July sentencing date.

The five people who had their charges dismissed were helping hands for Eaddy, said Assistant District Attorney Katherine Micks.

"We didn't want to proceed against them," said Micks.

The case was mired by motions, as is usually the situation with marijuana-related prosecutions, Micks said.

"Marijuana law is rather nebulous in California," said Micks.

Adding to the haziness is the continual evolution of precedent-setting cases regarding what can be considered proper medical marijuana practices, Micks said.

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