Home | Community | Message Board

Please support our sponsors.

Community >> The Smoke Lounge

Welcome to the Growery Message Board! You are experiencing a small sample of what the site has to offer. Please login or register to post messages and view our exclusive members-only content. You'll gain access to additional forums, file attachments, board customizations, encrypted private messages, and much more!

Jump to first unread post. Pages: 1
ribbit ribbit

Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 599
Loc: FL, USA
Last seen: 7 years, 2 hours
Motion of Acquittal GRANTED in Grow House Trials
    #190959 - 01/31/09 10:09 AM (7 years, 8 months ago)

Motion Of Acquittal Granted In Grow House Trial

Highlands Today
Published: January 21, 2009

SEBRING - A motion of acquittal was granted in the trial of a Lake Placid man charged with operating a grow house.
The motion was granted Thursday by Judge Peter Estrada on all counts against Alfredo Perez Castillo, 37, of 1022 Oriole St., in Leisure Lakes. The charges were grand theft, theft of a utility or cable service, cultivation of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"The judge's finding, as a matter of law, took it out of the jury's hands," said Assistant State Attorney David Ward, who prosecuted the case.

On Feb. 21, 2008 deputies with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant to search Castillo's residence and reportedly found lights, an irrigation system, ballasts, timers, outlets and an air conditioning system inside of an insulated room within the residence, according to a March 19 Highlands Today report.

Almost a month later, deputies made contact with Castillo after they were informed that he was the home's owner. The defendant reportedly told deputies that the last time he occupied the residence was in February.
Defense attorney Joe Concepcion, with the local public defender's office, said Castillo's brother, Ramiro Lopez Castillo, was living at the home, along with his girlfriend, Dailin Bruzon-Diaz, when the warrant was served. Alfredo, however, was living in Naples with his wife.

Alfredo had been allowing his brother to stay at the house in question, which was in the defendant's name, according to Concepcion. The power, however, was in another name. Also, a power diversion was found, but he said there was no evidence his client was responsible.

"The judge's main concern was the state did not meet their burden," Concepcion said.
Ward said he was trying to prove that Alfredo Castillo did occupy a room inside the home.
He pointed to items found in the room said to be the defendant's, such as a piece of dry cleaning with a ticket that had Alfredo's name on it and his 2007 tax paperwork.
"The judge is the finder of law," Ward said. "The jury is the finder of fact."

He added that both Ramiro Lopez Castillo and Bruzon-Diaz had previously pleaded no contest to charges of manufacturing marijuana, grand theft, tampering with theft of a utility or cable service and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were sentenced to seven months in county jail.

In the case of Alfredo Castillo, Ward would have liked to see the trial go the distance.
"I wish a jury could have made a determination," he said.

<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/hypnotoad.gif" alt="" />

Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
······· º¿° ·······
Male User Gallery

Registered: 05/08/01
Posts: 1,260
Loc: city of angels
Last seen: 1 day, 57 minutes
Re: Motion of Acquittal GRANTED in Grow House Trials [Re: t0ad]
    #190985 - 01/31/09 11:53 AM (7 years, 8 months ago)

Lucky guy.  Plausible deniability worked this time.  Good for him.

Do Your Part!


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Male User Gallery Arcade Champion: Roulette

Registered: 04/20/08
Posts: 7,600
Re: Motion of Acquittal GRANTED in Grow House Trials [Re: geokills]
    #190987 - 01/31/09 11:55 AM (7 years, 8 months ago)

Probably a fairly decent lawyer as well.

Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Jump to top. Pages: 1

Community >> The Smoke Lounge

Similar ThreadsPosterViewsRepliesLast post
* never grow when you're married!
( 1 2 3 all )
Yasi 4,649 44 11/03/08 12:04 AM
by still beLIEve
* Kid Busts Dads Grow Op RasJeph 952 3 01/22/09 12:58 PM
* How not to grow weed...
( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 all )
Hanky 16,662 134 09/07/10 12:37 AM
by andyistic
* If a friend gave you dank seeds to grow......
( 1 2 3 all )
Petergriffin467 5,805 40 08/02/09 12:32 PM
by Buddy
* Growing with a Card all1111 1,372 11 02/12/09 04:26 PM
by MistaUNGA
* Growing Op Slave of Cthulhu 800 3 04/01/09 02:00 PM
by Slave of Cthulhu
* Who grows indoors
( 1 2 all )
Coaster 5,804 31 08/04/08 04:34 PM
by Doitagain
* whether to tear down my entire grow or not
( 1 2 all )
yellownotepad 4,120 36 11/06/08 11:30 PM
by captain.koons

Extra information
You cannot start new topics / You cannot reply to topics
HTML is disabled / BBCode is enabled
Moderator: FurrowedBrow, Harry_Ba11sach, Stoneth, Dr. Siekadellyk
901 topic views. 1 members, 8 guests and 60 web crawlers are browsing this forum.
[ Toggle Favorite | Print Topic | Stats ]
Search this thread:
Please support our sponsors.

Copyright 1997-2016 Mind Media. Some rights reserved.

Generated in 0.035 seconds spending 0.003 seconds on 14 queries.