Cops Bust Medical Pot Advocate for Child Porn!

Cops Bust Medical Pot Advocate for Child Porn!
Posted by FoM on December 28, 1998 at 06:35:54 PT

  SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco police have arrested a nationally known advocate of medical marijuana after a silent emergency alarm summoned them to an apartment where they found what they said was more than $60,000 worth of packaged pot, an elaborate growing operation and child pornography. 
  Robert Evans, who has described himself as director of Americans for Compassionate Use, was booked into County Jail this weekend on charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana and possession of child pornography, said Lt. Kitt Crenshaw.   Evans, 35, and his lawyer could not be reached for comment Sunday.   According to Crenshaw, events leading to the bust began late Friday night when officers received a silent commercial security alarm from an apartment. Believing it might have been triggered by someone having a medical emergency, officers forced their way into the rear of the apartment, he said.   Inside, they smelled burning marijuana and saw an incoherent man moving toward the front of the residence. As officers followed him to check on his health, they discovered an elaborate system for growing marijuana and called the police narcotics unit.   Narcotics officers obtained a search warrant and found 17 pounds of packaged marijuana and three bedrooms containing a total of 40 plants up to 6 feet tall, along with irrigation, lighting and temperature control systems, he said. They also found child pornography, Crenshaw said.   Evans is a longtime advocate of legalizing marijuana for medicinal use and recently had applied for a city permit to operate a medical marijuana club, according to Crenshaw.   He has prior pot arrests, Crenshaw said. One San Francisco case was dismissed, he said, and another is pending.   In 1996, police in Covington, Ky., raided an apartment across from the county courthouse where Evans allegedly operated a medical marijuana buying club. 
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