Teen Turns in Dad for Growing Pot 

Teen Turns in Dad for Growing Pot 
Posted by CN Staff on May 09, 2002 at 18:18:30 PT
By Ian Ith, Seattle Times Staff Reporter 
Source: Seattle Times
Fed up with living in a house that had become a marijuana nursery, a Covington teen picked up the phone and dialed 911 to turn in his own father Tuesday evening, sheriff's deputies said. "The kid said he was sick and tired of being around drugs and sick and tired of his dad doing drugs," King County sheriff's spokesman Greg Dymerski said. "He's a good kid, and his conscience got the best of him." 
The 38-year-old divorced father of three was booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of drug felonies after deputies carted off at least 40 plants, bags of dried and ready-to-sell marijuana buds and scales to measure the crop, Dymerski said. The 17-year-old, his 15-year-old sister and their 7-year-old brother went to stay with family friends, deputies said. The teen called 911 after 8 p.m. and told a dispatcher about the illicit garden in a room in the garage of the house. As deputies approached the house, in the 16800 block of 254th Place Southeast, they could smell the pot. "They could smell the stuff two or three houses away," Dymerski said. They cordoned off the house while they requested a search warrant. As they waited, the father drove up around 9 and was arrested. According to court records, he had been convicted of a drug felony in 1997 and was sentenced to community service. Sheriff's deputies said they don't actively encourage children to inform on their parents for minor indiscretions but that in this case the father had crossed the line. "The kid was being forced to sleep near where the drugs were growing," Dymerski said. "We're talking about a 17-year-old being subjected to obvious felony offenses." Source: Seattle Times (WA)Author: Ian Ith, Seattle Times Staff Reporter Published: Thursday, May 09, 2002Copyright: 2002 The Seattle Times CompanyContact: opinion seatimes.comWebsite: Article:Son Turns Dad in for Growing Pot
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