Early morning traffic stop leads police to pot grow operation

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 12:20pm

An East Nashville couple was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly growing a large amount of marijuana inside their home, police said.

An officer working a traffic stop said he noticed the scent of marijuana coming from a home, which he eventually narrowed down to 1228 Chester Ave. before calling for backup.

After obtaining a search warrant, police said inside the home they found 245 marijuana plants, about three pounds of processed marijuana and grow equipment, including lights, timers, thermometers and plant food.

Joseph Janos, 44, and Jessica Tate, 26, were arrested and now face felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance in a drug free school zone and possessing drug paraphernalia.

The couple’s home was within 1,000 feet of Cora Howe Elementary School. Both were in jail Wednesday morning on $125,000 bond each.

11 Comments on this post:

By: Motorshag on 10/26/11 at 12:34

Drugs are bad, M'kay,

By: simplesimon on 10/26/11 at 12:36

simplesimonDid the cop get a contact buzz, thats alot of pot.

By: dargent7 on 10/27/11 at 6:20

Bad karma.
Marijuana is a benign herb grown from Nature.
Let's just all get a 6 pack of Budweiser, ok?

By: Loner on 10/27/11 at 7:07

The cop should be immediately transferred to the K-9 unit....he's got a nose for trouble.

Get rid of the police dogs, this sniffing cop has put the drug-sniffing dogs to shame...he has a long-range sniffing ability...his olfactory proboscis must be huge and well-developed....is it PC to inquire as to the officer's ethnicity? Guy's gotta have a huge honker.

Recently, Curry Todd was arrested for driving while intoxicated with a loaded firearm....his bail was a lousy $2,000, as I recall. These herb farmers are in jail on bond of $125,000 each. This is quite ridiculous, people.

A drunk driver, with a loaded firearm in the vehicle is a more clear and present danger to your community than these Cannabis farmers are. Your laws do not reflect the reality of the situation. You got it @ss backwards in Tennessee. ("Deliverance " theme music here.)

By: bluesman3145 on 10/27/11 at 7:53

Wow. How many grow operations could be stopped by K-9 units simply walking the streets of high-risk areas twice each year? I know seeing a copy walk a beat would be shocking to most so maybe they could do it on a Segway so as not to alarm the citizens that too much exercise/exertion is going on.

By: RTungsten on 10/27/11 at 8:09

Problem is, they get more revenue if they are out running radar.

By: dargent7 on 10/27/11 at 8:43

How is it possible, a cop doing a "traffic stop", smells weed in a house?
This "illegal search & seisure", will be thrown out of court.
A warrant based on a wiff of weed from across the street?
And there were 3 guys sitting on a porch across the street drinking two cases of beer.
Then drove home.

By: Motorshag on 10/27/11 at 2:30

@RTungsten: You are soooooo sooooo correct my friend. On my street alone, we have 3 speed traps. I am so sick of these cops!

By: swineninety9 on 10/27/11 at 4:29

From now on police will be refered to as "revenue generating representatives" and felons as "unpaid labor volunteers." Those growers obviously did not pay their cut to the banks.

By: Loner on 10/29/11 at 9:40

The authorities in Nashville are using humans to sniff for Cannabis, because the police dogs are being used to harass peaceful protesters on the capital campus, in Nashville.

It's a cost-control measure, due to recently tightened police budgets. One cop like this weed-sniffing guy and several police dogs can be safely transferred over to "Homeland Security" crowd-control units. More budget money is there, with Homeland Security.

And unlike a dope-sniffing dog, this cop is his own handler... a further savings of taxpayer's money.

This Cannabis-sniffing police officer should be a guest on Jay Leno's show...Jay could have some fun with this one.

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