Police find alleged drug operation in raid of 12South area home

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:06pm
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George Martin Van Tassel III

The Metro Nashville Police Department discovered a marijuana grow operation during a raid of a house in between Belmont Boulevard and Granny White Pike on Thursday night.

George Martin Van Tassel III, 37, was arrested during the raid at 1520 Ferguson Ave., in which police allege they found 42 marijuana plants, 10 pounds of processed marijuana in jars, marijuana brownies, 10 grams of mushrooms, a shotgun, a pistol, grow lights, fertilizer and digital scales.

Van Tassel, the owner of the home, refused to be interviewed by detectives, according to a department release. He is being held in lieu of $37,000, and faces felony charges of marijuana, mushroom and gun possession. 

23 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 2/1/13 at 9:47

And another one bites the dust! Great work, officers!

By: courier37027 on 2/2/13 at 3:40

Had this arrest been a Titans player, TITAN1 would be defending player, possibly contributing to defense fund.

By: TITAN1 on 2/2/13 at 9:18

C, were you born with your brain defect or did it just develop over time?

By: willtw on 2/3/13 at 10:01

Titan, you know there will always be someone to take an exception with about anything you could say....just meaningless gibberish! And shows just how very brainless they are!

By: Ask01 on 2/4/13 at 6:23

An excellent point, courier37027. The degree of support would, of course, depend on the value of the player to the team's laughable attempts to get out of the cellar.

Now, just consider, were this a legal product, instead of spending vast sums of money to interdict a small percentage of the 'devil weed,' the state could be receiving tax revenue instead.

Prohibition was such a huge success, right?

By: Jughead on 2/4/13 at 8:35

He looks so clean cut. I would never imagine he was a drug dealer.

By: littlegeo on 2/4/13 at 9:07

Mug shot suggests he has made peace with his misfortune.

By: jsabrown on 2/4/13 at 12:53


Good work, officers, you arrested a gardener for gardening. It's a good thing he's not comely or wealthy, else we might have cause for concern that you're out arresting, you know, gardeners.

Then there's the message that it's okay to own an AR15 for personal protection, but you better not buy a Remington 870 to protect your garden. No sirree. That's wrong!

*point* *laugh*

By: Jughead on 2/4/13 at 1:45

@ jassbrown: Were you trying to be funny? Azzhat buttwype.

By: jsabrown on 2/4/13 at 2:12

Naw, Juggie. Appealing to your amusement would presuppose a latrine.

By: TITAN1 on 2/4/13 at 8:48

Ask01, I don't support use of illegal drugs no matter who is doing them. Those who support pot heads and coke heads are no better than those doing it. In fact, if you support them, you are probably one of them. Use of these drugs don't just hurt the idiot using them they also hurt their loved ones and other innocent people. People who have to get high are LOSERS and need help!

By: Ask01 on 2/5/13 at 1:06

Sorry to burst your faulty logic bubble, TITAN1, but I don't, have never, and at this point in my life, never will use "illegal" drugs. I also don't smoke, and have only a very rare drink from time to time. Your assumption, it seems, reaches the same result as always when people assume.

I support the legalization of at least marijuana because I compare the failed war on drugs to the failed social experiment refered to as Prohibition. So many resources wasted to interdict so little of an item which people are going to use anyway.

All the efforts to enforce prohibition could not stop alcohol. Law enforcement trumpets loudly every large drug bust, but considering the ubiquitous nature of many drugs, I wonder what the cost versus benefit ratio would show. Like prohibition, the only people benefitting are the suppliers.

The government could take a huge chunk out of organized crime by legalizing marijuana. The big money in the drug trade would dry up since the costs are presumably to compensate for the risk of being caught. No risk, no high prices, less crime committed to support a habit, and with the stigma removed, fewer people with drug convictions and turning to crime as a means of support because they can't find a job.

We could put thousands of law enforcement out of a job as well as prison guards, judges and the ever lucrative, and often ineffective drug counsellors.

Not to mention the tremendous tax revenue the state could enjoy from selling a product people are going to use no matter the law, with much less money going to crime bosses.

Having an easy access to drugs, it is logical to assume the manufacture and use of more dangerous and addicitive synthetic drugs would also decline. I believe people turn to these dangerous synthetic drugs as an alternative to other "natural" (for lack of a better descriptive term) substances because of our current archaic laws.

You keep those blinders on, though, if it makes you feel better. Have a good stiff drink and a cigarette and fume about the "illegal" drug users while you enjoy your legal drugs.

I'm certain the drug trade workers love people like you who keep their livelihood booming.

By: TITAN1 on 2/5/13 at 5:52

Pot DOES lead to more powerful drugs and IS addicting. I have seen first hand the dangerous effects of pot which is similar to alcohol. As I said, getting high or drunk is for idiots and the weak minded and leads to other crime. BTW, I don't smoke or drink. In a way, I can see where you are coming from, but I don't agree with it. As many drunk drivers that are on the road, I think legalizing pot would make it worse. I know people personally who have let drugs or alcohol take over their lives. It not only hurts themselves, it hurts their families. I think your view is with good intentions, but I don't agree with the results. I also think collecting taxes off of these things doesn't offset the dangers.

By: Jughead on 2/5/13 at 8:08

@jassbrown: Comprehensible writing is a noble goal. I could help, but I do not associate with rancid turds. Good luck.

By: Itsalcoholbuddy on 2/5/13 at 1:06

@TITAN1 "ALCOHOL DOES lead to more powerful drugs and IS addicting. I have seen first hand the dangerous effects of alcohol which is FAR MORE dangerous than marijuana."


By: TITAN1 on 2/5/13 at 2:09

Both have been proven to be addicting.

By: Jughead on 2/5/13 at 3:37

America is hopelessly addicted to prescription and illegal drugs. This will not end well....

All part of the downward spiral.

By: Itsalcoholbuddy on 2/5/13 at 4:18

I can't even begin to count the number of people among my own family whose lives have been wrecked and destroyed via alcohol. Dead family members and relatives who were either killed by a drunk driver or slowly killed themselves through alcohol. A friend who choked on his own vomit from too much alcohol and the list goes on.-others who have been hospitalized or through rehab or face alcoholism daily. I also know many potheads. I've never met one whose life has been ruined from weed unless it had to do in a case like this where it was a run in with the law. The time is past due to end the prohibition on weed. It is a failed policy and will always be until it is repealed.

By: TITAN1 on 2/5/13 at 7:48

We don't need to legalize something else that destroys brain cells and cause people to do things they would not do if they were not under the influence. It is as bad as alcohol and destroys lives. I HAVE SEEN IT FIRSTHAND! Getting high or drunk is STUPID and DANGEROUS and it puts others in danger. Getting high or drunk is a way to forget your troubles, but then when the buzz wears off or you sober up, the troubles are not only still there, they are compounded. Only the weak minded use drugs or alcohol as a crutch. People need to turn to Jesus not Satan's toys.

By: jsabrown on 2/6/13 at 12:34

TITAN1 is clearly a proponent of the nanny state concept.

Addiction is a medical problem, not a criminal one.

There are people with sex addictions, which destroy themselves and others. Shall we prohibit sex? (Ooh, nobody tell the GOP about that.) I'm addicted to caffeine, so clearly it should be banned before it destroys my life. How shall we handle my physical dependency on Warfarin? That's nothing but rat poison, you know. Clearly, it's bad.

The amount of money we are spending enforcing marijuana prohibition is stupidly huge, and the level of damage caused by prohibition enforcement vastly outweighs the problems caused by any addiction. Nobody deserves to have their life destroyed for gardening with the wrong sort of plant.

And hey, if gardening can be criminal, then why aren't we arresting people for growing castor beans or daffodils? Both contain seriously toxic substances which can be readily used to poison. Heck, why is tobacco legal?

By: TITAN1 on 2/6/13 at 12:42

jsabrown, when someone gets behind the well of a car while under the influence of alcohol, pot, or any other drug, IT IS A CRIME! Your references are childish since they don't put others in danger!

By: TITAN1 on 2/6/13 at 12:59

"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", of pot!

By: jsabrown on 2/8/13 at 10:10

Driving while impaired is very reasonably criminal. Unfortunately for your position, I'm not advocating for the right to operate a vehicle while impaired.

Simply growing a plant doesn't put others in danger anymore than merely owning a shotgun puts others in danger.