Syltoya Sterling 5:30 p.m., Sept. 3
Recently Released Inmate Found Living at Pot Grow House
San Diego Sheriff's deputies in San Marcos made two arrests yesterday morning as a result of a fourth amendment waiver compliance check on an individual recently released from custody.
Vincent Barnett was free as a result of AB 109, a law signed into law last year that gives authorities power to release low-level offenders on the conditions that they avoid criminal activity and forfeit their constitutional rights under the fourth amendment against unreasonable search and seizure. When deputies arrived at Barnett’s apartment on the 700 block of Oak Tree Lane to perform a check as requested by his probation officer, they smelled a heavy marijuana odor.
Further investigation uncovered “a large quantity” of marijuana in the bedroom of Barnett’s roommate, Christopher Fichtelman, “along with paraphernalia and a scale.” More pot was discovered in the apartment’s garage, along with numerous bottles of a type suitable for packaging medical grade cannabis and growing equipment.
At the request of Barnett’s probation officer, he was charged with a probation violation and taken back into custody. Fichtelman was also arrested and charged with possessing marijuana for sale.
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