By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in News
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 7:06 am
|Don't Look At Me Like That. You Were Thinking It Too|
|Kitsap County, Washington is presumably safe from 9-year-old girls with Mickey Mouse wallets, thanks to those brave drug cops at WestNET|
Christine Casey, affiliated with North End Club 420, a patient collective considered legal under Washington state law, told the Seattle Weekly that detectives from the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNET) handcuffed her 14-year-old son for two hours and put a gun to his head, reports Nina Shapiro.
They also told the frightened kid to say goodbye to his dad, Guy Casey, because they said the pot dispensary operator was going to prison.
As the Rambo-esque detectives trashed the home looking for cash, trying to prove the dispensary was illegally profiting from medical marijuana, Casey said they confiscated $80 that her nine-year-old daughter had received for a straight-A report card.
The gung-ho drug warriors found the money in the little girl's Mickey Mouse wallet.
Casey said the cops dumped out all her silverware, punched a hole in the wall, and broke her appliances for good measure. She said they also finger-write "I Sell Pot" in the dust covering the family's Hummer -- which the cops then seized.
WestNET, already notorious for its abuses of medical marijuana patients, is a federally funded task force comprised of officers from multiple jurisdictions.
The officers came to Casey's Olalla, Washington home because Guy Casey, her ex-husband, still lives on the property in a guest house. Guy, a 48-year-old medical marijuana patient with artificial knees, legally grows marijuana there for himself and another patient, Casey said.
Fortunately, the little girl wasn't present in the house to see how WestNET gets down -- she didn't witness the theft of her Mickey Mouse wallet and 80 bucks. She had already gone to school on May 11 when the narcs arrived about 8:30 a.m.
But Casey said her son had missed the bus and had just gone to the guest house to tell his dad, when he encountered the wanna-be soldier boys of WestNET.
Casey said the cops claimed they handcuffed the 14-year-old boy "to keep him safe" as they questioned Guy Casey and several friends who were visiting.
According to court documents (PDF) filed with the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office, WestNET claims to have found $3,000 and 76 marijuana plants at the home. Casey says about half of those were only small "starts."
Casey and Michael Allison, another dispensary employee, said they never sell marijuana without seeing a patient's note from a physician, as required by Washington state's medical pot law.