iWatch You Growing Pot In An Empty House

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Back in October, the Dallas Police Department launched iWatch Dallas, its spin on LAPD's "virtual crime watch" intended to use citizen alerts to deter anything and everything from car burglaries to prostitution to terrorism. DPD says it's working as planned and that iWatch has "led to several important investigations that directly affect crime and quality of life in our neighborhoods," among them two recent ones in North Dallas -- both involving marijuana grow houses. Let's go to the release sent out by Senior Corporal Kevin Janse:
An iWatch tip came in on March 26, 2011, regarding possible drug activity in the 5100 block of Vandelia Street. Based on that information officers from Northwest Patrol identified a house they believed was in fact involved in apparent drug activity. The officers conducted a knock-and-talk at that residence and received consent to enter the home from a resident. When it was evident to them that marijuana was being cultivated in the residence, they contacted Narcotics Division detectives who executed a search warrant at the home. This subsequently led to the recovery of 2,563 grams of marijuana, related growing equipment, several handguns and ammunition, and $3600 in cash. A 27-year-old female, Cassie Jimenez, was subsequently taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

Another iWatch complaint came in to the Dallas Police Department on May 2, 2011, advising of suspicious activity at what appeared to be a vacant house in the 7400 of Northaven Road. North Central officers followed up on the tip and, working with Narcotics investigators, obtained a search warrant. The warrant led to recovery of 121 live marijuana plants and growing equipment. Several suspects have been identified in this matter but no charges have yet been filed.

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18 comments
JimH
JimH

Damn nosy neighbors

Satchel75
Satchel75

Where did you get that image? Dammit, I told him not to put that pic on the www.

MattL1
MattL1

Hey, having plant life in your house helps with beautification, air quality, odor control and many other things. I don't see the problem here.

dertymindz
dertymindz

Hey Mister Copper stay off of what Jah say is proper, go try to bust someun else, my day is full by itself, you wish to fulfill what you feel your bosses okay, all I see is the the real, that your soul doth do decay, you got nothing better to do so you pursue those who are just people, the charade you keep is scouring the spirit as you try to evade the ripple, and your soul tells all...

LaceyB
LaceyB

So, that's what the inside of Wilonsky's house looks like... "plants", and a massive vinyl collection (not pictured).

Mrwiizrd
Mrwiizrd

"The officers conducted a knock-and-talk at that residence and received consent to enter the home from a resident."

Over five and a half pounds of weed in the house plus grow equipment and she gave consent to search? That's just brilliant.

Ben
Ben

Whoa, 7400 of Northaven is in the same block as Northaven Gardens, not sure if you could call that Preston Hollow or not.

scottindallas
scottindallas

How are the neighborhoods made safer by this? Why not allow people to grow vegetables, pot, whatever they want in homes. If we run out of homes, or they become scarce, I am willing to amend my argument. But, what would be the harm in these, especially if we legalize marijuana that is domestically produced. Tax it, make them sell it in liquor stores, whatever, but why is this criminal? And how does it harm a neighborhood? (especially if it's legalized?)

Montemalone
Montemalone

When are they going to give up on arresting people for pot?How about going after some real criminals that do harm to society?I refer to politicians and Wall St bankers.

Montemalone
Montemalone

If a bunch of cops with guns drawn show up at your door and say "May we come in?", are you gonna say no?

Russp
Russp

Growing a little pot for personal use; sure no threat to the neighborhood. From the quantities of pot, money and guns, these were larger operations which would bring activity from both dealers and users to the area along with possible other crimes.

LAZER SUX
LAZER SUX

probably when they cut school funding altogether, monte. we're definitely headed that way, and it'll be fun, because kids can spend more time with ma and pa. they won't be working either, and each will man a gun to keep the "real criminals" from seizing their property. hope they loaded up on ammo.

Granny
Granny

Absolutely. With four words: "Show me your warrant."Same thing I'd say if they asked to search the trunk of my car.

Mrwiizrd
Mrwiizrd

Damn right I would. Turn on the camera phone and politely ask them to produce a warrant. No warrant = No entrada

Jeff
Jeff

Yes. Yes, I would... If they have no reason to enter your home, you have every right to tell them you would rather them not come in. If I was in her shoes, I never would've even opened the door. Never would've engaged them at all.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Shoulda' told em'... Dave's not here.

scottindallas
scottindallas

If it were legal the growers wouldn't need guns, they could call the police like I would if someone stole my landscaping equipment. Actually, I don't call, as it's kinda futile and my equipment too often falls below my deductible.

Russp
Russp

IF it were legal and IF they were following the rules and IF they were only dealing pot, you might be right. I don't give dealers that much credit for being the good guys. You want to smoke, grown your own.

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