This post concerns an officer with the Comanche Police Department in Oklahoma, who was arrested for running a giant marijuana grow operation in January of 2015. As is typical of the hypocrisy shown by many police officers, when Officer Roy Collinsworth wasn’t out busting people for victimless drug crimes he was at home growing and profiting from marijuana.
Date of Incident: January 29, 2015
Officers Involved: Officer Roy Collinsworth, Chief of Police Mike Jones, also District Attorney Jason Hicks
Department Involved: Comanche (OK) Police Department
Department Address: 500 N Rodeo Drive Comanche, Oklahoma 73529
Department Phone No.: (580) 439-2211
Department Fax No.: (580) 439-6308
According to a report, a Comanche Oklahoma police officer was accused of cultivating a marijuana patch inside a shed behind his “Red Hot” liquor store.
The Stephen’s County Sheriff’s Office said they were tipped off to Officer Roy Collinsworth’s marijuana operation and began an investigation.
Collingsworth was apparently surprised when investigators asked him about the drug operation.
According to the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, when asked about his illegal drug operation, Collingsworth gave them the “No, No” song.
“Who me? Are you kidding? There is no way!”
The investigators for District Attorney Jason Hicks then asked if they could have a look around his business.
According to District Attorney Jason Hicks, “He allowed them the opportunity to go through the liquor store and [they] didn’t see anything there, so they asked if they could search another building.”
D.A. Jason Hicks stated that Collingsworth was very reluctant, but after further questioning agreed to let investigators search a building across the street from Comanche Public School. Investigators said, before they opened the door, Collingsworth stopped them and told them about an “old marijuana grow” that was allegedly inside the building.
Investigators said Collingsworth opened the door to the building and said “I don’t want to go to jail.”
D.A. Jason Hicks said that investigators for his Drug Task Force found 23 marijuana plants, fans for air circulation, thermostats for temperature regulation, razor knives for plant trimming, a water and fertilization system, and garden lights.
Hicks said “It was a pretty elaborate set-up, everything you would need to cultivate marijuana.”
Collingsworth was arrested, but is now out of jail on bond.
No word from Chief of Police Mike Jones since this incident occurred, and no word if the former officer has been charged, or if a court date was set.
According to Oklahoma State Statute:
- Possession of any amount of marijuana is a crime, subject to up to one year of incarceration.
- A subsequent conviction for possession is a felony which carries the penalty of 2-10 years of incarceration.
Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 2-401 (2015)
Sale or Distribution
- The sale of less than 25 pounds is a felony, punishable by incarceration for a period of 2 years-life, as well as a fine of $20,000.
- Selling between 25 and 1,000 pounds. Penalties include a fine of between $25,000 and $100,000, between four years and life imprisonment, or both.
- Selling 1,000 pounds or more is punishable with a maximum fine of $500,000, and/or between four years and life imprisonment.
- The sale to minors is a felony, which is punishable by doubling the penalty for both the period of incarceration, as well as the fine to be paid.
- The sale within 2,000 feet of schools, public parks, or public housing is a felony, punishable by a double penalty for both the period of incarceration as well as the fine. A conviction carries with it a mandatory minimum sentence of 50% of the imposed sentence.
Okla. Stat. tit. 63 § 2-401 (2015)
- Cultivating up to 1,000 plants is a felony, punishable by a maximum $25,000 fine and between 20 years and life imprisonment.
- Cultivation of more than 1,000 plants is punishable of a fine up to $50,000 and between 20 years and life imprisonment.
– Kid Clint