What started as an indoor marijuana bust at a Ukiah home led authorities to a cache of illegal drugs Tuesday morning, according to Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force Commander Bob Nishiyama.
Agents served a search warrant at a home in the 40 block of Betty Street, where the Task Force believed there was an indoor marijuana grow. They found marijuana, but also found "ecstasy," LSD and a new hallucinogen similar to LSD, Nishiyama said.
They arrested the renter who lived there, Jeffrey David Walter, 32, on suspicion of cultivating and possessing marijuana for sale, possessing a controlled substance for sale and vandalism causing more than $50,000 of damage, because of water damage, mold and structural changes that resulted from the indoor grow, according to Nishiyama.
"He also had up to eight lights going at once," Nishiyama said, adding that Walter's electric bill ranged between $700 and $900 monthly.
Task Force agents seized five pounds of processed marijuana, five pounds of partly processed marijuana and 196 immature plants, according to Nishiyama.
They also found 78 yellow and orange pills that tested positive as the drug known as "ecstasy," almost a gram of white LSD powder, six small vials of fluid believed to be LSD and 135 blue pills determined to be a new hallucinogen similar to but not as strong as LSD, which Nishiyama said is known as "TCB," meaning "taking care of business."
A dose of LSD is a microgram, meaning just six ounces could be as many as 6,000 doses, according to Nishiyama. He said a dose of LSD can run $5, and a dose of TCB can cost between $5 and $10. Ecstasy pills run between $10 and $20, he said.
By TIFFANY REVELLE The Daily Journal
Updated: 03/16/2011 11:59:06 PM PDT