Deputies seize 131 marijuana plants and more in Fallbrook bust

Sheriff’s Dept. deputies seized 131 marijuana plants in the bust of a Fallbrook growing operation on Monday, August 19.

According to Sgt. Patrick Yates, the bust took place at a location in the 1500 block of Joy Road.

“Our officers seized 131 marijuana plants, 3 lbs of processed marijuana, an amount of concentrated cannabis, and equipment used to make concentrated cannabis oil.

Arrested at the scene was Ari Gold, 41, of Fallbrook.

“He has been charged with four felonies,” said Yates. “Those include cultivating marijuana, marijuana for sale, possession of concentrated cannabis, and manufacturing a controlled substance.

40 Responses to "Deputies seize 131 marijuana plants and more in Fallbrook bust"

  1. Me   August 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm


  2. Thank You FVN   August 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I live on stagecoach and have been wondering what was going on that day. Thank you FVN for the update!!

  3. Lee   August 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you, Law Enforcement!

  4. Emergefit   August 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Joy Road. I just think it’s funny…

  5. Just wondering   August 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Isn’t he on entourage any more?

  6. Just Wasting Time   August 28, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I wonder if they plan on "Busting" the other 2-3000 grow operations that are in existence.

    Gee, I wonder what would happen if they used those same resources to arrest people driving drunk, killing themselves… And others.


  7. Seriously??   August 28, 2013 at 8:19 am

    People who grow pot in their backyards, basements and attics, are usually trailer trash white people…. just sayin….

  8. Wrenchers   August 28, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Well, I certainly feel safer now.

    Just breathe that sigh of relief.

  9. DR DR   August 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Seriously??, I don’t agree with you. It is a very profitable business. Especially if you don’t smoke it yourself. White trailer trash ususally don’t have the money to purchase all the equipment prior to buying all the seedlings. They just enjoy smoking it, relaxing and eating munchies.

    Drunk drivers are the real scare to any and every public road any and everywhere at any time of the day.

    No, I am not a toker or a cultivator. Pot is far from a ‘white people’s’ mind altering substance.

  10. supernatural   August 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

    This is all a smokescreen, no pun intended, to keep us from talking about what is really going on with our government.

  11. Wrenchers   August 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    "Pot is far from a ‘white people’s’ mind altering substance."

    Sure it is.

    Along with money and politics.

  12. Me   August 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Drunk drivers aren’t nearly the "real scare" that we’re TOLD to believe. DUI’s are at the lowest rate in over FORTY YEARS. A problem? Absolutely….but nowhere near the hype-rate.

    "The number of people dying in crashes on California roads as a result of someone driving under the influence reached its lowest level in modern history.
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that 791 people died in DUI-related crashes in 2010.
    Wayne Ziese, a spokesman for the California Office of Traffic Safety, said that’s the lowest DUI death total in approximately four decades."

    The REAL scare is distracted driving due to texting and cell phone use.

    "Texting while driving has become a more deadly trend than drunken driving among teenagers, accounting for more than 3,000 collision deaths last year, according to federal studies.

    Injuries caused by texting also outpaced drunken-driving injuries. More than 300,000 injuries to teens were attributed to texting, while 282,000 were caused by drinking and driving.

    Some 45 percent of teens admitted to texting or emailing while behind the wheel, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
    Overall, 31 percent of U.S. drivers aged 18 to 64 drove while texting."

  13. DR DR   August 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    If you believe only 791 people died in DUI related crashes in California in 2010, then I guess you will believe everything you read!!!

    Call Anderson Consulting in Murrieta or Occupational Health Service of San Marcos CA- They are the only approved firms for DUI classes by the Dept of Motor Vehicles. They have the real numbers….they are staggering!! The REAL numbers effect monies appropriated to each county by the state.

    Call them… it’s true…

  14. -   August 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for busting this terrible operation! It is truly a major problem in the community and should be your primary focus all the time! To arrest and throw these devil worshiping pot smokers who pollute our quaint little town with their horrible smelling flowers.

    All pot does is lead to robbery and meth. We should make it mandatory that all residents of Fallbrook attend church and only consume legal liquor and tobacco.

  15. Wrenchers   August 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    "Drunk drivers aren’t nearly the "real scare" that we’re TOLD to believe. DUI’s are at the lowest rate in over FORTY YEARS."

    However, in the last three weeks the Village News has reported of four alcohol related motor vehicle deaths in our area alone. The latest occurring the 26th.

    With those stats, I would have to say it’s a very "real scare".

    How many have died in their grow rooms?

  16. me   August 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    If you want to grow pot then do it legally and follow all the rules and regulations. Keep in mind, it can only be grown legally for medical use. ANYTHING else is illegal and if you get arrested for doing something illegal, it is YOUR OWN fault and nobody else’s!!!! Don’t be surprised when you have to pay the price for doing something illegal.

  17. Fallbrook res.   August 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    One more down. Thank you for your great work, keep it up.

  18. Pastor Judy   August 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I guess i wont be receiving my dime sack.

  19. ZZZ   August 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Carlsbad cops sit outside clubs and bust drivers for drinking then driving…great, that’s pretty simple. Then they hear from the mayor, to stop because it is bad for business.

    Does anyone know how it’s going in Colorado and Washington since they legalized pot?

  20. California Justice is a joke   August 29, 2013 at 11:09 am

    "Don’t be surprised when you have to pay the price for doing something illegal." me, I think you must have meant to say "Don’t be surprised when we the taxpayers have to pay the price for you doing something illegal". I looked it up and found that there is over $7.5 Billion in uncollected court ordered fines in California. This arrest is especially ludicrous given the fact that the US Attorney General, Eric Holder, just announced on August 12th, that this type of case will no longer be prosecuted. Of course the reason for this decision was that these non-violent crime convictions discriminate against minorities, so Mr. Gold may have to prove he is a minority to get his reprieve. But in the end, the only people paying anything for this "crime" will be the taxpayers. I guarantee it.

  21. Me   August 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    @DR DR. That number is directly from the National Transportation Safety Administration….and don’t get started about OHS. That whole organization should be investigated.

  22. California Justice is a joke I agree   August 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Follow the money, if you have enough drug arrests including pot you get extra federal grant money. This is why we got the extra police force in town after the big drug bust in Operation cruel summer. I wish we would focus on violent crime but there isn’t enough of it to justify all of the police and prison guard jobs so we will continue to incarcerate those who don’t get their drugs through the legal channels (doctors and insurance). How many of those anti pot posters take Xanax, Vicoden, Oxycotine, Ambien, Wellbutrin, Prosac, Aderall to name a few. All of these drugs alter your state of mind and all have side effect profiles that are far more dangerous than marijuana.

  23. market effect   August 29, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I hate it when the supply goes down, it drives prices up.

  24. wth.... - your Cray   August 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Robbery and meth…. Wow… I think your on meth – your ignorant and it’s funny to me…. pollute our quaint little town ???? Did you live here in the 50s on up? You know how many old timers and middle aged folks told me about the good old days and fallbrook red hair… Fallbrook was and still is famous… This is a plant… Lovely flowers… Flowers that heal and take care and help people and yes chill you out after a hard day except it’s not as bad as alcohol…. Do your research and learn a thing. Pot and fallbrook go hand and hand….. I’m high now 🙂

  25. What   August 29, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    White trash…. really… thats who grows…naw… some growers could buy You…and You would sell. Its not a hippy or white trash thing…its not race issue at all…its big business and mandatory for patient in need.

  26. What   August 29, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    White trash…. really… thats who grows…naw… i dont think so. .. Its not a hippy or white trash thing…its not race issue at all…its big business and mandatory for patient in need.

  27. kma   August 29, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    What do you want to bet this guy had his permits and was growing LEGAL medicinal use and, AS USUAL, our SD Sheriff’s brought in a person who broke the plants into pieces to UP the count! Just do some research on EVERY court case, every arrest, this person was/is in on and you will see his record…He doesn’t tell the truth under oath which IS a FELONY(!) both in writing and in oral testimony! Please follow up on this case and you will learn THE TRUTH!

  28. Seriously   August 30, 2013 at 5:38 am

    @ California Justice,

    The problem with your argument is that several of the drugs you listed as being more dangerous than marijuana is that, for some people, they would be dead or severely incapacitated if they didn’t take those medications (mainly speaking of the anti-depressants you listed, although anxiety and pain conditions treated by the others you mentioned can also be severely incapacitating). I’m not anti-pot, I just think you might want to think about your points before you make blanket statements.

  29. Just saying   August 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Ari Gold?? IS it me or did that guy pull a fast one on the cops??

  30. Just saying   August 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Entourage, anyone….

  31. What   August 30, 2013 at 9:34 am

    White trash…. really… thats who grows…naw… i dont think so. .. Its not a hippy or white trash thing…its not race issue at all…its big business and mandatory for patient in need.

  32. Just wondering   August 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Geesh my comment 5..y’all are s l o w

  33. @kma   August 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

    131 LEGAL plants? You must be high.

  34. kma   August 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    My comments have been edited by Village News…

    VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES – Yes, kma, they indeed have. It is not legal for us to post a person’s name with these type of accusatory comments. The comments may be true, they may be false, but in this form it’s a legal liability.
    If you want to complain to the right people, write a letter saying whatever you want to the County Sheriff and the District Attorney, attach proof of specific cases, and sign your name. Thank you. –D. Ramsey

  35. jas   August 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Marijuana was the bumper crop in Fallbrook years ago. One could sit in a grove for three month and make about $15,000. Thats more than my dad made in the early 70’s. Out town was famous and we were known for Fallbrook RedHair nationwide or Fallbrook Gold as it later became. Grandma remembers when kids would smoke the wacky tobaccky in the bathrooms at the high school back in the 40’s. Marijuana use is on the rise and the largest age group is those over 55. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future pertaining to marijuana use and growing.

  36. to seriously   August 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    to seriously,
    You understand your own need for medication but not the needs of others. Marijuana helps some people sleep, for example my dad who never did a drug his entire life, refused ambien and chose pot at age 77, because of the side effect profile of ambien. Just this year they had to down the dose of ambien because too many people were driving in their sleep among other problems. Marijuana reduces anxiety.
    Adderall and Ritalin are methamphetimen , the same stuff found in crack.
    Oxycotin is an opiate like heroin, 70% of all drug overdoses today include oxycotin and 35% include Xanax. Most heroin addicts today start on oxycotin. Chose your own poison but don’t sit in judgment of why an individual feels the need to medicate. We all have stresses, anxiety, pain, and insomnia at some time in our lives. Pot users just know that the other drugs are far more dangerous while treating the symptoms.

  37. to seriously   August 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    a good read on the effects of psychotropic drugs and murder

  38. To all the pot heads...   August 31, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Every hardcore pot smoker that I know of (over50ys old) stink like pot, it reeks from their skin just like the lil old granny that has smoked her pack of pal malls everyday for the past 60years. Also it makes the skin leathery and darker in appearance as if the person is native american or mixed race when they are Caucasian. They also blabble about complete non sense most of the time.

    Just keep smoking it. When you are old and rum dumb in the head you will regret it.

  39. Seriously   August 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

    @ #36/37

    If you read my post, notice I specifically stated I was mainly talking about the antidepressant drugs listed in that post (Welbutrin/Prosac), although I did mention the others being useful for people who suffer from certain conditions. Clinical/chemical depression is a serious illness that can lead to death if not treated properly with medication, and antidepressants have saved lives, period. Please don’t equate pot use for anxiety/sleeplessness to antidepressant medication use for a life-threatening disease.

    The other medications are all arguable for their effectiveness/danger unless you are the one that needs it. Oddly, the same argument you use for the effectiveness of pot as a medication.

    Your link is a red herring. Prescribing medication to people who are already mentally ill does not prove cause and effect as to whether they would murder if not on the medication.

    This isn’t my own need I’m talking about. I’m not on antidepressant medication, one of my close family members is and it literally saved her life. Everything is dangerous if not used responsibly, including prescription medication and pot. Please don’t argue pot isn’t dangerous, I have too many friends who have lost all ambition to do ANYTHING because they just love the pot so much. It might not kill you – although lung cancer doesn’t care whether those cigarettes are tobacco or marijuana – but it sure can take your life away.

    As I already said, I’m not against pot (don’t really care), I’m against rabid pot supporters screaming about how safe pot is and how dangerous everything else is without really seeming to know what they’re talking about when they equate pot use with something like antidepressants.

  40. to seriously   September 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I’m interested in your thoughts on this article. We have been brainwashed to think if the drug from a doctor it is ok. These drugs act identically to illegal drugs and are taken in mass. 1 in 10 kids is diagnosed with ADHD and gets Ritalin or equivalent and 25% of the adult population takes a antidepressant. All you need to tell your doctor is your kid is highly active and has trouble sitting still and you get the drug? Tell your doctor you have stress, anxiety, upset stomach or headaches you get antidepressants. WE all have these issues, but somehow having a drink a day is ok or antidepressant or Ritalin or valium or vicoden. However if you chose to responsibly medicate with marijuana there is something wrong with you.
    Really there is something wrong with how we view this. We need to reevaluate this because even though we cutting back on marijuana arrest, every person on probation needs to drug test and any drug or alchohol will not show up in a text after a few days but it is the pot that leads to jail time from failed drug testing. Additionally kids on probation move to harder drugs so they can pass the drug tests. As we know in Fallbrook it can lead to a kids death.


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