Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Cultivation and processing of marjiuana / Violation of Probation
Report Number:
2012-24850    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
Cultivation and processing of marjiuana / Violation of Probation
Location:
5726 Ridgewood Road Willits,CA
When: Date: 9/20/2012 Time: 0850
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Rex Hastings 32 Willits, Ca
         
Written by: Lieutenant Kirk Mason
Synopsis: On 9-20-2012 Deputies were dispatched to 5726 Ridgewood Road to assist CALFIRE personnel regarding a suspicious fire. According to CALFIRE personnel it was reported that there was a suspicious fire on the property and when Firefighter personnel attempted to access the property, they were confronted by a person that denied them access.

Mendocino County Sheriffs Deputies and CALFIRE Peace Officers arrived at the location to contact the male subject. Upon arrival it was determined that the male subject was Rex Hastings who was known to be on felony probation. Following a protective search of the area for Hastings, Law Enforcement personnel located the area of the fire and observed a marijuana garden that totaled (13) thirteen mature marijuana plants, a small amount of processed marijuana and spent ammunition.

It was later determined that as a term of probation, Hastings was not allowed to possess ammunition or marijuana. It was also estimated that the (13) thirteen marijuana plants located on the property would produce approximately 15 pounds of processed marijuana.

Fire personnel secured the fire area and deputies collected the marijuana that was located on the property.

On 9-20-2012 Hastings contacted the Sheriff’s Office explaining that he had a medical need for the marijuana, and that the court had modified his probation terms, thus granting him permission to possess marijuana with a valid medical recommendation. Hasting arrived at the Sheriff’s Office at which time he presented a fictitious court order that granted him permission to possess marijuana. He also disclosed that that he planned to sell the marijuana to offset property taxes that were currently due.

Hasting was arrested for the cultivation and processing of marijuana and violation of his probationary terms. He is currently being held at the Mendocino County jail without bail
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