Tuesday, January 01, 2008
By VETO F. ROLEY
PASCAGOULA -- A Gulfport emergency-room doctor and her common-law husband have bonded out of the Adult Detention Center after agents with the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County arrested the Vancleave pair on their return from a vacation in Mexico.
Sgt. Curtis Spiers, commander of the task force, said agents met Dr. Kathleen Keimig and Jeffery Ingram as they got off the plane at Gulfport International Airport just before Christmas.
"They had no idea," Spiers said Monday referring to the airport arrests.
Keimig and Ingram were both released from the ADC after posting a $25,000 bond each on one count each of cultivation of marijuana.
If convicted, they each could face up to $1 million in fines and 30 years in prison.
On Dec. 12, officers raided the home shared by Keimig and Ingram, which is located at 6209 Jim Ramsey Road in Vancleave.
During the raid, officers seized 18 marijuana plants, each more than six feet tall, according to a news release announcing the seizure.
One plant can produce about 2.2 pounds of marijuana each year, which could have accounted for more than 36 kilos in Keimig's and Ingram's operations, Spiers added Monday.
Additionally, according to the release, officers found "implements used to enhance (the marijuana plant's) growth from a greenhouse on the property as well as a substantial number of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from their home."
The release, which came out the day following the arrest, said Task Force officers had been investigating Keimig and Ingram for two years.
At the time of the raid, Spiers alleged that Keimig and Ingram were engaged in hydroponic growing operations, where the plant is grown in water rather than soil. He said hydroponic systems have the twin benefits of being more difficult to detect because they are indoor systems, and the growing environment can be controlled. Because growers can control the climate and growing environment, the concentration of THC, which is the active ingredient of marijuana, is greater in hydroponic homegrown plants than in field-grown plants.
Mexican marijuana, Spiers said, contains about 4 percent THC. Hydroponic marijuana, he said, contains 17 to 20 percent THC.
As a result, he said, the hydroponic plant is costlier on the street, going for $4,000 a pound compared to $700 a pound for Mexican.
"This is the preferred way to grow or produce marijuana," he said at the time of the raids.
1, Growing plants hydroponically does not have a baring on the potency of the Marijuana, in ideal growing conditions only the 'strain' determines these things
2, Growing plants to 6 ft tall indoor would not produce huge amounts of Marijuana only the tops of the plants would receive enough light to produce well developed buds and would really be a waste of time and effort all round to grow them past a couple of feet before inducing flowering.
3, Indoor plants do NOT produce 2.2 lbs of Marijuana, an average yield from indoor plants is around 50 to 150 gram'2 to 6 ounces' the report says 1000grams or 1 kilo, '2.2 lbs' ridiculous!
4, The average potency of Marijuana is around 10% THC, the strain used in Holland for medical Marijuana is available in two strengths 15% and 18% THC, but this has been bred especially for medicine, this is non-sense that if hydro' grown then Marijuana is between 17 and 20% THC no matter what!!!, this really is a ridiculous suggestion
5, That a valuable member of society can be fined $1Million, and face life in prison for a few plants is outrageous.
It is no wonder we have serial killers and rapists running round undetected when you have police admitting a 'Task Force' have watched the two in this report for 2 years!!!! WHAT!, For a few plants!!!.