It should go without saying that never before in this great nation of ours has the American farmer been more underappreciated than they are at this time.
The latest example of The Man looking to keep the tillers of the land — and basements — down comes courtesy of the Seattle Times.
According to the paper, two Washington State football players are among four males facing charges after police discovered 38 plants being lovingly and meticulously cultivated in the basement of their rental house. Of course, the plants were marijuana in nature and said product led to the sticky, so to speak, situation.
Backup linebacker Jamal Atofau and linebacker Andre Barrington, who is academically ineligible for the 2010 season, were arrested early Sunday morning and charged with a violation of the uniform controlled substance act. The severity of the charges, the paper writes, will depend on the weight of the weed that was seized.
Police had been at the home to serve a search warrant on an unrelated matter when the quartet’s horticultural hobby was discovered, although the John Deere tractor sitting at the top of the basement steps* was likely a dead giveaway for the eagle-eyed cops.
“We’re in a college town, it’s not that unusual to find five or six plants growing in somebody’s individual bedroom,” police spokesman Chris Tennant said.
“Thirty-eight plants in a residence is quite a big deal for us.”
Atofau, who has played in five games this season, has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities by head coach Paul Wulff. As Barrington is academically ineligible, he has not been suspended.
(*of course, that’s not true. It was parked in the driveway, right next to the silo.)