A cannabis grower has been busted after being identified in his YouTube tutorial
September 4th, 2013
Categories : Blog
It is a sad day when the cannabis community loses a valuable source of information, especially when it is a source that guides the hand of many novice cultivators through their growing experience. Unfortunately it does happen though – a cannabis grower has been arrested as a result of his YouTube grow tutorial videos.
The grower and teacher in question is Kyle Berry of New Hampshire, USA. He made a few slip ups and is now in the slammer. It is a reminder of the persecution members of the cannabis community face and the constant care required by cultivators to remain hidden whilst practicing their art. It should be a wake-up call to those of you who feel you can do this on YouTube with no fear of repercussion.
He was caught for a number of very simple reasons. Firstly, he was giving very detailed information on where to get seeds, how to set up a grow room and how to actually grow the pot. He even went into as much detail as to describe the chemical breakdown of the fertilizers and additives he was using. It is this that caught the attention of the police, along with him showing his own grow room in his videos. This is not unusual though, many online tutorials will give you good, detailed information whilst showing you a grow room. What separates Kyle Berry from the rest was that he made the unfortunate mistake showing a package containing seeds in one of his videos that had his name and address on it. He also managed to catch a reflection of his face in a reflective surface.
That was all the police needed, the face, name, address and video evidence of a grow room under his care. It really does stress the importance of discretion and anonymity should you decide to show the world how and what you do.
Berry was not a big time grower, he had 16 plants and a personal store of weed from a previous grow. Not enough to go fully commercial, but enough to share with those in his close circle throughout the year.
This was not the view of the police however, who went as far as to poke fun at the slip up Berry had made. "He's not the brightest person in the world", Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Downing told news crews "There's indications that he was selling the product. This isn't the first grow he's had".
Berry, now 40 years old, has had a history of surgeries throughout his life and grew the cannabis to help treat his chronic pain. “I did it because since 13, I've had 17 surgeries,” he told the court. “I didn't realise how bad the medications I was on were clouding my judgement and killing me".
Unfortunately the judge was not having any of it. Due to the amount of ready to smoke weed in his possession and the amount he was growing, Judge Marguerite Wageling could not believe that he was growing for pure personal use - and who knows, maybe he wasn't, no one can really know but Berry and his confidants. Fortunately for Berry, the judge also recognised that he was also just a small outfit, and was certainly no big player on the streets. As a result Berry was sentenced to 2 years behind bars with a 4 month suspended sentence. Whilst this is still unfair, it could have been a lot worse.
This really goes to show the importance of staying hidden, even if you think your grow is small, the police and courts will still come down on you if you become to complacent and careless.