Archive for Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Baker University student given probation in marijuana-growing case

December 22, 2009


Rai Shed Abdu Yahia

Rai Shed Abdu Yahia

Alexander Abbas Fouad Farran

Alexander Abbas Fouad Farran

A Baker University student accused of running a marijuana-growing operation out of his Baldwin City home was sentenced to probation Tuesday in Douglas County District Court, prosecutors said.

In November, Rai Shed Abdu Yahia pleaded no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia, a felony, and possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

District Judge Sally Pokorny sentenced the 24-year-old man to one year probation. Under the terms of his probation, he will be required to take random drug and alcohol screenings, said Cheryl Wright, spokeswoman for District Attorney Charles Branson.

A co-defendant in the case, Alexander Abbas Fouad Farran, has applied for diversion and will be back in court Dec. 28.

Baldwin City police said they found 28 marijuana plants and grow lights in September inside the students' home in the 400 block of Eisenhower.


Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 5 months ago

what.... probation ?

no Federal charges ? Ya'll know what I am going say about this.

BaldwinDad 8 years, 5 months ago

While, I think it should be legal I'm glad to see non violent offenders getting off with just probation,

gr 8 years, 5 months ago

The nerve! Spying on what's going on in the privacy of one's home!

Amy Heeter 8 years, 5 months ago

Oh yeah he had a real sob story about how he was kicked out of school and how this just ruined his chance to conitinue his education and future job opportunities. How he disappointed his friend's, family and community. Poor kid his car in ill repair and his attorney even felt so bad he was willing to waive attorney fees, but the judge said he had to pay 400.00 for attorney fees since he didn't have to pay the KBI lab fees. I wonder why the LJW reporter left all this out of his story. This guy's plea to the judge was text book B.S.

Jonathan Kealing 8 years, 5 months ago

Artichoke-- We didn't attend the plea hearing. We got the information from this story after looking at the court records and talking to attorneys. If indeed what you say is true, it is interesting. We certainly didn't intentionally leave it out if it is.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

phoggyjay 8 years, 5 months ago


Not the evil green plant that has never killed anyone in the past few millenia...


Oh, and I like how Jonathan Kealing wrote his response at 4:20 p.m.


brujablanco 8 years, 5 months ago

...and if artichoke is talking out the side of her mouth - does this become a sensitive issue? One that would be moderated perhaps? Just asking.

Amy Heeter 8 years, 5 months ago

Ok J.K. I was just waiting for someone and listened in to kill time. I saw a guy taking notes inside the door and assumed( shame on me) that it was a LJW reporter.

been_there 8 years, 5 months ago

Maybe he got probation because he was smart enough to plead guilty instead of lying and accusing people of conspiracy and miscounduct. Now it's over and done with and in a few years (7, I believe) he can get his record expunged.

BaldwinDad 8 years, 5 months ago

The worst part of this is that it means no "special" holiday fruitcake this year!!!

Mean_Green 8 years, 5 months ago

Has anyone inqured as to the citizenship of these two? If they're not US citizens, any conviction of a drug felony is a deportable offense. If the man who is no longer enrolled in school is not a US citizen and fails to change his non-immigrant student visa (F-1) to something else, he is removable or deportable for that seperately. If they're both US citizens then all this typing was for not. Remember that all of the 9/11 hijackers were here legally initially until their visas expired yet they all remained as visa overstays. These types of things need to be checked more often.

volunteer 8 years, 5 months ago

Sensible Douglas County. Let him pee in front of someone for a year and pay for the privilege.

frank mcguinness 8 years, 5 months ago

Mean_green you are certainly a racist.

Just because someone's name is foreign has no bearing on their citizenship. Furthermore there have been quite a few acts of terrorism within the U.S.A from regular old white guys like tim mcvey,

frank mcguinness 8 years, 5 months ago

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damnitimpissed 8 years, 5 months ago

I will bet you anything that these guys are Lebanese. Lebanese Americans have been a backbone of this country for ages. Why do we need to check their status? Because of their names? Kind of a stupid comment ...

Mean_Green 8 years, 5 months ago

Thank you Marion. I have been called many things before but never a racist. I reviewed what I wrote earlier and found nothing derogitory nor stereotypical. As I stated earlier "IF" they are not US citizens, the crimes they plead guilty to (drug felonies) are deportable offenses for non-immigrants and some immigrants. I think rooster was too quick to jump to conclusions and label me such a vial word. I was simply stating facts and implying nothing.

Stuart Evans 8 years, 5 months ago

I'm glad that this didn't end up in prison time. However, I'm not at all happy that our government is still arresting American citizens for the use of a plant. had the plant been legal, the grower would not have found opportunity, the police would have been busy working on a real crime, or there would just be less of them. meanwhile, tax dollars just keep pouring out of my pocket to provide this "invaluable" service

situveux1 8 years, 5 months ago

Too bad he didn't try to grow it in the Baker Wetlands (swamp.)

XEPCT 8 years, 5 months ago

Rooster was wrong to call you racist, you merely asked a legitimate question about someone's citizenship because they have a funny-looking name (to you). More properly, he or she should have called you xenophobic.

btw Marion, nothing is "forthcoming;" if they weren't American citizens, it would have been mentioned in the article. The LJW isn't as incompetent as you'd like to think.

mdrndgtl 8 years, 5 months ago

Mean_Green is right, all 36 9/11 hijackers were potheads and as many as 17 of them had private growing operations...

Stimulus, Dopers and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless you all

sk8infreeee1 8 years, 5 months ago

I'm sure if the person was white he would not have asked if they even had visas.

sk8infreeee1 8 years, 5 months ago

And I must say... the war on drugs... We lost and will always lose... can we please have our tax dollars spent on more useful things? Pot.. come on... I work in an ER and have seen more people killed by drunk drivers and heroine overdoses. Pot? How about major corporations that screw millions of people over and destroy major economies by steeling from thousand or millions to make money and they are treated civil and punishments minor. Who cares this guy isnt getting screwed. Of all the things you haven't done that were honest in your life, If they or it were as harmless as pot and you got away with it... hmm

sk8infreeee1 8 years, 5 months ago

And I love your comment Jack Ripper. Please don't save your soy seed guys...

grimpeur 8 years, 5 months ago

Did they kill anyone with their cars by intentionally drinking that extra drink or habitually picking up the phone while driving, by deliberately going that extra 15 over or following too closely? Did they kill anyone with their plants?

Hmm...motorized killers vs. pot growers. I wonder who gets the second chance who gets the big punishment; who gets the wrist slap and who gets the long-term enforcement; who loses privileges and who goes on with their lives as if nothing happened (to them).

lounger 8 years, 5 months ago

They must be cleared of all charges. The Green Goddess will see to this....

countrygirl 8 years, 5 months ago

He can kiss any his federal student aid good-bye.

Denny2009 8 years, 5 months ago

I agree the war on drugs is a lost cause. Stories like this shouldnt even make the news. It makes me laugh that law enforcement still tries to snuff out NON-VIOLENT smokers. Big deal, the gov't should concentrate on getting our bad economy back in line. Hmm maybe theres a connection between pot and a potential economic turnaround if the gov't would just pull there heads outta their butts?

katjok 8 years, 4 months ago

He probably smuggled men, women, and children too.

sublime1986 8 years, 4 months ago

has to be 100 plus plants to be considered a federally punishable crime. how can you punish someone past the extent of the law. prick.

BaldwinDad 8 years, 4 months ago

The problem is now that the "War on Drugs" is too profitable to get rid of, think of all the empty prisons, all the police, lawyers, and courts with out something to do if you eliminated the "War on Drugs".

It's the same problem with the "War on Terror", it's a racket to keep corporations making more money off of media inspired fear.

Until the States start to nullify some of these Unconstitutional laws we the honest tax paying citizens or serfs as the case may be, will be left footing the bill for all these failed so called Wars.

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