Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputies Wednesday seized more than 125 pounds of marijuana and growing equipment worth $15,000 while serving two search warrants in San Leon and Bacliff, officials said.

Deputies driving toward the scene could smell the marijuana from the street before even entering the buildings, officials said.

Both Christian Louis Combs, 43, of Bacliff, and Edwin Keith Dodds, 34, of Dickinson, were charged with possession of marijuana between 50 and 2,000 pounds in connection with the search, officials said. They were held Thursday in the Galveston County Jail on $250,000 bond, according to jail records.

Deputies with the sheriff’s special crimes unit, tactical response team and identification division executed the first search and arrest warrant at a residence in the 700 block of Avenue K in San Leon, officials said.

The entire residence had been converted into a high-grade marijuana factory and deputies seized 124 plants and 25 cultivated marijuana buds, $15,000 in equipment and another $3,100 in cash, officials allege.

Deputies then served a search warrant at a second residence in the 4500 block of 16th Street in Bacliff, finding more than 4 pounds of packaged marijuana and another $3,100 in cash, officials said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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Robert Braeking

It is stupid to expend law enforcement resources on horticultural enterprises.

Randy Chapman

Agreed. Simply an untaxed product. Legal in many states. But, we have illegal game rooms everywhere that are hotbeds for crime, that folks have been killed in while being robbed, and law enforcement takes a blind eye to them, or worse, allows their officers to provide off-duty security to them. SHM

Randy Chapman

They must have weighed the dirt in the buckets to come up with 125lbs.

Robert Braeking

I would not doubt that. Law enforcement is notorious for embellishing the truth.

Jon Babara

What A LARGE bust. lol

Carlos Ponce

Sorry gentlemen, I have to disagree with you. Good job Galveston County Sheriff's Office!
Other states have legalized it. Those states now have problems associated with the legalization. You can get the medicinal benefits from non-hallucinogenic hemp with little THC but high level of CBD. Of course it woun't get you that "high" you crave. Get high on life not hallucinogens!

Nick Garza

What problems? Enough money to give citizens refunds? Increased tourism? Where to put their money so the Feds won't confiscate it? Decreases in opiod overdoses? It's high time the US fully decriminalizes pot. The days of putting otherwise productive citizens in jail for a plant are coming to an end! Sir if you don't want to imbibe, than don't do so. But, most of the country disagrees with you.

Carlos Ponce

The country may disagree but the facts do not.
Look at Colorado:
Colorado has seen an increase in marijuana related traffic deaths, poison control calls, and emergency room visits. The marijuana black market has increased in Colorado, not decreased. And, numerous Colorado marijuana regulators have been indicted for corruption.
In fiscal year 2016, marijuana tax revenue resulted in $156,701,018. The total tax revenue for Colorado was $13,327,123,798, making marijuana only 1.18% of the state's total tax revenue. The cost of marijuana legalization in public awareness campaigns, law enforcement, healthcare treatment, addiction recovery, and preventative work is an unknown cost to date.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/07/marijuana-devastated-colorado-dont-legalize-nationally-jeff-hunt-column/536010001/
From 60 Minutes on CBS :
Dr. Jon LaPook highlighted some of the problems seen in Colorado that have increased in the couple of years since the state legalized marijuana use in 2014.
LaPook spoke with a doctor from Pueblo County who recalled a substantial increase in women giving birth whose newborn babies test positive for marijuana, threatening the babies with permanent brain development problems. After also recounting a substantial increase in illegal production forcing many more law enforcement actions, the CBS correspondent also recalled the difficulty in detecting marijuana use in drivers.
Today’s pot is on average four to five times stronger than it was in the 1980s. It can also get passed on to babies in high concentrations in breast milk.
Steven Simerville: I try to explain to them that even though you’re not smoking very much, the baby is getting seven times more than you’re taking and that there’s-- this drug has been shown to cause harm in developing brains.
Research suggests babies exposed to marijuana in utero may develop verbal, memory and behavioral problems during early childhood.
After recalling a 70 percent increase in teenagers visiting the emergency room testing positive for marijuana, LaPook informed viewers of the possible ill effects for teens using marijuana:
That worries Dr. Simerville because evidence is emerging that heavy teenage use -- using four to five days a week -- may be linked to long-term damage in areas of the brain that help control cognitive functions like attention, memory, and decision-making. It's not known if there's any amount of marijuana that is safe for the developing brain, which may still be maturing during the mid to late 20s.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-five-states-to-vote-on-recreational-pot/
Sheriff Kirk Taylor: They said the black market will disappear. Well I can tell you the black market is alive and well and thriving. In fact, its exploding.
The 60 Minutes Report gives the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana. The negative aspects of legalization are not worth it.

Randy Chapman

Carlos, please remind us all of the effects of alcohol on babies in utero. I would have to speculate that the damage is much greater than the speculative damage that could happen with marijuana. No drugs are good for developing babies, but I am pretty sure alcohol is much worse.

Carlos Ponce

"No drugs are good for developing babies, but I am pretty sure alcohol is much worse." I agree with the former but the latter is off base. " permanent brain development problems, verbal, memory and behavioral problems" is bad. Not to denigrate the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome but marijuana's effects on babies worth considering before anyone tries to legalize.

Kelly Naschke

Decriminalize it.

Stephen Murphy

The parents of a 4-year-old child were charged with injury to a child with intentional serious bodily injury by omission and bond was set at $20K, yet two guys growing plants were charged and bond was set at $250K? Really?

Carlos Ponce

Christian Louis Combs has a criminal record which includes parole violation.
https://bailbondcity.com/texas/brazoria-inmate-COMBS/130708
Likewise Edwin Keith Dodds has a history with the GCSO:
https://arrestfacts.com/Edwin-Dodds-4N1C74
Possession of marijuana in Texas from 50 - 2000 lbs is a Felony punishable by 2 - 20 years and $10,000 fine. Similar for cultivation.
https://norml.org/laws/item/texas-penalties-2
Daniel Stone, 34, and Gemma Stone, 29, were charged with injury to a child with intentional serious bodily injury by omission.
https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/penal-code/penal-sect-22-04.html
I cannot find previous arrest records for either parent.

Jarvis Buckley

Carlos I say stick to local, state , &
National politics. Your the best.
I believe there are too many good folks behind bars guilty of smoking
Marijuana . They are only hurting their family & themselves. Time to legalize
Marijuana . I'm an old man never even smoked a cigarette in my life.
I just believe we have bigger fish to fry.

Carlos Ponce

Thank you for your advice but I'll stick to my guns on this topic.

Jarvis Buckley

You have every right to do that Carlos, I truly admire your knowledge & the articulate way you speak.
I just think on this particular issue you may be wrong.

Carlos Ponce

It is Biblically prophesied. Galatians 5:19-21 has translated the Greek word “pharmakeia” into "sorcery" or "witchcraft". But a more exact translation translates “pharmakeia” into drugs, similar to our word "pharmacy".
"And it is perfectly evident what the old nature does. It expresses itself in sexual immorality, impurity and indecency; involvement with the occult and with drugs; in feuding, fighting, becoming jealous and getting angry; in selfish ambition, factionalism, intrigue and envy; in drunkenness, orgies and things like these."
Galatians 5:19-21 (The Complete Jewish Bible)
https://www.biblestudytools.com/cjb/galatians/5.html

Nick Garza

Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
KJV

Carlos Ponce

The marijuana of today is not the same as it was a few years ago, much less back in Adam's day. It has been cultivated to give a much greater amount of THC.

Nick Garza

Neither is the corn you eat or the bananas or anything that has been modified for some reason or other be it pest control or size increase or enhanced flavors. Did you know bananas naturally have seeds? Have you ever seen a seed in a banana you ate? Ever? That still doesn't change the fact that the good lord saw to give us all the plants on the earth to use. It was man who said it was bad.

Robert Braeking

Not for nothing, Nick, but commercial banana growers cut the flower from the fruit so that all the energy goes into the fruit. No flower, no seed.

Carlos Ponce

I don't eat corn.

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