Red Bluff men to stand trial on pot charges
A Red Bluff man and his son-in-law will stand trial on marijuana cultivation and sales charges following a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
Joseph Dailey Froome, 48, is charged with eight counts of money laundering, one count of marijuana cultivation and one count of possession for sale.
Daniel Ludwig, 27, is facing charges of marijuana cultivation and possession for sales.
Tehama County Superior Court Judge John Garaventa made the ruling in Corning’s court after Froome and Ludwig’s attorneys, William Panzer and James Silva, lost a motion to continue the preliminary hearing.
Froome, the former promoter of the West Coast Monster Truck Nationals, was arrested in October 2009 for reportedly operating an elaborate indoor marijuana growing operation on Baker Road near Red Bluff, according to court records.
The arrest was made by the Tehama Interagency Drug Enforcement Task Force at the conclusion of a four-month investigation, said TIDE Special Agent Supervisor Eric Maher.
At the time of Froome’s arrest, drug enforcement agents seized 402 marijuana plants at various stages of growth and about 25 pounds of drying marijuana at the Baker Road site, according to the task force.
Agents located at Froome’s Paynes Creek Road residence $9,591 in cash, a rifle and financial documents, according to Maher.
From Ludwig’s Willow Street residence, agents seized four pistols, one shotgun, documents, and how-to books on growing marijuana, stated Maher.
“The marijuana garden operation was complete with artificial lighting, watering systems, cooling systems and charcoal filters to absorb the smell,” he said. “Both men had medical marijuana recommends and tried to pass the garden off as a collective, but the operation was commercial and for the purpose of selling marijuana for profit.”
Both defendants are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 22 for arraignment.