Two Visalia Men Arrested on Marijuana Cultivation & Transportation Charges

On January 31st, Detectives from the Visalia Police Department’s Narcotic Unit seized a package containing over ten pounds of processed marijuana that was being shipped to Florida. Since Florida is not a medical marijuana state, the possession of this amount would be considered a felony. During the investigation, 47-year-old John Wesley Bolin was identified as the person sending the package to Florida. The investigation also found information connecting 41-year-old William Shayne Smoot to this incident. On February 1st at about 2:00 p.m. a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle driven by Bolin and he was taken into custody. A search warrant was conducted at Bolin’s home in the 700 block of South Locust, where detectives located an indoor marijuana grow and a small amount of methamphetamine. Detectives also located ammunition inside of the home. Bolin is a convicted felon and may not possess ammunition. He was booked into the Tulare County Jail for Possession of Marijuana for Sales; Cultivation of Marijuana; Transportation of Marijuana; Possession of Methamphetamine; and a Felon in Possession of Ammunition.

On February 7th at around 1:30 p.m., Detectives served a search warrant at the home of William Smoot in the 1900 block of East Meadowbrook. Detectives found an indoor marijuana grow and evidence further connecting Smoot to the mailing of the package. He was booked into the Tulare County Jail for Possession of Marijuana for Sales; Cultivation of Marijuana; Transportation of Marijuana; and Conspiracy.  Located in a freezer at the home were two bobcats that did not have the proper hunting tags affixed. A warden from the Department of Fish and Game responded and took possession of the carcasses and Smoot was charged with two counts of the unlawful possession of game, a misdemeanor.  Both Bolin and Smoot were in possession of medical recommendations for the cultivation and possession of marijuana. It is still, however, illegal to cultivate, possess, and/or transport marijuana for the purposes of sales; particularly to states or territories that do not recognize medical marijuana.

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