"Thanks for the grow! You want them back? Call for the price ... We'll talk."
Ten minutes later, the phone rang.
"He's got to win one of America's dumbest criminal awards," said
The undercover detectives loaded the plants into a pickup truck and met Locascio, who handed over the cash — and was arrested.
A court-approved search of his apartment turned up
20 smaller pot plants, four pounds of freshly harvested pot in a
freezer and several 80 milligram Oxycontin pills. Detectives also
Locascio and his wife, Christine, 50, were charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and sale of marijuana.
"The detectives left the note as a last ditch effort, thinking he would never call," Ramsay said. "But sometimes people do stupid things."
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