Perhaps it is not the best idea to post video footage of your illegal marijuana grow operation on the Internet. However, if you must show off your felonious green thumb, you would be well advised to not cross the line from dumb to dumber like 29-year-old Zachary Peak, who after a recent arrest invited a Georgia police officer to watch his YouTube channel.
This whole brain dead tale began late last week, after Peak was busted at a Glenloch Recreation Center for Indecent Exposure. Now, while it remains a mystery as to why Peak thought it was a good idea to swim naked in a public pool during the middle of the day, it is even more bizarre that he would use his arrest as an opportunity to self-promote an incriminating social media account -- inviting the arresting officer to “check out his YouTube channel.”
"The officer didn't think anything of it at first," Lieutenant Mark Brown told 11Alive. "He eventually got around to find some time to look up the gentleman's YouTube page and found a significant grow house."
Of course, a video of a full grown man cultivating marijuana in his parent’s house was enough evidence for a judge to issue and search warrant, which led to police discovering “33 marijuana plants and articles to grow marijuana," said Brown.
Unfortunately, Peak’s ability to grow some nice looking weed is not at all a reflection of his ability to exercise common sense. Now, in addition to answering to his indecent exposure debacle, Peak is being facing a wealth of pot-related charges, including “using marijuana,” which not even in the anti-pot South is considered a crime.
Law enforcement agencies all across America have been using the social media and the metadata from photos to bust people for marijuana. Earlier this year, police in South Carolina raided the home of 30-year-old Jeremy Clayton, after he posted a photo of himself on Instagram holding a burning joint while flipping off the website of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
In September of last year, authorities busted a Louisiana teenager for possession of marijuana after a series of weed-related photos posted to Instagram spawned a narcotics investigation, which led them directly to her home.
There are now special sectors of law enforcement, both on a local and national level, whose primary focus is monitoring social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for evidence of criminal activity. Inside the current legal climate surrounding marijuana in the United States, posting photos or videos implicating yourself as a user, grower, or dealer of marijuana should be considered no different than walking into your local police department and offering up a confession.
Use your head, America… stop telling on yourself.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in High Times, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.