Reporting Chuck Carroll
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — When you think marijuana and the Washington Redskins there are a few names that immediately come to mind.
But this story is a little different and doesn’t involve the usual suspects. Instead, this particular Redskins player’s innocent family was victimized by drug suppliers in a sense.
The story goes something like this . . .
Adam Carriker’s in-laws have a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o. And on that farm criminals secretly grew some pot, ee-i-ee-i-o my god!
The defensive end and his wife talked about the covert marijuana operation taking place right under their family’s nose on a farm in Nebraska during “4th & Pain” — the radio show he and I co-host on 106.7 The FAN.
As it turns out, this isn’t altogether uncommon.
Carriker says marijuana growers wait for farmers to plant crops in their fields. Once they have grown ‘high’ enough, the “people that like to grow organic leaves that are smoked” will come in, chop a few down and replace them with a crop of their own.
The plan is rather ingenious and would be categorized as nearly brilliant if not for the whole legal issue… and the fact the stash was discovered (spoiler).
“They let the farmers water them, fertilize them and the farmers are unaware of this,” said Carriker.
Because the land is so vast and large machines are used to tend to much of it, the odds of spotting the rogue crop are minimal.
Just before the farmers go to harvest their crop, the criminals sneak back on the land and retrieve some of Snoop’s finest.
According to Adam’s wife, police discovered the stash and gave her parents a heads up that their farm was about to be raided. Mind you, the heads up came just seconds before their late night siege on the century-old farm.
“It was nuts,” she said. “They had been following these people. . . There was a helicopter, the sheriff’s office, the FBI had people in harvesting it.”
The Carrikers explained the whole thing on the show, a clip of which has been posted on YouTube.
Jokes aside, her family would check on their crops at night and would sometimes unknowingly come within feet of the criminals who were doing a little cannabis maintenance.
The investigation revealed the same group who planted the marijuana on that farm had done the same on about five others in the area. The raids were executed simultaneously.
As it also turns out, the Carriker’s also own land on the farm and the weed was nearly planted on their property. Just imagine that headline.
And just to be clear one final time, his family was not charged and had absolutely nothing to do with the operation.
We now return you to normal OTA coverage.