Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Times-News: Pot Trafficking Case Against Peter Rickards Set For Trial

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Prosecutors say they're ready to move forward with their marijuana trafficking case against anti-nuclear activist and one-time Idaho gubernatorial candidate Peter Rickards.

The Twin Falls County Sheriff's Department said it seized more than four pounds of marijuana May 24 when they arrested the 58-year-old Rickards. The pot had a reported street value of $17,000. 32 live marijuana plants were also sized.

But Rickards said that he had a "religious right" to his plants, adding that the plants were "sacramental" and served medicinal purposes.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Twin Falls County magistrate Judge Michael Redman found that evidence is sufficient to send the matter to trial. During a June 14 perliminary hearing, Twin Falls Detective Guy Joslin testified that he smelled fresh and burnt marijuana in Rickards' home at the time of the arrest.

Rickards is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, July 1.

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