The son of a high-profile Ohio crime lab director was caught with 44 kilos of marijuana and was given probation as an alternative of jail. Ken Betz is the previous Miami Valley Crime Lab director. His son, Thomas Betz (39), was given a sweetheart deal to keep away from jail time, a plea deal many are decrying as foul.
Betz was arrested with pal Michael Dorley (41) after 4 completely different properties had been raided in Might of 2017. The houses and locations of enterprise had been suspected fronts for his or her marijuana develop operation.
On the time of their arrest, Betz’ father, Ken, was working because the director of the crime lab, the identical establishment which is charged with figuring out whether or not or not substances discovered throughout police investigations are authorized or not. He’s a regulation enforcement officer. As soon as hashish goes to the crime lab, it’s then licensed as proof for use in courtroom instances towards defendants.
You will need to level out that TFTP advocates that nobody go to jail for possessing or promoting this plant. Nevertheless, we really feel it essential to level out the obtrusive particular privilege and hypocrisy on this case.
We at TFTP routinely report on instances involving the general public whereby residents are routinely imprisoned for small quantities of hashish. One pound of hashish comprises 453.592 grams. Betz was caught with nearly 20,000 grams and but was given probation. Against this, in 2014 Gary Howard, a Louisiana man present in possession of 18 grams was given an 18-year sentence in jail for pot possession.
Two politicians had been arrested this week and are dealing with life in jail for having a similar amount of the plant.
Others who’ve been arrested for minor pot possession have additionally suffered unspeakable atrocities nicely past being marked as a felon for all times, lack of earnings, or public shaming. In March of 2018, a Texas mom who was utilizing hashish for her epilepsy was arrested and brought to jail after being discovered with half a gram of weed. She was taken to the Harris County jail the place she says she was raped by a jailhouse guard.
Betz pleaded responsible to first-degree felony conspiracy, unlawful cultivation and cash laundering. He was given probation by a visiting Decide Thomas Herman, who retired from Clermont County, Ohio. Decide Herman appeared to make it obvious that Betz was dealing with critical jail time if he violated the phrases of his probation.
The decide said, “We’re as much as 17 years, Mr. Betz, do you perceive that?” However for the various hundreds (probably over one million) of those that are at the moment incarcerated for marijuana crimes, the irony isn’t misplaced. They’re in jail for possession and a few for distribution, however a cop’s son will get caught working a develop operation of almost 50 kilos of weed and he will get out of jail by forfeiting precious property and being a cop’s son.
Betz reportedly handed over hundreds in monetary property. Based on the My Dayton Every day Information:
Betz was made to forfeit $75,000 of the sale of a residence at 5753 Woodville Dr. in Dayton the place the develop operation was found, a 2011 GMC Denali and three financial institution accounts value about $10,000. Herman additionally ordered intensive probation to start out, therapy providers and 80 hours of neighborhood service.
Even the Butler County Assistant Prosecutor appeared happy with the decide’s determination. Jon Marshall was named as a particular prosecutor within the case to keep away from the obtrusive battle of curiosity. Marshall said:
Our job as prosecutors is to make it possible for defendants are held accountable for breaking the regulation…That occurred right here with their convictions. The police had been in a position to examine this case completely. They had been in a position to cease a significant marijuana develop operation. Because of the police’s laborious work, we had been in a position to convict each of those defendants of very critical prices.
These convictions have, to this point, led to nobody going to jail. The 2 perpetrators had been well-connected throughout the police division. The decide was a retired decide whose connections to Betz’ household are unclear. And the particular prosecutor appeared all too pleased with the decide’s determination to let two recognized drug cultivators get a slap on the wrist. All of the whereas hundreds of others sit rotting away in jail in a failed conflict on medication.
Essentially the most excessive profile of which can be North Carolina former medical physician Gordon Piland III. Piland III was given 18 years in jail for having two bottles of prescription capsules belonging to his deceased dad and mom and a bag of poppy seeds. His household informed TFTP the actual purpose he was arrested and charged was as a result of he was serving to individuals locally heal their sicknesses with hashish.