A Kennewick man pleaded innocent Wednesday to allegations he sold a marijuana plant to an undercover detective after police found his advertisement on Craiglist.
Seth D. Farmer, 41, claimed he had too many plants growing inside his West Second Avenue home and was trying to make a little extra money for bills, court documents said.
Farmer, who had 54 plants during a police search, also said he needed $250 for a medical marijuana referral, documents said.
He faces a June 1 trial in Benton County Superior Court on one count of delivery of marijuana. He was allowed to remain out of custody on his personal recognizance while fighting the charge.
Kennewick Detective John Dorame got a tip last May about a person attempting to sell pot plants on the classified ads website.
Dorame found a “fully rooted clones $15” listing, which advertised “Lemmon Sour Diesel and Orange Kush Clones ‘fully rooted,’ ” court documents said.
The posting gave a contact phone number and Dorame reportedly used it to arrange the purchase of a plant. The seller, later identified as Farmer, asked Dorame if he was a medical marijuana patient and the officer said he was not, documents said.
Dorame went to Farmer’s home and met with the seller, who identified himself as “Seth.” Farmer said he was giving two extra plants in case there were any problems and Dorame handed over $8 in prerecorded money, court documents show.
Dorame left the home and about a minute later got a call from Farmer reassuring him “that the police located down the street were not looking into their contact,” documents said.
A search warrant was served on Farmer’s home later that day.
Farmer allegedly admitted having a marijuana grow in his house and creating the Craigslist posting.
Farmer also acknowledged not having any legal paperwork related to the grow, and that four forms found in his bedroom with the grow “were falsified medical marijuana referral papers that he located on the internet and were ‘just a joke,’ ” court documents said.
Kennewick officers went to Farmer’s home months before in March 2014 for an unrelated incident and, at that time, Farmer told another detective he did not have a Washington medical marijuana card but had one in California, documents said.
Farmer, who then had several pot plants in his home, allegedly told police he would get in compliance with Washington state laws.