Four men, including Blockchain Novelties owner Leo Bailey, were arrested after narcotics detectives from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office (EDSO) executed a search warrant at a South Lake Tahoe home on Thursday, October 15. Leo Bailey is the owner of Blockchain Novelties, an online seed bank.
Blockchain Novelties Owner Arrested
Upon arrival, the following four suspects were detained inside the residence:
- Leo Bailey, age 39
- Benjamin Bailey, age 36
- Randall Bailey, age 57
- Michael Patterson, age 30
According to EDSO, Michael Patterson attempted to flee from the residence on foot but surrendered to a Sheriff K9 police dog.
Butane Hash Oil Labs Found In South Lake Tahoe Home
A search of the residence revealed two active closed-loop BHO labs used to commercially mass-produce concentrated cannabis. 231 marijuana plants were found growing indoors and all of them were eradicated and seized. Detectives located more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana, 30 pounds of processed BHO, and two handguns.
The investigation also revealed that suspect Leo Bailey was likely shipping marijuana and BHO throughout the United States including Puerto Rico, and other countries.EDSO Sgt. Anthony Prencipe
All four suspects were arrested and booked for the following:
- Manufacturing a controlled substance
- Operating and maintaining a drug house
- Possession of marijuana for sales
- Criminal conspiracy
They are currently in the El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe on over $2,000,000 bail each.
No other information, including the address where the labs were allegedly located, is available at this time.
The police mentioned that they “likely” were shipping marijuana and BHO throughout the USA and other countries, but have yet to give an explanation to this theory.
Why is it that child molesters in the same county are only given a $20,000 bail?
There are a lot of unanswered questions. Please chime in below with your thoughts.
Wanna help? Go see their GoFundMe and donate what you can to help them fight the good fight.
Shelby B is organizing this fundraiser.
This is the FREE ALCHEMY FUND! My name is Shelby and I have arranged this fundraiser on behalf of Leo Bailey. The sole purpose of this fundraiser is to seek support for legal and living expenses for Leo Bailey, his father and brother They have all been arrested and charged with multiple felonies related to a cannabis grow bust and are now being held with bail exceeding $2,000,000 each. Leo is being held without bail. As we all know, marijuana is recreationally legal in California and has been medically legal in this state since 1996. So why are they still treating growers like criminals running a drug enterprise? Murderers get more reasonable bail terms
Without serious fundraising support, they will be another victim to the war on drugs and the evil Prop64 has done in California. Our legal team estimates that we are looking at fees in excess of $75,000 to retain defense for all parties involved. As of right now, they are facing serious prison time and no realistic opportunity for bail. In addition to the mounting legal expenditures, we are at a loss as to how we will keep up on the mortgage and bills while everyone is locked up and completely powerless.
Leo Bailey, alchemyofawesome, humbly hopes that his friends in the community will step up to help him at the lowest point in his life. He has been there for so many others when they needed him and now we pray that karma will come back around.
Leo’s elderly father, on-the-spectrum brother, and childhood best friend have all been wrapped up in this as co-conspirators. We have been in constant contact with legal representation discussing all possible avenues and the short of it… the DA wants to make an example of them. We are desperate to find any means to make sure these guys have a fair shot at a defense and reasonable sentencing. All proceeds will be used on legal defense and rebuilding the lives of these 4 men.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to read that. Whether you can donate or not, please just keep us all in your positive thoughts. This has rocked an entire family and we are VERY scared for the futures of our loved ones.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE OR HERE TO GO TO THEIR GOFUNDME PAGE
UPDATE: Everyone has made bail and they are awaiting trial. The recent fires in the Lake Tahoe area have made it hard for everyone and their court dates have been rescheduled to a later date. Once there is more news on this case, we will post it for you. Thank you to all who sent money through GoFundMe.