Koopman Cannabis Case Drags On

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
AMS Director Jennifer Koopman

AMS Director Jennifer Koopman

Daniel Mintz

Eye Correspondent

EUREKA/ARCATA – The marijuana cultivation case against Arcata Main Street Executive Director Jennifer Koopman has yet to reach a preliminary hearing stage and a medical defense is being prepared.

The next court date for the case is March 28, as Koopman’s attorney, Patrik Griego of the Eureka-based Janssen Malloy LLP law firm, has asked for time to obtain a variety of documentation he’ll need for defense.

That includes documentation for a medical defense. By the end of the month, the case will either be resolved or a date will be set for a preliminary hearing.

In addition to cultivation and sales, Koopman is accused of “allowing a place for preparing and storing a controlled substance” and child endangerment related to allegedly hazardous electrical rigging.

The county’s Child Welfare Services department has investigated the child’s living conditions and deemed them to be safe. Koopman’s seven-year-old daughter had been placed with a relative for a short time but has been returned to her custody.

The county’s Drug Task Force searched Koopman’s house on Manzanita Avenue in Eureka on Nov. 2 while no one was home and according to a press release, “267 marijuana plants that ranged in size from three foot to four foot in height” were found in the garage and seized.

Agents also seized $3,700 in cash “from inside of the residence,” the release states.

A “possible electrical fire hazard” at the growing site was suspected and county building officials were called to the scene. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company was directed to turn off the power.

Having “learned that Koopman was at work in Arcata,” agents went there and “located Koopman at her place of work,” arresting her.

Warrant affidavits for PG&E records and the home search reveal how the investigation was informed. Task Force Agent Stanley Harkness, a Eureka police officer, said in the affidavits that in late October, he spoke with an unidentified informer referred to as CCI-1, who reported having repeatedly smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the house while walking and driving by it.

A “large amount of traffic,” which had been “heavier over the prior few weeks” was also reported by CCI-1.

The informant is no stranger to police. Harkness states that disclosure of CCI-1’s identity could “jeopardize their safety and their future usefulness to law enforcement.” He adds that CCI-1 is “providing information to law enforcement for the good of the community and not for any consideration in a pending criminal case or for financial gain.”

The visitations of Koopman’s apparent boyfriend were also observed and reported to police by CCI-1.

After well-known county marijuana enforcer Sgt. Wayne Hansen went to the house and confirmed the odor of marijuana, a warrant for the PG&E information was submitted and approved.

Harkness said the records showed that since May of 2012, there’d been an average electrical usage of 4463 kilowatt hours per month, which the affidavit describes as “well above the average and reasonable use for a home this size.”

Based on that plus CCI-1’s and Hansen’s observations, a warrant to search Koopman’s home was obtained.

Griego declined to comment on the allegations but indicated that he’s preparing a medical status defense.

Koopman’s arrest gained a lot of attention and “shocked” the Main Street board, according to a statement released by Robin Hashem, its president at the time.

Hashem was the lead organizer of the Nip it in the Bud campaign, which raised awareness of marijuana growing impacts in residential neighborhoods and encouraged residents to work with police to respond to them.

She resigned as board president in early February. Asked about it, she said it was due to personal and work obligations and wasn’t related to Koopman’s arrest.

 

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39 Responses to “Koopman Cannabis Case Drags On”

  1. Sterling Hallbrook

    Just terrible. Ms Koopman looks awfully ill. It's a good thing she has her medicine. What a friggin' joke.

    #65138
  2. Sterling Hallbrook

    Just terrible. Ms Koopman looks awfully ill. It's a good thing she has her medicine. What a friggin' joke.

    #66005
  3. Sterling Hallbrook

    Just terrible. Ms Koopman looks awfully ill. It's a good thing she has her medicine. What a friggin' joke.

    #66589
  4. Sterling Hallbrook

    Just terrible. Ms Koopman looks awfully ill. It's a good thing she has her medicine. What a friggin' joke.

    #66871
  5. Sterling Hallbrook

    Just terrible. Ms Koopman looks awfully ill. It's a good thing she has her medicine. What a friggin' joke.

    #67346
  6. Sterling Hallbrook

    Just terrible. Ms Koopman looks awfully ill. It's a good thing she has her medicine. What a friggin' joke.

    #68003
  7. Good luck Jennifer Koopman.

    #65140
  8. Good luck Jennifer Koopman.

    #66006
  9. Good luck Jennifer Koopman.

    #66590
  10. Good luck Jennifer Koopman.

    #66872
  11. Good luck Jennifer Koopman.

    #67347
  12. Good luck Jennifer Koopman.

    #68004
  13. Meanwhile, back at the ranch…the house was being ransacked, the cattle were being rustled, and Granma was being raped by the cowboys….

    Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime…to those that are REAL crimes.

    I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida…charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana.

    As those 5 years rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going…while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'…we stayed for YEARS.

    I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration.
    I admit, I had a great time.
    No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved…there were no victims.

    We were Americans…doing what Americans do best…living free.

    The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank.
    I think you may enjoy it…

    #65149
  14. Meanwhile, back at the ranch…the house was being ransacked, the cattle were being rustled, and Granma was being raped by the cowboys….

    Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime…to those that are REAL crimes.

    I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida…charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana.

    As those 5 years rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going…while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'…we stayed for YEARS.

    I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration.
    I admit, I had a great time.
    No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved…there were no victims.

    We were Americans…doing what Americans do best…living free.

    The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank.
    I think you may enjoy it…

    #66007
  15. Meanwhile, back at the ranch…the house was being ransacked, the cattle were being rustled, and Granma was being raped by the cowboys….

    Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime…to those that are REAL crimes.

    I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida…charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana.

    As those 5 years rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going…while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'…we stayed for YEARS.

    I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration.
    I admit, I had a great time.
    No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved…there were no victims.

    We were Americans…doing what Americans do best…living free.

    The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank.
    I think you may enjoy it…

    #66591
  16. Meanwhile, back at the ranch…the house was being ransacked, the cattle were being rustled, and Granma was being raped by the cowboys….

    Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime…to those that are REAL crimes.

    I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida…charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana.

    As those 5 years rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going…while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'…we stayed for YEARS.

    I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration.
    I admit, I had a great time.
    No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved…there were no victims.

    We were Americans…doing what Americans do best…living free.

    The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank.
    I think you may enjoy it…

    #66873
  17. Meanwhile, back at the ranch…the house was being ransacked, the cattle were being rustled, and Granma was being raped by the cowboys….

    Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime…to those that are REAL crimes.

    I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida…charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana.

    As those 5 years rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going…while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'…we stayed for YEARS.

    I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration.
    I admit, I had a great time.
    No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved…there were no victims.

    We were Americans…doing what Americans do best…living free.

    The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank.
    I think you may enjoy it…

    #67348
  18. Meanwhile, back at the ranch…the house was being ransacked, the cattle were being rustled, and Granma was being raped by the cowboys….

    Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime…to those that are REAL crimes.

    I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida…charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana.

    As those 5 years rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going…while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'…we stayed for YEARS.

    I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration.
    I admit, I had a great time.
    No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved…there were no victims.

    We were Americans…doing what Americans do best…living free.

    The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank.
    I think you may enjoy it…

    #68005
  19. The concept most overlooked in 'the war on drugs.'…freedom of the individual.

    We are Americans..we live in a free country…this is what we have been told since birth.

    The prohibition of marijuana is a farce. It is time to start living the way our forefathers intended.

    I wish Ms. Koopman a very speedy and complete exoneration.

    #65150
  20. The concept most overlooked in 'the war on drugs.'…freedom of the individual.

    We are Americans..we live in a free country…this is what we have been told since birth.

    The prohibition of marijuana is a farce. It is time to start living the way our forefathers intended.

    I wish Ms. Koopman a very speedy and complete exoneration.

    #66008
  21. The concept most overlooked in 'the war on drugs.'…freedom of the individual.

    We are Americans..we live in a free country…this is what we have been told since birth.

    The prohibition of marijuana is a farce. It is time to start living the way our forefathers intended.

    I wish Ms. Koopman a very speedy and complete exoneration.

    #66592
  22. The concept most overlooked in 'the war on drugs.'…freedom of the individual.

    We are Americans..we live in a free country…this is what we have been told since birth.

    The prohibition of marijuana is a farce. It is time to start living the way our forefathers intended.

    I wish Ms. Koopman a very speedy and complete exoneration.

    #66874
  23. The concept most overlooked in 'the war on drugs.'…freedom of the individual.

    We are Americans..we live in a free country…this is what we have been told since birth.

    The prohibition of marijuana is a farce. It is time to start living the way our forefathers intended.

    I wish Ms. Koopman a very speedy and complete exoneration.

    #67349
  24. The concept most overlooked in 'the war on drugs.'…freedom of the individual.

    We are Americans..we live in a free country…this is what we have been told since birth.

    The prohibition of marijuana is a farce. It is time to start living the way our forefathers intended.

    I wish Ms. Koopman a very speedy and complete exoneration.

    #68006
  25. Bush Man

    Why oh why do people bother with humboldt?
    There's money being made by the sheriffs on the side and the DA knows.
    Lame ducks never get off the ground.
    She sits in limbo while I watch my twitching/tweaking baby making, ebt abusing neighbors.
    Time to bring in outside money and clean this hell hole of a county up.
    Politicians are oblivious, police officers operating with impunity. Sheriffs tsk tsk tsk.
    Flush this county out!
    Time to buy it up and get rid of the politicians, fascist cops and the samba zombies.
    Keep sleeping.

    #66009
  26. Bush Man

    Why oh why do people bother with humboldt?
    There's money being made by the sheriffs on the side and the DA knows.
    Lame ducks never get off the ground.
    She sits in limbo while I watch my twitching/tweaking baby making, ebt abusing neighbors.
    Time to bring in outside money and clean this hell hole of a county up.
    Politicians are oblivious, police officers operating with impunity. Sheriffs tsk tsk tsk.
    Flush this county out!
    Time to buy it up and get rid of the politicians, fascist cops and the samba zombies.
    Keep sleeping.

    #66593
  27. Bush Man

    Why oh why do people bother with humboldt?
    There's money being made by the sheriffs on the side and the DA knows.
    Lame ducks never get off the ground.
    She sits in limbo while I watch my twitching/tweaking baby making, ebt abusing neighbors.
    Time to bring in outside money and clean this hell hole of a county up.
    Politicians are oblivious, police officers operating with impunity. Sheriffs tsk tsk tsk.
    Flush this county out!
    Time to buy it up and get rid of the politicians, fascist cops and the samba zombies.
    Keep sleeping.

    #66875
  28. Bush Man

    Why oh why do people bother with humboldt?
    There's money being made by the sheriffs on the side and the DA knows.
    Lame ducks never get off the ground.
    She sits in limbo while I watch my twitching/tweaking baby making, ebt abusing neighbors.
    Time to bring in outside money and clean this hell hole of a county up.
    Politicians are oblivious, police officers operating with impunity. Sheriffs tsk tsk tsk.
    Flush this county out!
    Time to buy it up and get rid of the politicians, fascist cops and the samba zombies.
    Keep sleeping.

    #67350
  29. Bush Man

    Why oh why do people bother with humboldt?
    There's money being made by the sheriffs on the side and the DA knows.
    Lame ducks never get off the ground.
    She sits in limbo while I watch my twitching/tweaking baby making, ebt abusing neighbors.
    Time to bring in outside money and clean this hell hole of a county up.
    Politicians are oblivious, police officers operating with impunity. Sheriffs tsk tsk tsk.
    Flush this county out!
    Time to buy it up and get rid of the politicians, fascist cops and the samba zombies.
    Keep sleeping.

    #68007
  30. Bush Man

    Hansen your an idiot. You play the fed game but we know you. A bullied little boy who got a badge.
    No wonder she's screwing somebody else.

    #66010
  31. Bush Man

    Hansen your an idiot. You play the fed game but we know you. A bullied little boy who got a badge.
    No wonder she's screwing somebody else.

    #66594
  32. Bush Man

    Hansen your an idiot. You play the fed game but we know you. A bullied little boy who got a badge.
    No wonder she's screwing somebody else.

    #66876
  33. Bush Man

    Hansen your an idiot. You play the fed game but we know you. A bullied little boy who got a badge.
    No wonder she's screwing somebody else.

    #67351
  34. Bush Man

    Hansen your an idiot. You play the fed game but we know you. A bullied little boy who got a badge.
    No wonder she's screwing somebody else.

    #68008
  35. I want to know who CCI-1 is it seems like they turn in a lot of folks. Also, under the law don't you have a right to face your accuser?
    Confidential or anonymous informants shouldn't be enough for a warrant, and smell is not probable cause for a warrant or search in CA according to the CA Supreme court.

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/10/appeal_court_rejects_marijuana_search_based_on_sme.php

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/06/federal_ruling_may_change_probable_cause_in_mariju.php

    #66011
  36. I want to know who CCI-1 is it seems like they turn in a lot of folks. Also, under the law don't you have a right to face your accuser?
    Confidential or anonymous informants shouldn't be enough for a warrant, and smell is not probable cause for a warrant or search in CA according to the CA Supreme court.

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/10/appeal_court_rejects_marijuana_search_based_on_sme.php

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/06/federal_ruling_may_change_probable_cause_in_mariju.php

    #66595
  37. I want to know who CCI-1 is it seems like they turn in a lot of folks. Also, under the law don't you have a right to face your accuser?
    Confidential or anonymous informants shouldn't be enough for a warrant, and smell is not probable cause for a warrant or search in CA according to the CA Supreme court.

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/10/appeal_court_rejects_marijuana_search_based_on_sme.php

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/06/federal_ruling_may_change_probable_cause_in_mariju.php

    #66877
  38. I want to know who CCI-1 is it seems like they turn in a lot of folks. Also, under the law don't you have a right to face your accuser?
    Confidential or anonymous informants shouldn't be enough for a warrant, and smell is not probable cause for a warrant or search in CA according to the CA Supreme court.

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/10/appeal_court_rejects_marijuana_search_based_on_sme.php

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/06/federal_ruling_may_change_probable_cause_in_mariju.php

    #67352
  39. I want to know who CCI-1 is it seems like they turn in a lot of folks. Also, under the law don't you have a right to face your accuser?
    Confidential or anonymous informants shouldn't be enough for a warrant, and smell is not probable cause for a warrant or search in CA according to the CA Supreme court.

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/10/appeal_court_rejects_marijuana_search_based_on_sme.php

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/06/federal_ruling_may_change_probable_cause_in_mariju.php

    #68009

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