Taney Co. Deputies Seize Over 100 Pot Plants in Branson

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by Tim Church



Taney Co. Deputies Seize Over 100 Pot Plants in Branson     TC    3-16


BRANSON, Mo. – Taney County Sheriff’s Deputies seize over 100 marijuana plants at a home in Branson on Tuesday, March 15th.

Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell reports his office served a search warrant for illegal drugs at a residence at 370 River Bluff Drive in Branson:


A 35-year-old male and a 32-year-old female, who reportedly live at the residence, were taken into custody. As of report time they are being held in the Taney County Jail awaiting the filing of formal charges.

Taney County Deputies were assisted by officers with the Branson Police Department in securing the residence, due to the size of the two leveled structure.



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6 thoughts on “Taney Co. Deputies Seize Over 100 Pot Plants in Branson”

  1. A Freedom Fighter

    Just plain stupid! So, these cops had solved every single murder and violent crime and were looking for something more to do right? Anyone can see that cannabis prohibition is a complete waste of precious law enforcement and court resources! Lazy police officers picking soft targets instead of fighting real crimes. So back to work lazy cops on, unsolved murders, rapes, assault and theft and leave harmless cannabis alone!

    Figures from the Center for Disease Control on numbers of deaths per year in the USA:

    * Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
    * Tobacco: 390,323
    * Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
    * Cocaine: 4,906
    * Heroin: 7,200
    * Aspirin: 466
    * Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
    * Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

    So, which is safer???? Legalize, regulate and TAX!

  2. Mr. Richardson

    Its election season so I’m sure the sheriff is working to promote himself with free media attention. Just look at the news lately. First get gets involved in stolen cop car that didnt even occur in Taney Co, now this drug bust. He wants people to believe he is hard at work. Which is BULL. He will fire any employee who doesnt vote for him, and yes he asks every one of them how they voted. We have a lazy, unprofessional, circus show for a sheriffs office, and ZERO leadership at the top.

  3. Mr. Richardson

    Actually I do know what im talking about. 1 investigator was fired for not supporting/voting for the sheriff in the last election. I have plenty of inside connections to what goes on with local law enforcement and I can tell you the public is CLUELESS about what actually happens.

    1. Yes, Mr. Richardson, you do know what you’re talking about. Unfortunately you’ve failed to mention the far more egregious problems under Sheriff Russell’s leadership. He’s done much worse than merely fire people for not kissing his butt. For example, busting a marijuana grow operation while he’s turned a blind eye to the far more serious problem of meth labs, including those in eastern Taney County, and even out in the Taneyville area where he lives, is the height of hypocrisy. Even when meth labs do get raided (and those are few and far between, considering the size of the problem that still exists) somehow the operators always get tipped off in advance and are long gone (hmmm). As Will Rogers said, “We have the best politicians money can buy.”

  4. The name of the accused is William Banfi. He’s been charged with some pretty serious stuff. Home Town Daily News hasn’t been exactly “dialy” with the updates on this story (and it is an interesting story). So I had to go looking elsewhere for details. From another article I found this: “William Banfi told investigators that he is sick and marijuana helps that. He also said he helps others.” Not only is such a thing plausible, it’s been argued in other States before, as well as in other countries.
    It most certainly was the case with Rick Simpson who grew cannabis and produced high concentrate oil which he gave away and helped hundreds of Canadians with, a number of which were cured of life threatening diseases. His medical marijuana activism helped to bring about dramatic changes in Canada. None of his patients were ever charged with illegal possession, though the RCMP was well aware of Simpson’s activities. I fear that won’t be the case with William Banfi’s customers. Banfi should have known better than to maintain such damning evidence as, “Several ledgers containing names, dates and reason as “Distribution” were also found.” Big mistake with that, and if I’d been one of Banfi’s customers I’d be contacting an experienced attorney pronto. It’s possible that, like Rick Simpson, William Banfi may have actually had customers with legitimate medical problems that were being dramatically helped with his herb. If that can be shown then things might go better for him in court. 24 States so far have medical marijuana laws on the books, and it’s likely that 2016 will be the year that we see at least adozen more added to that list, and that includes Missouri. Unfortunately for Mr. Banfi he jumped the gun.

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