Odor of marijuana: Indoor nursery in rural Chehalis

Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

Hector M. Patino Jr. prepares for his turn before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An anonymous report of someone growing marijuana at a residence on the 3300 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis led to a visit from law enforcement and a man confessing he did have some plants in his garage, but most were dying.

After deputies secured a search warrant, they reportedly found more than 500 plants in the garage and then 775 starter plants in another room in the home.

Hector M. Patino Jr., 52, told deputies he brought the plants with him when the family moved in a few weeks ago, according to court documents. He said his wife and child knew about them, but didn’t tend to them in any way.

Patino was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail after the visit on Tuesday by sheriff’s deputies. He was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, charged with one count of manufacture of marijuana.

Judge James Lawler allowed him release on $10,000 unsecured bail.

According to charging documents in the case, deputies went to the home where they spoke to Patino’s wife, who told them there was no marijuana being grown there and they should wait for her husband.

As they walked back to their vehicles, the deputies smelled the odor of marijuana from the closed garage and heard what sounded like fans running, according to the documents.

When they were able to contact the husband, he allowed them inside to search part of the residence, and subsequently, the rest of the area, according to the allegations.

In a loft area, the deputies saw remnants of potting soil and observed the area appeared to have been cleared out. In the end, deputies located other items as well as the plants, such as several fluorescent lights, fans, filters, thermostats, an electronic pump and bags of potting soil, according to charging documents.

Patino’s arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 31. Manufacture of marijuana is a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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5 Responses to “Odor of marijuana: Indoor nursery in rural Chehalis”


    Oh yes I HAVE… I knew him as Manny or Manuel, He screwed my boss out of a ton of money, he is a liar a con man and master manipulator.

  2. HAHAHAHA says:

    KARMA. Please respond again. It sounds as though you have had dealings with Hector. ME ALSO… I would love to talk to you. Respond again and hopefully we can hook up ( on your terms of course).

  3. Whats your major malfunction Pyle says:

    LIKE BOOM!!!!

  4. KARMA indeed says:

    Yes, karma caught up with hector.

    He deserves whatever happens now and more!

  5. KARMA says:


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