Pot trial highlights potential yields, collective agreement
The potential crop yield from a South County couple’s marijuana grow was the topic of discussion as their trial entered its first full day in Nevada County Superior Court Wednesday.
Nancy and Craig Krekorian are facing charges of illegal cultivation and possession for sale, in relation to a narcotics search conducted on their property in July 2014.
Sheriff’s deputies reportedly found 144 marijuana plants in various stages of growth on the property, where there were five medical marijuana recommendations.
They reportedly also found 90 pounds of marijuana cola on the stem, hanging from the ceiling of a drying and processing room.
Craig Krekorian, who is disabled and who is on Social Security, reportedly told Det. John Dzioba they would deliver their excess marijuana to a Southern California dispensary and would be paid about $2,000 a pound; he estimated they made about $100,000 to $200,000 a year.
Craig Krekorian repeatedly said that his wife handled the finances, and that he was guessing as to the potential yield and profit, Dzioba said in court Wednesday.
“There were times he was unclear,” Dzioba added.
Nancy Krekorian reportedly told Det. Mark Hollitz she sold marijuana to pay her bills, and said she made about $25,000 in 2014, and had spent $15,000 for supplies. She reportedly told Hollitz she didn’t know what a collective was, and she didn’t know the names of the buyers.
Dzioba testified extensively as to the potential yield from the Krekorians’ indoor and outdoor grows, which he estimated at between 50 to 60 pounds.
According to Dzioba, he arrived at that figure by pulling plants of similar size and moisture contest from the destruction pile at the Sheriff’s evidence storage location and trimming them, adding that he typically would factor in a weight loss of 20 to 40 percent due to drying.
Dzioba said he has seen a typical yield of one to one a half-pounds per plant for indoor grows and two to eight pounds per plant for outdoor grows. He said that the average sale price is $2,000 a pound, with dispensaries paying more and prices as high as $8,000 a pound outside California.
When asked where the $2,000 figure came from, he said he spoke to numerous individuals who sell marijuana to dispensaries, who told him they were being paid $1,000 to $2,500 a pound.
Defense attorney Jennifer Granger questioned Dzioba about his yield figures, which he said came from a number of sources, including narcotics task force members, confidential reliable informants, and growers at “hundreds” of gardens.
“I talk to cultivators, picking their brains,” he said. “In our county, (marijuana cultivation) is really relevant — it’s what we do.”
He agreed during cross-examination by Granger that he was not taking into account problems that could lower yield, and that detectives seized plants at the Krekorians’ property months before some were ready for harvest.
Granger called several witnesses Wednesday afternoon, including a man who testified regarding the Krekorians’ membership in a medical marijuana collective.
The trial will resume at 9 a.m. today in Dept. 4 with testimony from Nancy Krekorian and cannabis consultants Jason Browne.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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