Chehalis Man Accused of Growing Pot Gets 20-Day Sentence, Work Release

By The Chronicle

A Chehalis man arrested last summer after an anonymous tip led officers to find more than 1,000 marijuana plants in his home and garage told a judge Wednesday that he never intended to sell the plants for personal use, but to be made into anti-seizure medication for children. 

Hector M. Patino Jr., 52, pleaded guilty in November to one count of manufacturing marijuana and was sentenced Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court to 20 days in jail with eligibility for work release. 

“It was disgustful what I put my family through,” he told Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee Wednesday. 

According to court documents and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded in August of last year to an address in the 300 block of Jackson Highway after getting an anonymous tip of a large, illegal marijuana grow at the address. 

They reported finding more than 500 mature plants and more than 700 marijuana starts. They also reported finding fans, filters, bags of potting soil, thermostats, fluorescent lights and loose marijuana leaves.