A spokesperson for the Ventura County Jail has confirmed they are detaining a transient who was found to be growing marijuana plants on his encampment.
Simi Valley police officers stumbled upon the illegal encampment while they were patrolling a local canyon. The area is close in proximity to West Los Angeles Avenue. A short time after they began walking through the canyon the officers stumbled upon now defendant Jerry Parks. Parks was found to be in possession of multiple weapons. It was later discovered that he had a crop of eight marijuana plants growing in the vicinity.
Parks was handcuffed, read his Miranda rights and transported to the Ventrua County Jail. He has been charged with the illegal cultivation of marijuana. Jail records show is bail has been set at $10,000. If a family member wishes to hire an expert bondsman to arrange a bond their cost would be $1,000 or 10%. The most important thing they will want to remember is that a bail bonds agreement form requires they take responsibility that the defendant will appear in court to resolve his case.
Simi Valley police reportedly said this is not the first transient they have arrested on drug charges in the past several days. Five other men have been detained and charged on possession of drugs, a felony narcotics warrant, possession of paraphernalia and other similar charges. Ventura County Jail officials said they do not believe these incidents are related.