A New Hampshire judge has jailed an Auburn dope-grower who inadvertently blew his cover in a series of YouTube vids of his marijuana cultivation operation.
Police were alerted last year to Kyle Berry's handy online guides, but the cops did not require the services of Sherlock Holmes to lead them to his home's weed-packed basement. A quick shufti at the footage quickly revealed this ill-advised reflecto-incrimination moment:
Kyle Berry seen reflected in a shiny surface in his YouTube video
Just to make absolutely sure he'd cop a cuffing, Berry also featured "a package received from the United Kingdom containing marijuana seeds that shows the postage from the Royal Mail", as Assistant Rockingham County Attorney Jerome Blanchard explained in court earlier this week.
Blanchard elaborated: "The package has the defendant's name on it."
Berry claimed he wasn't in the dope business for the money, but rather "because of the pain he was in" as result of multiple operations. He said: "I did it because since 13, I've had 17 surgeries. I didn't realise how bad [sic] the medications I was on were clouding my judgment and killing me."
The defence argued that Berry was hardly a "drug kingpin", and Judge Marguerite Wageling agreed, although she expressed doubts the dope was all for personal use.
Berry pleaded guilty to "manufacturing a controlled drug". Wageling fined him $500 and sentenced him to 12 months' jail, with four months suspended. Before sending the perp down, the judge said: "Someone can't be all that smart to go on YouTube and post the types of video footage that you did."
Local news outfit WMUR has more and a video report here. ®