Jason Hales, Convicted Sex Offender, Busted for Pot Growing Room in House
Comedian Damon Wayans once said, "I have a friend in jail for something he didn't do. He didn't run fast enough." But the reality is so many criminals get busted not for an inability to escape, but because they do really stupid things.
Take the case of Jason Hales, a convicted sex offender living in Dickinson. Hales, 36, was being investigated by the authorities because it was discovered he was living in a residence and had not registered, which is required of all sex offenders.
Okay, here's your first mistake, Jason. If you are on probation and don't want to go back to jail, you might want to comply with the terms of your parole. This is particularly important if you are planning another kind of criminal enterprise like, oh, I don't know, growing weed.
According to a report from KTRK-TV, Dickinson police executed a search warrant at Hales's home in the 3000 block of Crest Drive. What they found when they got there was a little more than a simple parole violation. Apparently, Hales had a "elaborate indoor marijuana grow operation" inside a hidden room with 15 plants and 10 seedlings.
I mean, bravo on the initiative, I guess? But, if you are going to go from sex offender to pot dealer, you might want to be as good a little boy as possible when it comes to your parole officer or they will, you know, bust you again.
Brandi Hales, 34, was also arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana. Jason got the same charge plus failure to comply with sex offender registration, which is what landed him in this mess in the first place. Way to go, man. Way to go.
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