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Actresses' brother, surprise guest found during drug raid


While he is not a household name to New Jersey residents, the brother of actress Alicia Silverstone has found himself in the spotlight. The 43-year-old man was reportedly booked by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office for cultivating and processing marijuana and possessing marijuana for sale. He was at a location in Redwood Valley, California at around 7:30 p.m. on July 21 when a raid occurred.

Mr. Silverstone's bond amount was $25,000, and he was released around an hour after he was detained. Both Silverstone siblings support environmentally friendly projects, and Alicia declined to comment on her brother's arrest. The brother reportedly posts about the fruits and vegetables he grows on Facebook, and the authorities found 181 marijuana plants during the bust. The Mendocino County District Attorney is reviewing the two felony charges against Mr. Silverstone along with the charges filed against others in the raid.

In an odd turn of events, former POW and alleged army deserter Bowe Bergdahl had earlier been at the site where the raid occurred. He was treated as a witness and interviewed, and no charges were filed against him as investigators concluded he was not part of the growing operation. He reportedly cooperated with the police and told them he was visiting friends, and Bergdahl was later released back to the U.S. Army.

Those involved in this case make the story seem rather sensational, but an attorney working on a case like this would likely focus on other details when a police raid takes place. For example, an attorney might look at who authorized the raid and why and make sure law enforcement officials had proper cause to conduct it. If a search is not legal, then any evidence obtained through it may not admissible in court.

Source: Daily News, "Alicia Silverstone's brother busted in Bowe Bergdahl marijuana raid", Doyle Murphy, July 27, 2015

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