‘Insane’ Sheriff Makes Eight Arrests From Party That Produced Phelps Photo

Richland County, SC Sheriff Leon Lott arrested eight people in association with the picture of Michael Phelps smoking from a marijuana bong.The Michael Phelps bong photo fiasco continued today as Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott arrested eight people connected to the party where the photo was taken.

Already, the marijuana community is calling for the Sheriff to Free the Phelps 8!.

Cannabis Culture Magazine encourages readers to contact the sheriff and encourage him to end his ridiculous crusade against peaceful pot smokers!

Telephone: 1-803-576-3000
Fax: 1-803-576-3195
Email: [email protected]
Or write letters to:
5623 Two Notch Road
Columbia, South Carolina
29223


And Now Let’s Go Completely Insane, Starring Sheriff Leon Lott

Spencer Hall, SportingNews.com

Leon Lott, the Richland County, SC Sheriff, has now arrested eight people in association with the picture of Michael Phelps smoking from a marijuana bong. I’d post it here to refresh your memory, but I fear Lott would send policemen to bust down my door with a warrant, and I really like my front door. It works just fine as it is.
That’s eight people charged, including the owner of the house, who was not even at the party in question. The house is technically in the Columbia police district, but Columbia police — like the rest of the known universe — decided that with murders, robberies, and other crimes on the rise in the midst of a recession, pursuing anyone seen in a single grainy photograph of people smoking weed wasn’t worth taxpayer dollars.

Fortunately, Lott is a one-man stimulus package all by himself, injecting valuable taxpayer dollars into eight separate criminal cases filed by the Sheriff’s department, filling the pockets of defense attorneys, court reporters, paralegals, and other assorted beneficiaries of wasting public dollars in the name of grabbing the national spotlight. When you look back a few years from now and wonder when the recession’s tide turned and a wave of prosperity began to sweep across this nation by itself, don’t credit our President or congress: no, Leon Lott deserves the credit. Don’t let history forget this.

(In all seriousness, way more money could have been pumped into the economy if Lott hadn’t seized the bong, which was allegedly going on eBay for six figures. Instead, that valuable piece of history is sitting in a Richland County evidence locker. Why do you hate America, Leon Lott?)

– Article from SportingNews.com


Eight arrests from party that produced Phelps photo: report

by AFP

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AFP) — Police have made eight arrests in connection with the party that led to publication of a photograph of Beijing Olympic hero Michael Phelps, television station WIS reported Tuesday.

Phelps, the American swim star who won a record eight gold medals at Beijing six months ago, was not among those charged in a probe by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, according to the report.

Seven arrests were made for drug possession and another for distribution of drugs, with arrests resulting from search warrants served by the sheriff’s department as part of their probe, WIS reported.

None of those arrested was named in the report.

A photograph of Phelps holding a bong, a pipe typically used for smoking marijuana, was published by a British newspaper last week and touched off a media frenzy that humiliated the Olympic hero.

The bong Phelps was holding in the pictures, one that led to his three-month suspension and the loss of possible renewal of a sponsorship deal with cerealmaker Kelloggs, was confiscated by the sheriff’s department.

Sources told the station that the bong’s owner was trying to sell it on eBay for 100,000 dollars and the person was not even at the party but was among those charged.

The report said the photograph appeared to be taken at a house located within the city limits of this state capital, but the report said the Columbia Police Department has not taken an active role in the investigation.

– Article from AFP


Who is Sheriff Leon Lott?

Biography from the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept.

Born in Aiken, South Carolina, in 1953, Sheriff Leon Lott attended the University of South Carolina – Aiken, earning an Associate Degree in Police Administration. He went on to attend the University of South Carolina – Columbia, earning a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and continued with graduate study for a Masters in Criminal Justice. Later, Sheriff Lott graduated from the FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Furman University’s SC Diversity Leadership Academy.

Sheriff Lott came to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 1975 as a patrol officer. He advanced thereafter to various positions, including Criminal Investigator, Narcotics Agent, Lieutenant and Captain of Narcotics Division, Administrative Captain, Uniform Patrol Captain, and Watch Commander. In 1993, Sheriff Lott took the position of Chief of Police of St. Matthews, SC.

In 1996, he made a successful run for Sheriff of Richland County. Upon taking office, Sheriff Lott turned the direction of the Department to Community Oriented Policing. The success that the Department has had in the community since that time can be measured by the civic and community oriented boards and committees that have asked for Sheriff Lott’s participation, to wit:

•President – SC Law Enforcement Officers’ Association
•SC Correctional Association – Board of Directors
•D.A.R.E. America – Board of Directors
•Fight Crime- Invest in Kids – Advisory Committee, Washington, DC
•Cooperative Ministry – Advisory Board
•Communities in Schools – Advisory Board
•Boy Scouts of America – Indian Waters Council – Board of Directors
•SC Public Safety Coordinating Council – Chairman
•SC Police Corps – Advisory Council
•United Way – Local Government Division Chairman
•American Heart Association – Industry Leader Division
•March of Dimes – Luxury Lockup – Chairman
•American Red Cross – Division Chair
•SC Center for Family Policy – Board of Directors
•SC Council for Conflict Resolution – Advisory Council
•Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
•Habitat for Humanity
•University of South Carolina Alumni Association
•University of South Carolina – Aiken Alumni Association
•Spring Valley Rotary Club
•Chapin Sertoma Club
•Special Olympics – Board of Directors
•National Safety Council
•National Federation for the Blind
•Greater Columbia Community Relations Council
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•SC Military Department – Colonel – Provost Marshal
•American Legion Post 6 – Commander – S.A.L.
•Retired Military Police Association
•Employee Support for Guard and Reserve – Board of Directors
•Association of the United States Army – Palmetto State Chapter
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•Shandon Masonic Lodge #370
•Columbia York Rite
•Columbia Scottish Rite
•National Sojourners – Ft. Jackson Post 184
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•2007 Order of the Palmetto
•2006 Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, Community Service Award
•2004 “SC Sheriff of the Year”
•2004 “Strom Thurmond Award of Excellence in Law Enforcement”
•2004 SC Law Enforcement Officers’ Association – “Toughest Cop”
•2004 SC Vocational Rehabilitation Association – “Citation for Individual Contributions” (accessibility rights for people with disabilities)
•2002 Palmetto Pride (SC Governor’s Beautification and Litter Control Program) – “Outstanding Leadership in Litter Enforcement”
•2002 SC Victim Assistance Network – “Silver Scales of Justice”
•2001 Indian Waters Council – Boy Scouts of America – “Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award”
•2001 Martin Luther King, Jr. – “Drum Major for Justice Award”
•2000 Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce – “Athena Award”
•2000 SC Association of School Resource Officers – “President’s Award”
•2000 SC Association of Crime Prevention Officers – “Administrator of the Year”
•1999 “Carolina’s Toughest Cop”
•1989 SC Law Enforcement Officers’ Association – “Officer of the Year”
•1986 Columbia Jaycees “Young Officer of the Year”

Sheriff Lott, a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbia, is married and has four daughters.

– From the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Comments

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  2. redgranite778 on

    Keep pouring the heat on! Don’t stop because Phelp’s wasn’t charged. We need to make it such a nasty experience for South Carolina that no other state will want to repeat their mistakes! We need to demand all those charged with possession have their charges dropped and their records expunged. Keep the boycott up with Kelloggs, keep calling Sheriff Lott Lizard and Governor Sanford….we need to make an example out of them! Let’s show them how it’s done!

    Sheriff Lott:

    email: [email protected]

    Phone:
    Officer Complaints (803) 576-3110
    Columbia Sherriffs office
    Media Relations (803) 576-3036

    Governor Sanford:

    email:
    http://www.scgovernor.com/contact/email/default.htm

    Phone: Governor’s Office at 803-734-2100.

    Kellogg’s:
    800 962-1413 option 1

  3. ISRAEL (The whole country) on

    I think its insane that famous people can do whatever they want. Stop freakin harrassing people about weed they are not hurting anybody or even themselves.

    PS: ISRAEL LOVES WEED

  4. Anonymous on

    fukn, eh, ppl this guy defintly makes ppls look fukn stupid n pigs even worse o well fuk em jus remember THERES MORE OF US THAN THEM and our word does fukn matter so ya jus e-mail him tell him wut a cunt he is thanks for listenin. peace outy zaq

  5. Anonymous on

    PPL LIKE THIS MORON ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM …………NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION THEN YOU WONDER WHY WE THE POPL ARE SO PISSED OFF !!!!!!!!!!! FUCK 8 YEARS OF BUSH AND HIS WACKERS AND WERE NOW IN KNEE DEEP SHIT FROM IT ALL AND THE GREEDY ASS BASTARDS THAT HAVE SHIT ON US ALL FOR TOO LONG POT IS HERE TO STAY FOLKS………….BUT KICK THAT BASTARD TO THE CURB !!!!!!!!!!

  6. Anonymous on

    to go after Michael Phelps. The neighborhood of Denny Terrace, who have repeatedly requested assistance with the violent crime they have experienced over the last few yrs, were terrorized once again.

    Previously violent criminals have attacked two members of my church. One kind, elderly lady was beaten almost to the point of death a little over a year ago.

    Every time something like this has happened, Leon Lott has stood up before the press and stated, “This will end! We will crack down on these violent crackheads!”

    This time, while basking in the glory of a possible arrest of a mastermind criminal and his ruthless posse of eight pot smokers who were being paid in gold (medals), the beloved choir director of my church was brutally murdered in her home.

    This was followed by another attack of a 62 yr old woman within a few hours and a subsequent break in of our church.

    Where were the police that “Protect and Serve”?

    That’s right! They were going after real criminals. The most decorated Olympiad the US has ever had in swimming less any other sport.

    This will never be brought to the attention of the people in Columbia SC because we are a backward ass state and Leon Lott proves this if nothing else does.

    I feel sorry for all of humanity. We are being lined up like sheep to the slaughter. Beware any man that loves true freedom!

    I would like to think we would fight back but I think it’s too late.

    Don’t believe me! Google the Statenewspaper.com: “Lott: Arrest stops ‘ 1-man crime wave’.

    Sorry Leon Lott! It’s a little too late. The damage is done and it was done on your watch because of you did nothing to “protect and serve”. Enjoy hell you sorry bastard!

  7. Anonymous on

    No dude,I agree he won’t read it here But he might read his email. Just voicing my displeasure. I just made a copy of the letter I emailed him at work and posted it here.
    If you want to get hold of the man and tell him what you think, here’s the contact numbers and his email.

    Phone: 1-803-576-3000
    Fax: 1-803-576-3195
    Email: [email protected]

    Address letters to:

    Sheriff Leon Lott, 5623 Two Notch Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29223

  8. Anonymous on

    Go for the M.F.in’ GOLD!!!

  9. rEtArDo MoNkEyBlOnDe on

    They made themselves an easy haul.
    “Richland County,Drug-Free County” should be a clue for you dumba$$e$ that bringing a celeb,albeit a dufus,in to focus for ANYTHING EH-NEE-THEE-ING especially low-level weed smoking just made this guy’s day!They should be in the joint for just being stupid. Judge? GUILTY!

  10. Anonymous on

    your 100% right joe, soon the’ll be putting ppl away for not covering there mouth when they cough. For to long the governements of north america have done the corporations bidding and not the will of the ppl. When ppl do actually get to vote for thinggs like medical marijuana the feds bust them anyway. we need a revolution like thay had in france. lop off there elitiist heads.

  11. Aichebomb on

    Just because its the law doesn’t make it right ….powerful lobbyist backed by the food and drug industry have helped to create the marijuana laws for the sole purpose of reducing the competition!!!

  12. Anonymous on

    what an idiotic statement

  13. Anonymous on

    Well, If were going to get arrested for pictures of other people holding Bongs, then its probably about time to move to Canada.
    I am deeply ashamed to be an American and to live in the same country as that P.O.S. Sheriff.

  14. CASTKLEARR on

    Hav’t grown thumbs yet!

  15. greg williams on

    Swimmers doing bonghits . Thats what scares people these days. gad zooks.

  16. Anonymous on

    many americans see this as pure idiocy. these kinds of high profile busts are the reason why we are beginning to win the war on drugs. they are going to make an example of young mr. phelps in the hope that america will once again be driven to demand the incarceration of any and all drug users. wasn’t it only a couple of months ago that the “honorable” mr. walters was telling us that “we don’t arrest people for simple posesion of marijuana in this country, that is a lie.” well now, seems to me that we are all about to get our first glimpse of the former drug czars mythical “unicorn.” getting arrested for making a poor health choice is wrong in my book and should be wrong in any real human being’s eyes as well. this is gonna be a good thing everybody. this is gonna help blow the lid off of the drug war cookie jar. i hate to see anyone go to jail but, mr phelps, now that you are “one of us”, i hope that your experience through this time of crisis opens the eyes of the american public to just how shameful and PERVERSE the war on drugs really is. unfortunately you are going to be reduced to working at a gas station because no one else will hire you but it is all for the greater good. now… if only we could catch dave and paul smokin a fatty backstage in the ed sullivan theatre… that would be a great day for america!

  17. Joe and his six pack on

    This sheriff is just helping the world banks who are lobbying the senate to make more stupid laws that can put more none violent people behind bars it a corporate jails that get contracts to ware house people who commit crimes against one self which we all call victimless crimes like smoking marijuana once in this system the jail correction goes out and gets jobs contracted by the city in which they put these none violent people in chain gangs and make the do work at a dollar a day pay for them and a big profit for the jail corporation which is just hiding behind a legal slavery system that they lobbied for. It is legal slavery and those ashole should be brought in front of the human tribunal and trial for crimes against human race.
    What else could you call a victimless crime that puts people in a cage taking the rights a way to life liberty and happiness the right to vote and making them work just because they smoke a little marijuana which is a herb buy the way smoking cigarettes alcohol is more harm full but legal in a hypocrite government police state who break the law of the US constitution who is the bigger criminal the one who do not respect the constitution is a bigger criminal than all the pot smokers combine.

  18. Anonymous on

    In Canada this wouldn’t even be taken to court. The judge would say, “what the hell are you doing wasting my time with this crap?!”
    America…the most free country in the world…hahahahahahaha.

  19. Anonymous on

    In the fullness of time this will all go away. This person will be remembered in history, not for the huge amount of public service, but for his stupid move to arrest these 8 associates of Phelps. His legacy will be that of a mean-spirited, insane cop.

    Think of all the bad karma he is getting. He’ll pay for this, maybe not in this lifetime, but eventually. I actually pity his family. They have to face the anger and outrage that is building over this. Also, they’ll be forever associated with this insane cop run amok.

  20. redgranite778 on

    Why does Sheriff Lott Lizard hate America? (In all seriousness, way more money could have been pumped into the economy if Lott hadn’t seized the bong, which was allegedly going on eBay for six figures. Instead, that valuable piece of history is sitting in a Richland County evidence locker. Why do you hate America, Leon Lott?) How’s that SC Correctional Association – Board of Directors working out for you along with your office of Sheriff Mr. Light seeking Lott Lizard? And what’s up with the boyscouts?? I googled a picture of you and your fellow Lott lizards, all militarized out standing in front of a tank, I thought you might like that photo up on this site instead of the one we have that really shows off how red your neck is next to that white shirt your wearing Mr. Light Seeking Lott Lizard. Who knows, maybe if you didn’t have your nose shoved so far up the corporate ass, you might not have to work so hard to seek the light. Coming to a neighborhood near you, Lott lizard clones..look for them in your local parking lotts with the red and blue lights on their freedom tool pods!

  21. Anonymous on

    First off how did Mr. Lott identify this particular house from a picture? What was the probable cause statement that lead the Richland County Sheriff to get a warrant, and what judge signed off on this? Also who was this idot who tried to sell this bong? Did e-bay drop a dime on this guy? In my openion someone droped a dime on one person and the DA pressured him to give up the other 7 or he would be facing hard time. Let’s let all involved that we don’t appreciate them wasting tax payer money on failed drug policy. Be polite and no threats please.

    Columbia Municipal Court
    (803) 545-3150

  22. smitty on

    Some things to consider regarding this episode:

    Sheriffs are elected by the people, and can be re-called by the people. Unfortunately it appears he is doing the will of an ignorant majority in his county.

    In the current economic climate, bureaucrats-including Sheriffs-are terrified of budget cuts. They need the appearance of being busy-making arrests, no matter how ridiculous, in order to justify their existence and protect their bureaucratic turf.

    That Phelps photo doesn’t really provide real evidence of criminal activity, beyond the possession of ‘drug’ paraphernalia. What possible probable cause supports those search warrants???

    It appears that search warrants in Richland County-as nearly everywhere in America-are merely rubber stamped by judges/magistrates with minimal or no consideration for rule of law.

    We should maybe be thankful for such bold displays of absolute idiocy; they serve as proof that we continue to be enveloped in tyranny, a tyranny that makes one wonder what all the fuss was about in 1776. Such antics-as well as the myriad other injustices visited upon us-on the part of ‘our’ government indicate that another revolution may be inevitable; whether tyranny is to be thrown off peacefully…or by force, will be determined by the behavior of our rulers…AND that of the people!

    It appears that many of us are approaching the point of “having had enough”, regarding our varied Liberties.

    The real problem might be toleration, or more accurately, the lack of it. We wish our preferred freedoms to be respected, while applauding governmental crackdowns upon those freedoms we dislike or are indifferent to. Such attitudes only make the ongoing gradual enslavement of us all inevitable.

    The best example of this may be cannabis and firearms…

    Many in both camps are enthusiastic to hear of busts and crackdowns on the group they oppose, unaware that trampling either freedom works to suppress each of them…

    I find it curious-and disappointing-that many gun enthusiasts are not at all bashful to exclaim their love of Liberty, then turn and approve and even encourage cannabis prohibition, often while hypocritically swilling a Budweiser; that many of those in the cannabis culture appear to support the notion that firearms don’t belong in private hands, that only the government should possess guns-THIS thoroughly corrupt government???…how absurd.

    Notice that government often treats a mixture of the two as a greater criminal offense…carrying increased penalties.

    Notice that once due process procedures are shredded in regard to cannabis or firearms cases, the same corrupt practice is often soon accepted in regard to the other category of cases too. The erosion of probable cause standards as well as the relaxation of the exclusionary rule are good examples.

    We ALL need to recognize our individual right-as adults-to be left alone, to live our lives as we choose, so long as we don’t intrude upon the equal rights of others; otherwise we might as well become comfortable with totalitarianism.

    The rulers have always relied upon divisions among the ruled in order to impose a general oppression; sadly, modern Americans-through their ignorance-make it very easy to do so…

  23. hank myers on

    Sherrif Leon. I would like to thank you for once again proving that idiots can get elected to public office and that you didn’t let that stand in the way of your quest for fame. It is great to see that you are able to hold up that tradition of mean spiritedness and the kick em while they are down mentalitity that everyone has come to know and love and expect from the wacky boys in blue. It is a well-known fact most people who take up law enforcement are compensating for a very small penis or to get revenge on those who made fun of them in school and that of course is what makes them such miserable human beings. However in your case I think that you lost a bet about Phelps and had to fellate a wino. That just has to be the real reason you want to charge these people for smoking marijuana in a picture because nothing else makes sense. No one in their right mind would do such an idiotic thing so revenge must be the reason . Hey but look on the bright side now you are a famous sherriff, a famous sherriff who blow winos and is ridiculed by everyone for being a complete boneheaded moron but nevertheless famous. So I would like to encourage everyone who reads this to take a little sidetrip through your county and smoke some marijuana, maybe take a picture of it and post it on the internet. We could have a competition to see who could come up with the best picture. Sherrif Leon you are the best since Barney Fife. Keep up the good work, you’ve got almost everyone laughing at you. Sincerely. Hank Myers

  24. Hank Myers on

    Sherrif Leon. I would like to thank you for once again proving that idiots can get elected to public office and that you didn’t let that stand in the way of your quest for fame. It is great to see that you are able to hold up that tradition of mean spiritedness and the kick em while they are down mentalitity that everyone has come to know and love and expect from the wacky boys in blue. It is a well-known fact most people who take up law enforcement are compensating for a very small penis or to get revenge on those who made fun of them in school and that of course is what makes them such miserable human beings. However in your case I think that you lost a bet about Phelps and had to fellate a wino. That just has to be the real reason you want to charge these people for smoking marijuana in a picture because nothing else makes sense. No one in their right mind would do such an idiotic thing so revenge must be the reason . Hey but look on the bright side now you are a famous sherriff, a famous sherriff who blow winos and is ridiculed by everyone for being a complete boneheaded moron but nevertheless famous. So I would like to encourage everyone who reads this to take a little sidetrip through your county and smoke some marijuana, maybe take a picture of it and post it on the internet. We could have a competition to see who could come up with the best picture. Sherrif Leon you are the best since Barney Fife. Keep up the good work, you’ve got almost everyone laughing at you. Sincerely. Hank Myers

  25. Andrew on

    Ok, this is what I see happening. There gonna intaragate the shit out of these eight people then use them to prosecute Phelps. Done deal now lets watch and see what happens!

  26. Anonymous on

    This may be the worse(best) move the police has made with relation to these rediculous laws. If this doesn’t help light a spark under the justice system to pan out these laws, then we’re gonna need something disasterous before it changes. I mean, the most decorated athlete in history smoking recreationally and everyone knows it’s not his first time(or they probably would have mentioned that, for forgiveness). But arresting 8 people just for being there?!(i havent read the specific charges but getting a search warrant is bad enough) lets all go to the house of reps. and take pictures of us smoking next to a congressmen we dislike and have him arrested!

  27. Anonymous on

    This guy is an idiot of Historic proportions. This is a purely political stunt by Lott and his spineless cronies to go after these people for this. We must stand up and fight the bullshit that is our “war on Drugs” Its just a way to keep the funding coming into the Sheriffs Dept. We need to Change these laws, people, and its only getting worse. Hey Lott & all you cowards at the Sheriffs Dept.- eat shit and die. The American public sees right through this bullshit!

  28. Anonymous on

    you can sum the sheriff up in these few words, he’s a fucking retard. I mean holy fucking dogshit batman . With muderers, rapists the whole world slowly swirling down the bowel this cousing humpin, sister pumping ass-tard is arresting ppl just for being in a photo, is fucking infuriated . definately e-mail this tard.

  29. ???? on

    ????

    so – if i smoke pot – i can get 8 olympic gold medals right?

    how about crack + heroin – shit man i would win everything ..

    ????

  30. plainoldme on

    Dickhead

  31. Anonymous on

    Fucking asshole

  32. Anonymous on

    Ok Leon Lott is a big fish in a small pond. I don’t have a problem with that. My problem is that Lott, and his ilk, for whatever reasons, keep criminals in charge of the drug trade. Are they so impotent, that they could not control legalization? Then Mr. Lott and everyone like him needs to be put out to pasture. But to stubbornly hang onto a failed policy that puts street gangs, and cartels and even the Taliban in charge of the drug trade. The drug trade that they have failed to do anything positive with, in over 35 years. Oh yeah they now and then score a headline or two, but the criminals remain in charge. Its past time to stop the “BS”, drugs are here, they are everywhere, they won’t go away, and they are controlled by criminals. So, Mr. Leon Lott, please tell us why your kind needs to support an ongoing criminal enterprise. Is it a money thing or just plain ignorance?

    J.D. Lape’ Monticello, Arkansas (870 723 1579)

  33. Anonymous on

    They arrested 8 people, but not Michael Phelps!? Are they afraid of Phelps? This is another example of one lousy cop making all other cops look bad…..Leave the people alone.