Eight who partied with Michael Phelps arrested

February 10, 2009

(ChattahBox) There’s more nonsense going on regarding the Michael Phelps bong gate incident.

As you know on Feb. 2, British tabloid News of The World published a picture of the 14-time Olympic gold medalist using a water pipe to smoke marijuana back in Nov. 2008. The picture was taken at a party in Columbia back in November when Phelps was here for a visit.

Now it appears the case has expanded beyond Phelps’ activities.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department and particularly Sheriff Leon Lott has decided they are going after Michael Phelps.

Lott says the picture indicated a law was being broken in his jurisdiction. He said he couldn’t ignore the violation just because Phelps is rich and famous.

Columbia, SC’s WISTV.com is now reporting that eight party participants have been arrested: seven for drug possession and one for distribution. These are arrests that resulted as the sheriff’s department served search warrants.  Talk about ‘reefer madness’.

The department has located and confiscated the now famous smoking bong. Sources say the owner of the bong was trying to sell it on eBay for as much as $100,000.

The owner, who wasn’t even at the party, is one of the eight now charged. Overzealous much?

Many are saying the sheriff should concentrate on more serious crimes.

SC Governor Mark Sanford is also weighing in on the sheriff’s actions.

On the FOX News Channel Sunday night, Geraldo Rivera asked Sanford whether Phelps should be prosecuted.

“I don’t see what it gets at this point,” said Sanford.

His spokesman told us Monday night Sanford is letting that quote stand.


2 Responses to “Eight who partied with Michael Phelps arrested”

  1. SunflowerPipes on February 12th, 2009 12:53 am

    So Michael Phelps is a guy who drinks at parties smokes a little gambles on high stakes games of beer pong and is the all time greatest Olympic medal winner he sounds like a pretty cool guy to me. Michael Phelps is an American Hero. He stood tall and made America proud at the Beijing Olympics. This is how he is treated. Michael Phelps did a tremendous amount of work to achive what he did. Who can forget the pride we felt with the each gold medal Phelps won in China, how can we as Americans forget all of those things and hang a man for smoking a glass water pipe at a college party. It is time that we as a country stand up for the rights of the individual, it’s time we stand together with our neighbors and take collective control of our destinies. Write any congressman or a senator; imagine the weight of millions of emails calling for a change in policy. Lets stop them from arresting college kids at parties in America.

  2. Spector on February 12th, 2009 2:10 pm

    Boss Hogg/Sheriff Wiggam actually lives!

    This moronic Sheriff should never work another day in his life in that role! Hopefully the people of that county will never elect him to so much as the local Dog Catcher.

    How much of taxpayer money has been wasted with this stupid display of ego by the sheriff and his department? How much embarassment has he inflicted on his community? Are people in that area really as Mideival and backwards as he? Over an ALLEGED party with marijuana? How about he go after the real criminals in his town, the jaywalkers! Or the speeders? Or homeowners without building permits for their new water heaters, or people stealing cable TV or downloading pirated music or gee, what other X, Y, Z horrors are being committed.

    I’m sorry but he has turned this into nothing but a Witch Hunt — arresting people based on a PHOTO! No hard evidence in hand of who was where and what exactly was going on. That’s not enough for arrest and certainly not enough to convict!

    I hope the people now arrested — six months late btw! — SUE THE LIVING HELL out of that county and it’s grandstanding “Sheriff” over these wrongful arrests.

    Please Sheriff, go ahead and turn Michael Phelps into a martyr. Nail him to that cross of glass! The result will be that marijuana will be legalized so fast your redneck head will spin. At long last.

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