Originally Posted by I.M. Boggled
Tom Alexander, mentioned above in part one was the publisher of "Sinsemilla Tips" magazine and owner of Full moon garden supply at the time and is now currently founder, owner and editor in chief of Growing edge magazine.
Tom got screwed purple by Green Merchant. As I remember it he had to forfeit his shop and forfeit any revenue or allegiance to Sinsemilla Tips Magazine
; his baby and a stellar mag unlike any other publication at the time.
I was managing a grow shop on the day that Green Merchant was launched and got served one their administrative subpoena. Took the job when I stopped shipping SSSC seed.
Almost all the grow shops & hydro companies rolled over like whipped puppies. They gave up their customer records, their shipping records, etc. without fighting at all. All companies except for Worm's Way, who fought every step of the way; and paid dearly for it. They tried to file 100% forfeiture against his multi-store company steal all of his investments, etc. Hell when the DEA raided his home they even searched his kids underwear drawers. Found nothing at all. Not even a single bud or pack of papers. Cost him a very fat 5 digits of $$ to fight the evil scurge; but he did, and ended up doubling the size of the company in a most majestic way.
I handled all their computer equipment at the time. For some wacky reason the DEA was not able to get even one byte of customer info, digitized shipping records, or the mailing lists (cough). Golly gee willikers, data storage was just a mystery to me (cough). I guess something like a sun flare must have happened to all them floopy disks (hey - it was the 90's) with which held said golden bytes of data (cough). By total geek error I fear that all the companies hard drives became irretrievably corrupted somehow (cough). Like someone had run the NSA's blackhat drive wipe protocol on all of them (cough). Danged if data wasn't hard to retain in the 90's (cough). [I should stop smoking I guess.]
Ended up in a deal for him to plead guilty to some lame, made up charges but keep his company. He actually ran the company while in work release. He was a stand-up and fight back guy all the way. Other small store owners just could not afford the legal fees, some big ass companies (like Hydrofarm) rolled over so fast it would spin your head.
The DEA's figures of seizure and operation results were SO off as to be absolutely comical.