An actor from an old anti-drug ad was arrested for marijuana cultivation as he decided to give in to peer pressure and grow weed. Shouldn’t have tried to be like the cool kids. Should have just said no. SMH.
Wendell Aaron Searls, 56, was accused Wednesday, Sept. 9, of cultivating marijuana and possessing the drug with an intent to deliver, both felonies. He was jailed about 10 p.m. on a $52,000 bond.
Criminal complaints state Searls admitted to having the marijuana grow in his attic, which Huntington Police Sgt. Darrell Booth called a “marijuana factory.” It included more than 100 plants and sophisticated tools needed to grow the crop indoors.
Searls appears in commercials as a hard-hat-wearing worker for the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation. The commercial lists him as a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 521. It has appeared on television and YouTube to promote the organization’s drug-free message.
“Nobody wants to work next to anybody whose judgment is impaired by drugs or alcohol,” Searls says in the commercial. “We don’t just talk a drug-free work force. We do something about it. The union work force is a drug-free work force.”
I guess we shouldn’t be too mad at this guy. At the end of the day, most actors aren’t actually like who they play on TV. I mean, how could anyone really say “no” to weed?
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