Former Concord Police Officer Sentenced in Marijuana Grow Op

Damon Todd Rydell, 36, of Redding, will serve prison time for involvement in Chico marijuana grow operation, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

A former Concord police officer was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison for his role in an indoor marijuana grow operation, according to a United States Department of Justice press release. 

Damon Todd Rydell, 36, of Redding, had requested a no-jail term, "claiming ignorance of federal law and a belief that state medical marijuana law allowed him to grow more than 200 marijuana plants," according to the release.

U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrel found Rydell violated federal law and "conveniently used California law as an excuse to engage in maintaining" a Chico location to grow marijuana in 2010. 

Rydell was ordered to pay a $7,500 fine and to serve a term of three years of supervised release.

The former Concord police officer is the second defendant to be sentenced in this case, according to the release.

Ramon Felipe Maldonado, 27 of Chico, was sentenced to 24 months in prison; Johnny E. "Jay" Grivette, 36, pleaded guilty and will be sentenced Dec. 2. 

This case was an "extensive investigation" by the F.B.I., the Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit and the Butte County District Attorney's Office, according to the release.

Details of Rydell's history with Concord PD were not immediately available. 

Jim October 03, 2011 at 06:00 AM
It says on Claycord this guy was fired after a few months on the job with Concord. Any other info about him?
Adalto Nascimento October 03, 2011 at 12:24 PM
Jim, the only confirmed source of information for this story, so far, is the U.S. Department of Justice. Employees at Concord PD said they are not allowed to comment or release Mr. Rydell's record. Perhaps you are referring to an anonymous and unconfirmed reader comment. I'm still researching this story and plan on updating it as soon as I gather enough reliable information.
Michele Seidel November 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Adalto, (if that is your real name or photo) you were inaccurate in your original story and you are still wrong (and negligent) in not updating your information. If your sources with the Feds wanted you to release the correct information or leaked it to you, maybe you would have up-dated your story by now. Are you just spreading "news" to make sensational stories or do you really investigate the facts only after you have spread lies? This is what professionals call "Yellow Journalism". Damon T Rydell never made it off Probation Period before the Concord PD asked him to resign, and under pressure from his superiors he obliged. He was only employed there a few months. Did it also occur to you that many people in prison have been sacrificed by a friend and convicted falsely in order to get their own sentence reduced? This is what makes for some of the best screenplays ever written.
Michele Seidel November 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
My turn to appologize Adalto, I "googled" your name and it does look like you are a real person. But you need to get your facts right, Tony Sera (Rydell's Lawyer) either mis-stated his facts, or he is starting to faulter and showing his age.


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