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Sanjaya's Mom

Popped for

Growing Piles of Pot

4/25/2007 6:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0426_sanjaya_mom_mugshot-1Maybe that's why Sanjaya's always got that goofy grin on his face! Turns out that Sanjy's mom, Jillian Blith, used to be a pot-growing potentate -- and that his sister Shyamali was no stranger to the art of toking herself.

The Momjaya was pinched by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in February 2005 in Pierce County, Wash. after they found 310 marijuana plants -- and the Sis-jaya keeping watch with a bag of weed and "smoking devices" -- in the Malakar family garage, as the National Enquirer first smoked out today.

But -- buzzkill -- Shyamali, who was arrested for possession, directed the cops to another green-growing facility nearby, where they arrested Blith and her husband, Charles Quist (Sanjaya's stepdad). Quist's mugshot, obtained by TMZ, bears a striking resemblance to Gary Sinise, a very blitzed Gary Sinise. (We're told there's a mugshot of Shyamali, but it can't be made public because she was only 17 at the time of the bust.)

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Blith could've gone to jail for up to five years after pleading guilty to one felony count of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, but got off with a relatively mellow 30-day sentence.

Just one word more: Ganja-ya!


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Well this sounds like a bunch of crap! I can't believe that you people would implicate a "CHILD" and involve him/her in his parent illegal activities!!!! and to the sister well "IF" there is ANY truth to this story she was obviously an abused/neglected child.

Don't you think the children of this person have suffered enough? Are Sanjaya and his sister even raised by this mother, I believe his Father has been the one who has been doing the raising !
I am sure that EVERYONE has a family member that has been or done something that is embarrassing, how would you feel if a bunch of creeps decided to hold you responsibale for it and put it out htere for everyone to read about ?!
God I am so tired of all this negative Bull$hit that the media is putting out there . But attacking children is Gross , Irresponsible, and just plain Wrong!!! It must have been very hard to dig up something on this poor kid and his family since it is only now coming out! and to mention a child in this ,well you peole just might be in for a LAW SUIT she was a child her identy should be kept confidentail! This record should be sealed you must have done something illegal to obtain them . will we get to read about that NEXT???

2705 days ago


Lawsuit? It's all public record. No reason to seal records of adults and his mom was an adult at the time. I'm sure Sanjaya knew this would all come out eventually. Maybe he shouldn't have put himself in the public spotlight. He needs to suffer as I had to seeing and hearing him on tv....can't wait for the next story TMZ...keep up the great work.

2705 days ago


Ok, if you would read the article, this is the STEP FATHER. If anyone watched American Idol while Sanjaya was still there, you would've seen that his father was from, or his family orginate from India....hence brother and sister's complexion!

So, if Sanjaya's sister made the top whatever, I wonder if she would've been forced off due to her record??

No big surprise that they have a family with a history. Like someone stated, your 15 minutes of fame uproots the last 17 years of Sanjaya's life. I didn't care for his singing, and don't care what his mother does, but this had nothing to do with Sanjaya, and should be left buried!

2705 days ago


Your article didn't mention his mother said she was growing pot for medicinal reasons..for cancer patients. Also, Sanjaya's stepdad died a year after they got married. Sanjaya has been through a lot. Both Sanjaya and his Sister seem to be very sweet kids. Give him a break. He was only 14 or 15 when this happened.

2705 days ago

Janet H.    

The young man is not responsible for what his parents are like or what they do. He seems like a talented and sweet guy. Its really crummy for you to come out and embarrass him by airing his family's dirty laundry on the Internet. He didn't deserve that.
I have no respect for journalists who tell family "dirt" when one innocent member of the family becomes a public figure or celebrity.

2705 days ago


Is everyone forgetting Sanjaya is only 17. Can you imagine what he's going through with all this negative publicity. After seeing him on the talk shows, I have come to like him. He's a nice boy, and I hope he can survive after all the hype is over.

2705 days ago

Billy Bob Lugnut Big Block Chevy O`Dell    

This is what happens when you are a celebrity and in the public has to be expected. This is just like the Baldwin / Bassinger thing going on right now. Think about it....for a few short weeks, "Sanjaya" was probably one of the most popular people in the United States! Get on the computer, and there he was......turn on the news, and there he was. Turn on any talk show, and there he was. They want to keep the Sanjaya ball rolling and this is the dope that they have on him now. It may even get worse! Who knows what else they are going to dig up on him or even fabricate about him! Yep...this is just the price you pay for being famous.

2705 days ago


Ganja-ya! omg that is a classic and I'm a Jamaican so that is priceless and the funniest thing I have ever heard about the weird looking, no talent wonder he always had that damn irritating smile he was puffing on the chelom pipe, smoking the kushumpeng in the words of the famous Bob Marley who was a devote weedhead (pass the kushumpeng, pass it over) lol they took that song too literally. ROTFLMBAO!!!

2705 days ago


That doesn't matter to me. What does matter, is that Sanjaya FINALLY ot voted off!!!

2705 days ago

sam winters    

Good news. Sanjaya will be on Jimmy Kimmel show tonight.

2705 days ago

m chandler    

Why did she get off with such a light - laughable sentence???? My husband got caught with 117 plants (1/2 of what she got caught with), was sentenced to 27 months and served 23 - how does the system justify such inequities???

2705 days ago

life long fan of the bong!    

Pot destroys brain cells?????? I believe some of our founding fathers used to have slaves that cultivated their pot crops........Isnt the Declaration and the Constitution wrote on hemp? I bet they didnt smoke it though. whatever, dont throw the bible or your own personal morals in other people's faces. %$#@^ hippocrites. The same bigots preaching chet also have child molestation charges. Judge your own selves, hide in your bubble.

2705 days ago


Okay who cares what happened here. Sanjaya is history and maybe a sweet boy and all but quite frankly I don't want to hear him singing again... But leave the history alone, what happens in the past stays in the past....

2705 days ago


So what?

2705 days ago

Watchdog over here    

Hi Ms_Tell_it_Like_it_Is,

Were you aware that the Prez himself admitted to "using" in his past? Who does'nt have
skeletons? Look at the role models and don't put the burden on the kids!

2705 days ago
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