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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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Harry    

This is lowdown!!!

2647 days ago
17.

whitney    

LOL! I wanna see the sister's mugshot

2647 days ago
18.

Your'e Fired!    

Next Year...."If" there is a next year, They will be running police checks on ALL contestants and their families I guess! What started out as a fantastic opportunity for young artists has become...."Lets Dig Up Some Dirt"........All good things come to an end!!

2647 days ago
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ellie    

Seems to me ...Sanjaya and his sis...especially her....have more nerve than brains to make the spectacles they have of themselves...with this in their background. Okay..Sanjaya wasn't "involved" as you say...but his sister was...and their family life is not exactly up there as idol material. ...that which goes on to have dinner at the White House. What exactly does it take to embarrass these two???

2647 days ago
20.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    



Don't bogart that JOINT !

2647 days ago
21.

hello, it    

Was this something that needed to be here? He was maybe 14 or 15 at the time this happened. Could he control what his mother was doing? I think not. So why bother to bring this up? Rather low of you. I still think he's a great kid, and this has no bearing on it at all.

2647 days ago
22.

Donna    

6. Old news. I have a friend of a friend who has smoked weed with him, he's a total stoner!!

Posted at 6:32PM on Apr 25th 2007 by Margot

THIS IS A LIE! I CAN PROVE IT.

2647 days ago
23.

Elizabeth    

I thought everyone in California smoked pot? Whats the big old deal?

2647 days ago
24.

Sally    

It makes you want to hug him even more....the mom looked totally OK at the White House dinner. But you know, they lived on welfare when he was a kid, and maybe she never got herself together. I just wonder where his dad is in his life. He seems to take it all in stride. I give him props for that. But don't let mom become his agent!

2647 days ago
25.

Kelly    

That mom is awesome.

2647 days ago
26.

Mechelle    

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP SANJAYA!

THIS IS ALL HAPPENING TO YOU FOR A REASON AND YOU ARE ONTO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS.

SANJAYA IS LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2647 days ago
27.

Donna    

WHAT THE HECK DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH SANJAYA?
EVEN IF THIS GOSSIP IS TRUE, IT DOES NOT CHANGE WHO HE IS OR THE WONDERFUL FUTURE IN STORE FOR HIM.

2647 days ago
28.

evilking    

I wonder how the staff of TMZ would feel, if their parents had a "history" and someone was to put it up for the world to see.

2647 days ago
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sarahjgilson@hotmail.com    

SHAME on you TMZ! It looks like you couldn't find any dirt on Sanjaya, so you found something on his parents. Are you trying to drag Sanjaya through the mud because you don't have anything news worthy to report? Scraping the bottom of the barrel are we? I think you should have higher standards than that. Please do better next time.

2647 days ago
30.

You People Sicken Me !    

Duh = I love your way of thinking ! LOL

2647 days ago
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