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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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76.

Julie    

2644 days ago
77.

concerned citizen    

Oh Well, The price of 15 min. of Fame!!!!!!!!
What to do. What to do.

2644 days ago
78.

michelle    

Whatever

2644 days ago
79.

adrlau    

WHO CARES??????????????????????????????????????????????????????LEGALIZE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GOOD-BYE SANJAYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2644 days ago
80.

mk    

tahts mean to put this on your website
im sure this kid went through alot to post this about his mom is down right mean

2644 days ago
81.

Peeps    

Life is full of criminals.

2644 days ago
82.

the voice of experience    

You know, I'm getting a little sick of hearing that Sanjaya can't sing...I remember hearing him at the AI tryouts & he was very talented. Sanjaya is more of an "old soul" and AI was just not his genre. That said, he was selected by the judges & it went downhill from there. He was verbally taunted & tormented every week...& he continues to be....AND FOR WHAT????? HE IS JUST A KID!!!!! He hasn't hurt anyone. He is just trying to better himself & follow his dream....Isn't that the old American way? But is it the old American way to constantly kick someone in the teeth while they keep trying???? Shame on everyone who keeps making fun of him!

2644 days ago
83.

Britney Get Help    

Puff Puff Give!!!!!

2644 days ago
84.

Britney Get Help    

Puff Puff Give!

2644 days ago
85.

Oh My Gosh I BET U R FAT !    

HA!HA!WHAT AN UGLY MOM!

2644 days ago
86.

Kel    

HILARIOUS! I always thought he looked a little dazed and confused.... Ganja-ya - Great Name!

2644 days ago
87.

lanae    

Okay you guys must have an obsession with sanjaya..It's really sad...People keep calling him a joke but he seems to be on every news media publication their is including an upcoming 4 page spread in People Magazine. He has left the compeition but yet you all are still discussing him...Wonder why? Last night on Idols give back it was more of SANJAYA"S GIVE BACK cause they threw his name out there about 4 times cause they know his fanbase is HUGE and the fact that he was THE STAR of AI6.. You can't deny the facts, that sanjaya is the REAL AMERICAN IDOL cause no matter who wins they will always be in his shadow. hahahah

The fact of the matter is, no other idol is even being mentioned or even a blip in the news so what does that tell you? Sanjaya a joke? Yeah he will be laughing all the way to the bank with all the offers he will get...His 15 minutes of fame just turned into a full fledge entertainment career.

2644 days ago
88.

Joan    

Sanjaya is a handsome, talented young man. A great role model for other young people. We haven't seen the last of him. He is star quality. No question.

2644 days ago
89.

Sally    

What is the media's obsession with Sanj? And he's not the only Idol to have scandal in his life? Remember Trenyce's mug shot? Corey Clark? The list goes on and on. But he's handling it very well...maybe that's why we love him. And please - no gay jokes. I work with Indian males and they have effeminate mannerisms. So glad he's above all this, but unfortunately he's media magnet now, I just hope he doesn't have a meltdown like Britney and he stays in Washington, away from the Papps.

2644 days ago
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ScreenPlay    

http://www.cbs47.tv/entertainment/story.aspx?content_id=2659b211-483c-4c37-abac-a846fa1c51d1
CBS47 reports:

Sanjaya's mom, Jillian Blith, was busted for involvement in a family pot-growing operation.

In 2005, Pierce County Sheriffs found some 310 marijuana plants in Blith's garage and in another location. When the cops showed up to the residence, Sanjaya's sister - Shyamali - keeping an eye on the plants, rolled on her mother and told them where they could find Blith.

According to celebrity gossip website TMZ, Blith was arrested at another location set up for the same sort of gardening - along with Sanjaya's stepfather Charles Quist.


In his defense, reports do not link Sanjaya to any involvement in the family biz.

Reports CBS47 TV

2644 days ago
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