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8 People, 1 Bong Arrested Over Phelps Pot Pic

2/10/2009 2:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael PhelpsOVERKILL - noun - 1) the amount by which destruction or the capacity for destruction exceeds what is necessary. 2) excessive treatment or action; too much of something.

Eight people connected to that infamous Columbia, SC pot party where Michael Phelps was photographed taking a bong rip back in November have now been arrested by the Richland County Sheriff's Department -- seven for possession and one for dealing.

Included in Sheriff Leon Lott's arrest extravaganza: The suspected owner of the bong -- who wasn't even at the party -- but was allegedly trying to sell the bong on eBay for $100,000, according to WIS.

The bong is reportedly not responding well to Lott's questioning -- and is blaming it on a loss of short-term memory.

Don't worry -- Phelps is still a free man.

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Alan    

lol, This is going to stir nothing but problems. How can you arrest 8 people and let the famous one off? Have a fun time dealing with that in court Sheriff!

1981 days ago
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SB    

Phelps wasnt arrested becuase they couldnt prove he smoked anything illegal. Yeah they have a picture of him with a bong, but thats not a crime. The picture did not show proof there were any illegal drugs involved. The raid sparked by the picture produced the "drugs". Honestly, I think, or would hope, the sherriff is doing an eye for an eye thing. These people profited off of something that potentially screwed up someones life. Smoking pot shouldn't automatically destroy someones life. Heck, I don't even think it should be illegal...but the people who sold that picture KNEW what was gonna happen to Phelps carreer and I think it's great they're atleast gonna have to waste the profit on fines and lawyer fees. As for Phelps being responsible for their legal fees thats a joke. Had these guys just been cool and not sold the picture none of this would have happened and everyones private life would have stayed PRIVATE.

1977 days ago
3.

FLAKEY WHITE STUFF    

Why has Mike not been arrested?

1991 days ago
4.

Jaime    

The PD has to have proof that "Pot" was in the bong. You can't arrest somebody because of a photo. How do they know tabacco wasn't in it. The PD need to look up some case law and statutes. Because they are wrong!!!!

1991 days ago
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2pac4life    

2ND PASS DA BONG ON DA LEFT HAND SIDE LETS GET HIGH.

1991 days ago
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Buckshot    

Less than 2 ounces is a class c misdemeanor

1991 days ago
7.

Me    

It's "Columbia", the city, not "Colombia", the country. Nitwits.

1991 days ago
8.

Big Dog 1    

The dude who took and sold the picture should go to the can for being a greedy little rat. Hey Mike watch out for "friends" next time. Karma for the dude who sold the photo.

1991 days ago
9.

Buckshot    

In fact, give him a call or e-mail to tell him how you feel.
803-576-3000
sheriff@rcsd.net
He is going to be mad when Obama decriminalize marijuana during his term

1991 days ago
10.

artstoyz    

Now I don't approve of any kind of drugs but what are you thinking?! Doesn't the Sheriff have better things to do than to go after some pot heads? Sheriff Leon, sounds like you are just an attention whoar.

1991 days ago
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tmz_fan    

UH-UH!!! Y isn't Phelps arrested?? If the others are the bong par-tay was arrested, Phelps should be arrested too, he was there and toking!

1991 days ago
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cat b    

This is a prime example of overkill. I guess the sheriff is up for relection soon...I know booze causes more harm than pot. personally if we put it to a vote a vote of the people I bet we could legalize it.. tax the crap outta it ...and send every kid to college free in this country as a result there would be no recession. anyone who has used pot to offset the side effects of chemo knows the value of this drug...and to want to put poor mike p's head on the choppin block cause he was caught doing what 3/4 of 14-20 something year olds have done is insane but no more insane than the pompass nitwit that is the sherriff in that town.

1991 days ago
13.

Tee    

It justify the people he does have to arrest smoking and dealing in pot. What make Phelps any different any ther average joe beside getting in the water for a living and earning 8 medals it not like he curing cancer.

1991 days ago
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DJ    

So now we the taxpayers (in this crappy economy) must foot the bill for few pot smokers. Way to go Sheriff, wa to further ruin our economy.

1991 days ago
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kim    

RIDICULOUS! Obviously there is no real crime in Richmond County so they made this big deal. What a joke!!!!!! Phelps should pay all their legal fees and bail since if he wasnt there this WOULD NOT be happening!

1991 days ago
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