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NEWS: Man Living in Cave on Los Alamos Lab Land Charged With Growing Marijuana

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posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 04:55 AM
A man has been evicted from a cave on Los Alamos National Laboratory land. Roy Michael Moore, 56, has been living in the cave for years. The cave had many comforts including a glass door, solar power, satellite radio and a wood buring stove. He remined undiscovered for years until an employee noticed smoke coming the steep canyon.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. - Authorities have evicted a man from a cave on Los Alamos National Laboratory land where they say he apparently lived for years with the comforts of home a wood-burning stove, solar panels connected to car batteries for electricity and a satellite radio

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Doug Tucker said Roy Michael Moore's hideaway, which also was equipped with a bed and a glass front door, was discovered earlier Oct. 13 after a Department of Energy employee working at the Los Alamos site office noticed smoke wafting from the cave in a heavily wooded, steep canyon.

The employee reported the smoke to the fire department. Tucker said the smoke came from Moore's wood-burning stove.

Ten marijuana plants were found outside the cave. Moore, 56, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court documents. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bond.

An officer called to the site by firefighters pulled up the plants and confiscated about 21 ounces of dried marijuana, according to a statement of probable cause filed in magistrate court in Los Alamos.

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Firemen responding to the site discovered that Moore also was growing ten marijuana plants. Deputies were called to the scene and he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Staff at Los Alamos indicated that the area had not been used in years despite its close proximity to offices located there and further note that the location is not near any sensitive areas on the lab.

posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 05:29 AM
Man, that's a real bummer. Sounds like he was living a pretty cool existence getting back to nature an' all. The rent was certainly cheap enough.

If he hadn't of been using his stove, they probably would never have found him.

posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 06:51 AM
Its a shame, who was he hurting? Been there for years, hasnt bothered a soul.

posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 07:05 AM
Well putting aside the cultivation issue, he is living on a nuclear research lab. The security issues alone are scary. My guess is that were iot not for the pot, they would have let him go.

It raises security questions, AGAIN, at one of our nuclear labs though.

posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 07:06 AM
56 years old, living in a cave, solar panels, satellite radio. All he was lacking was a little lady to share the weed and moonlight with - and we don't even know that for sure.

Bummer. Let him be. Who's he hurting?

posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 11:10 AM
Haha, living off the grid right in The Man's most prized backyard. Shame they couldnt have just relocated him to some other land instead of seizing his stuff and charging him. Just shows how pisssed the system gets when you try to live quietly outside of it.

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