As recently as the beginning of last week, Tara Bryson worked in the investor relations department of Connecticut-based hedge fund New Stream Capital. A couple days later, the firm, which is owned by her brother, suspended Bryson pending an investigation into the matter of her being arrested for growing weed in her backyard (the narcotics task force referred to the set up as “a complex marijuana cultivation operation capable of producing a marijuana crop year round”). Bryson was charged with possession of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy to cultivate marijuana, while her live-in boyfriend got seven felonies, including “possession of a silencer for firearms and operating a drug factory.” But, you know, that’s just like the cops’ opinion. Hearl clearly being the brains of this operation says he and the GF are innocent and that the charges are “bogus.” And he can prove it with a couple of exceptional excuses.

1. The duo “didn’t have that many plants” and

2. Oh, they’re farmers but they’re not weed farmers, they’re goat farmers.

Hearl said they did have a home business–goat farming. Last year Bryson registered the property with the Connecticut Farm Bureau as Butterfield Farms — named after the street she lives on. The site,, says Bryson and Hearl are striving to become a local supplier of goat product including cheese, milk and yogurt. Bryson received a $49,999 grant from the state to help get the farm going. Hearl told Forbes the business isn’t off the ground yet and they don’t have a license to sell goat products. But they encourage visitors to stop by their five-acre lot and visit the goats. The arrest report says they have surveillance equipment on the property.

Bryson and Hearl took their goat farm website down sometime this weekend but presumably they’re still welcoming visitors to stop by (and now that the couple’s 22 cal. rifle, 20 gauge shotgun, 22 cal browning handgun, two 9 mm handguns, handcuffs and about 200 rounds of ammunition have been seized there’s nothing to be worried about with regard to getting gunned down).

Executive At Troubled Hedge Fund Arrested For Running “Complex” Pot Farm In Her House [Forbes]

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  1. Posted by Guest | September 7, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    So they can go blow goats at their leisure…

  2. Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    That’s right.

  3. Posted by Baa Baa | September 7, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    spelled promote wrong.

    other than that, I have no concerns.

  4. Posted by black ghost | September 7, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    at this point trash fund managers need to sell drugs to keep up with invester withdraws

  5. Posted by guestosaurus | September 7, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    If they got they’re own water supply I’m in!

    Burry AKA “the Big Short”

  6. Posted by Mark Lowe | September 7, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    So David Bryson hired his sister for IR? Where’s the fun in sexually harassing a sibling?

  7. Posted by Supraman | September 7, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    So I don’t need a license or anything. Just get five acres with a couple goats and the state of CT will hand me a $50k grant?

    That’s a pretty solid deal.

  8. Posted by guestosaurus | September 7, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    the endproduct would be spacecheese – the spreadable delight your teenagers will love

  9. Posted by Guest | September 7, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    It might be fun if you were stoned enough…..

  10. Posted by Guest | September 7, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Nothing about this isn’t bullshit. Cops wanna snatch my crops…

  11. Posted by charles festerbottom | September 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

  12. Posted by charles festerbottom | September 7, 2010 at 3:14 PM
  13. Posted by guest | September 7, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    the cached web page,

  14. Posted by Guesty | September 7, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    nope – thats not her, she likes cakes as well as pot (allegedly)

  15. Posted by Guest | September 7, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    If they were really dealing drugs they would have had actual guns.

  16. Posted by Mark Itcall | September 7, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Yo, man, I’m comin’ up to pick up my “Goat Cheese”, dig?

  17. Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    a presumably not-offensive looking lady who actually grows things to make me fat and happy?

    viagra pill with a face if i ever saw one

  18. Posted by No Fat Chicks | September 7, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    i know fat when i see it. and bryers ice cream in profile pic = fat chick

  19. Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Bess: i say day trip to the farm and Beamers on the way home

  20. Posted by NKVD1938 | September 7, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Good god, what is the world coming to? This shit happens in Connecticut!?!? When I hear terms such as “live-in boyfriend,” “firearms,” and about one’s residence being used as a “drug factory” the first choices for the locale that come to my mind are generally places where the State flag still incorporates part of the Confederate ensign and where “intelligent design” is a selectable major at the State U.

  21. Posted by Guest | September 7, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Kids these days…

  22. Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Don’t forget the tax break you’ll get from classifying your 5+ acres in Westport as “agricultural land”

  23. Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    You ever been in, say, Waterbury??

  24. Posted by Carl Smith | September 7, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    i cant believe i wasted my time reading this

  25. Posted by LordHumongous | September 7, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Can I churn the butter with my phallus?

  26. Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Only if you record it to the tune of Weird Al Yankovic’s “Amish Paradise”

  27. Posted by UBS_Sales | September 7, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Put that on a TRS. Lever it up 5-10x.

  28. Posted by SPP | September 7, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    don’t let the door hit you on the way out…

  29. Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    investors would have to be on drugs to give these people their money anyway…

  30. Posted by Grabyourgoat | September 7, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Just spent some time in Newtown. It’s not at all like waterbury (and pretty rural and nice).

    The key question here is, of course, whether she’s truly hot.

  31. Posted by plang | September 7, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    more trash fund garbage………….

  32. Posted by Ignora_mouse | September 8, 2010 at 3:06 AM

    Whom do I contact at your esteemed firm to get a sample termsheet?

  33. Posted by #9 | September 8, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Why is Forbes publishing this article, wouldn’t it be more appropriate fodder for say, High Times?

  34. Posted by PB | September 11, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Tara is a heavy girl but no that is not a photo of her on Facebook.

  35. Posted by PB | September 11, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Tara is a heavy girl but no that is not a photo of her on Facebook.

  36. Posted by Eximious1 | September 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    This is just a smokescreen to distract investors and regulators from the real improprieties that have been transpiring at Newstream for a long time…

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