Get Off My…Yacht? Marijuana Mogul’s Father Won’t be Charged in Deadly Shooting of Yacht Thief

At 3:30 a.m. on September 4th, a husband and wife in their sixties were relaxing on their 70-foot yacht, the Sea Weed, docked in a marina near San Diego’s south bay region. The $1.8M boat had recently come into the couple’s stewardship under tragic circumstances after their son, a marijuana entrepreneur, fatally crashed his Lamborghini with a 26-year-old model inside.

Following their son’s death, the un-named parents had been spending much of their time on the yacht while waiting for the right buyer to take it off their hands.

But a 40-year-old man named Casey M. Ryan decided to board the Sea Weed. The stranger released the mooring lines, setting the yacht adrift. Then, from the upper control area, Ryan started the boat’s engines. This happened several times, and the husband shut the engines off each time from below.

Ryan then attempted to break into the boat’s interior space through sliding glass doors, but to no avail. He then came in through an escape hatch and attacked the 63-year-old owner. By then, however, the owner had armed himself. After a struggle, he shot the attacker.

He ran outside, yelling for help, saying, “I had to shoot! He was trying to steal my boat with me on it!” By the time police arrived, Ryan was dead. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. His wife and dog were unharmed.

If there’s a moral to this unusual story, perhaps it is that that money can seldom buy safety, let alone happiness. It’s your responsibility, not anyone else’s, to protect yourself and your loved ones, whether in a car, in your home, or on your multi-million-dollar yacht.

Here is a brief news video of the incident, featuring interviews with other members of the boating community, via 10News:


    1. avatar Perp Rap says:

      I’m on a boat m0tharfkka,
      Take a look at me,
      Breakin’ in to your boat,
      On the deep blue sea,
      Busting windows,
      And untyin’ your ropes,
      You better shoot me m0tharfkka,
      ‘Cause I’m breakin’ in your boat!

  1. avatar arc says:

    Good. Shouldn’t be any charges, weed or not.

    1. avatar Rusty Chains says:

      Surprised they didn’t hold this one till September 19th for talk like a pirate day. Arrrt what a crying shame that be!

  2. avatar FedUp says:

    I am Elmer J. Fudd, marijuanaire.
    I own a mansion and a yacht.

    Sorry, Ralph, beat ya to it.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:


      1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

        And here is the reference to my quote above for reader who have no idea why I posted it:

  3. avatar Michael B says:

    “It’s your responsibility, not anyone else’s, to protect yourself and your loved ones, whether in a car, in your home, or on your multi-million-dollar yacht.”

    Cops show up AFTER the crime has been committed. If people could get this into their heads, they’d quit living under the illusion that ‘calling 9-11’ will save them. WE are the ‘first responders.’ Cops are second responders. If we don’t or can’t ‘respond’ when someone threatens us and the ones we love, then we put our lives in the hands of the scum who threaten us.

    Good for this guy, is all I can say.

  4. avatar FedUp says:

    The question is, why didn’t some enterprising LE agency step in and seize all of young Mr Weed’s assets when he died?

    1. avatar Parnell says:

      It’s California. He was probably in the “legal” pot business.

      1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

        “He was probably in the “legal” pot business.”

        His ‘business’ was in the medicinal pot business.

        And the coroner’s report listed his death as ‘thermal’ injuries.

        The model was thrown from the crash and died two days later.

        Man, you can shoot me or stab me, just don’t burn me alive…

        1. avatar FedUp says:

          So the Commiefornians couldn’t seize all his assets as resulting from ‘criminal enterprise’, but the DEA could?

        2. avatar ollie says:

          Gee, you’d think a $300,000 car would have a $1,500 fuel cell to protect the occupants from crisping after an accident.

          Burning folks alive is the up and coming MO for Australian mass murder coconuts who cannot get firearms.

  5. avatar PavePusher says:

    I’d think that qualifies as ‘Piracy’, legally speaking. IANAL…..

    1. avatar Saucy Jack says:

      Arrr, matey! Methinks yer right an’ true!

    2. avatar anonymoose says:

      Look at me! I’m the weed mogul now.

  6. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Sheesh. When I was 26 (1972), you could get free room and board for 20 years for being a “marijuana entrepreneur”. This guy got a Lambo with model and a multimillion dollar yacht. Well, at least is was only one model.

  7. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    “If there’s a moral to this unusual story…”

    I see two:
    1) Don’t speed in your Lamborghini when you have a BAC of 0.17 (plus Phentermine) or you might die.
    2) Don’t steal other people’s stuff or you might die.

    1. avatar barnbwt says:

      I’m sure both seemed like a good idea at the time.

  8. avatar MLee says:

    I suppose technically, that would be piracy.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Nah, piracy is if you board it when it’s in waters, not at the dock. It’s boat-thievin.

  9. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    So, what is the legal landscape if there is a righteous self-defense event on the yacht 20 miles out to see in International waters? Who investigates? What laws apply regarding the possession of firearms much less use of deadly force for self-defense?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Get back to us with the 411 after you’ve done your research.

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      Once outside the state territorial limit (which I think is five miles), federal maritime law applies. What that law says, I haven’t a clue, but have to believe that it allows for defending against murder, mayhem, and assorted acts of mutiny and piracy.

      1. avatar Matt Gibson says:

        If you’re on the open water, you have the right to defend your vessel against attack unless you are being boarded by sailors from a warship (technically if they are from a different nation, this could be an act of war depending on the circumstances – I suppose you could shoot at a warship, if you’re a fool).

        If you capture any pirates alive, you as the Captain have the option of turning them over to authorities at the nearest port, or you can have a trial on board your ship. If they are found guilty, you can hang them. There’s an example of this in the novel ‘Clear and Present Danger’, but that was with a USCG cutter, technically a warship.

        Laws from 1805 that never get updated sure are fun, aren’t they?

        1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

          Interesting to say the least. Thank you for the information.

    3. avatar Ardent says:

      This seems like a good time for the three S’s. Shoot, splash, and shut the **** up.

  10. avatar jwm says:

    2 younger men learned a hard lesson here. Just because you can afford a Lambo doesn’t mean you can handle a Lambo. A hard learned lesson that brought tragedy to two families. Unless the model walked away uninjured.

    The other young man learned a very basic lesson. Don’t fukk with an old man. We’ll just kill you and let the lawyers sort it.

    1. avatar Mr Lizard says:

      Ya if I ever have the opportunity to recommend a super car, I would pick the Audi R8. All wheel drive can make up for a certain amount of stupidity

      1. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

        My A6 will simply not lose contact with the road. At least not so far and I’ve driven it pretty hard.

    2. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Reading the linked story, I discovered
      1) The young Lambo driver’s female companion also perished because of the crash
      2) The young Lambo driver was under the influence of alcohol (0.17 BAC).

      So it’s not really a case of not being able to handle a Lambo. It’s a case of being stupid. Sometimes, these things are not complicated. Shame his act of Darwinism also took someone else’s life.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Still, recognizing his failings in judgement and maybe character, how many of us die in a Lambo with a model?

        It has a certain style.

        1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

          JWM, for years I have always said that if I won the Lotto, I’d be dead in under a month when I wrapped my Ferrari around a telephone pole…

        2. avatar FedUp says:

          The ‘burned to death’ part sort of takes away the attraction.

          I do recall a guy who got his head blown off on the golf course in a Matt Bracken novel.
          There he is, enjoying his favorite sport, and the next instant he’s dead. You can’t have an open casket funeral, but from the dead guy’s POV it was pretty nice.

      2. avatar neiowa says:

        The “model” received her own Darwin award. Airhead was running around with a “marijuana entrepreneur” (drug dealer). “Model” indicates a considerable lack of substance in any case. Why doe s the US need to import “models” (and Canadian “actors”). WHAT do they add to the US that we need?

  11. avatar GS650G says:

    Both the son and the thief were Darwined.

  12. avatar bontai joe says:

    So why am I thinking that the green stuff that Popeye was always eating out of the can might not have been spinach after all?

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