Randall Zandstra has been busted again, and this time it wasn't at the final table of a World Series of Poker event. The 45-year-old was arrested in Colorado on a warrant for charges in Union County, N.J., and will probably face charges of cultivating marijuana in Colorado.
On Thursday, Randall Zandstra led U.S. Marshals on a car chase when they came to his home in Greeley, Colo. The chase resulted in a crash, during which he was ejected form the vehicle and broke his leg.
Zandstra, who placed ninth in the 1996 WSOP $2,000 Limit Hold'em event, was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.
When he is released from the hospital he will be extradited to New York where he is wanted for charges of fraud in Union County, New Jersey.
The U.S. Marshals had been looking for Zandstra for the last few months. When they made contact with him Thursday morning to serve the arrest warrant, he fled in a vehicle, tried to ram the marshals' vehicle off the road and crashed.
When federal agents arrived at his home, search dogs also indicated there were drugs in the home. They found 112 high-potency marijuana plants and supplies.
According to Greeley Police Lt. Steve Nelson with the drug task force, there was more than $20,000 in products used to grow the plants, and the basement of the home had been completely converted to a lab for the process.
"These are very high-quality plants," Nelson said in northern Colorado paper, The Tribune. "A pound will probably run more than $5,000 to $6,000."
The drug task force will be recommending that the Weld District Attorney file charges of marijuana cultivation against Zandstra.
The New York Post also reported that Zandstra has used as many as 16 aliases and has been banned at most gambling places in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.
Zandstra, using the name Sean Hoeksema, also married in 2004 and moved into his wife's home in Loveland, Colo. After convincing his new wife to sign over her home to him, he left with $20,000 of her Salvador Dali signed art prints.