ROSAMOND — 3 illegal marijuana dispensaries in Rosamond had been raided by Kern County Sheriff’s deputies and wardens from the California Division of Fish and Wildlife on Friday, resulting in seven arrests and the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana merchandise.
Officials executed search warrants at Organic Wellness Options, 1315 Rosamond Blvd. American Organic Collective, 1737 Locust St. and Lights Out Wellness, 1739 Poplar St., the Kern County Sheriff’s Workplace reported Tuesday.
Officials collected much more than 99 pounds of processed marijuana with an estimated street worth of $450,000 much more than eight,495 grams of marijuana concentrates with an estimated street worth of $340,000 and much more than 483 packages of edible marijuana merchandise estimated at $five,000 in street worth.
Also, officials seized a handgun and collapsible baton.
Deputies arrested Shane Degroff, 32 Leah Modell, 27 and Katherine Gaspar, 25, on charges of keeping a small business for the goal of sales, illegal sales of marijuana and conspiracy to commit a crime, officials stated.
In addition, Devonte Lisk, 39, was arrested for becoming a felon in possession of a firearm, a baton, ammunition and pepper spray, officials stated.
All of the people had been either issued a citation in the field, or arrested and booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s Workplace Jail pending court proceedings.
All 3 marijuana outlets had been operating in violation of Kern County’s October 2017 ban on industrial marijuana organizations in the unincorporated regions and much more than two months beyond the deadline for them to close.
Following the ban, 29 health-related marijuana outlets across the county had been permitted time to orderly close their organizations, with a final deadline for ceasing operations on May well 24.
Nevertheless, only 18 of these had been confirmed closed with inventory removed practically a month later, according to a report to the Kern County Board of Supervisors on June 18.
A further seven had been apparently pretending to be closed with proof they had been nevertheless open and operating at random hours, and 4 much more refused to close and had been nevertheless operating, Organizing Director Lorelei Oviatt reported to the Board at that time.
County officials at that time stated all these organizations nevertheless operating would be topic to enforcement actions.
In Rosamond, exactly where the challenge has been particularly acute, Kern County Sheriff’s officials stated in June, that only a single shop had complied with the order to close with any certainty, and a second a single appeared to have closed.
Enforcement is tough, as the Rosamond substation is busy and understaffed. Shutting down a small business employing law enforcement would take 5 or six deputies all day to total, personnel that is not obtainable, Sgt. Marcus Moncur stated in June.