Tuesday prosecutors in San Diego announced that an undercover operation revealed an illegal medical marijuana dispensary was dealing in more than marijuana. The operation in question took place at Market Greens, located at 4255 Market Avenue in the Mt. Hope neighborhood where undercover officers successfully purchased cocaine.
This buy gave authorities enough evidence to gather a search warrant. The warrant was served on October 14, with acting officers immediately focused in on a locked door where the product was stored. Upon arrival officers were refused entry by an employee, not discouraged officers continued in the facility to be met by an armed man inside. Officers were quoted saying the man reached for his gun initially, but quickly stood down when police identified themselves.
The officers found cocaine, marijuana edibles, and four hand guns. One of the hand guns had been reported as stolen and as of now five people have been arrested in connection with the illegal operation.
“Illegal dispensaries can be dangerous places, as evident by the fact that a convicted felon was found on the premises of Market Greens in possession of a weapon,”
said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.
He makes a great point here, not only was this facility operating outside the bounds of California’s medical marijuana laws (which are pretty grey) but it was in possession of other illegal substances and firearms – hardly a place for patients to feel safe or attain medicine of any quality. Earlier this year one person was murdered at another illegally operating dispensary. Goldsmith elaborated that this effort was not an attack on legitimate medical marijuana operations.
“Our office is focused only on zoning violations. That’s it. We’re not after shutting down marijuana, as far as medical marijuana is concerned.”
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