On Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at approximately 8:00 a.m., members of the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team and Rancho Cucamonga Station Multiple Enforcement Team served search warrants at the TOP Collective marijuana dispensary and at the residence of the dispensary owner, Mario Quinonez. Quinonez has been operating his marijuana dispensary in violation of the Rancho Cucamonga City Ordinance prohibiting marijuana dispensaries and continued to operate in defiance of a court order and injunction.
Investigators found Quinonez was using the second floor of the two-story dispensary building to cultivate marijuana. Two rooms had been converted into grow rooms with the addition of un-approved walls, electrical wiring, air-conditioning and exhaust systems. Investigators also found evidence indicating the operators of the dispensary were conducting a concentrated cannabis extraction process in which butane is utilized to create a substance commonly referred to as wax. The illegal process is extremely dangerous due to the high potential for explosion. Approximately 25 pounds of processed marijuana, edible marijuana products, concentrated cannabis (wax) and 53 marijuana plants were seized from the dispensary. Dispensary employee Rudy Ray Cruz, who arrived during the search warrant, was arrested and booked for two outstanding arrest warrants.
During the search of Quinonez’s residence, investigators located and seized approximately 5.3 grams of cocaine, 2 grams of psilocybin (psychedelic mushrooms), 20 grams of concentrated cannabis, ½ pound of processed marijuana, 10 marijuana plants and a military style ballistic vest. Quinonez was arrested and booked at the West Valley Detention Center for possession of the controlled substances.
Rancho Cucamonga Code Enforcement assisted with the investigation and determined the dispensary building was unsafe to be occupied due to unapproved construction consisting of the installation of walls, high voltage wiring, plumbing and air-conditioning. Electricity to the building was disconnected by Southern California Edison due to the dangerous conditions.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division at (909) 890-4840. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
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Refer: Sheriff’s Public Affairs
Phone No. (909)387-3700