The Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team, Needles Station deputies and the
Mojave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Teams (MAGNET) in Bullhead and Lake
Havasu City conducted a multi-agency investigation over the past several weeks.
Various involved subjects, marijuana dispensaries and private homes were
identified, resulting in the service of 13 search warrants.
In 1996 California voters passed the Compassionate Use
Act which allows for the personal use of marijuana for certain medical
illnesses. Investigators determined during
their investigation that Arizona residents were purchasing marijuana from
California dispensaries. The customers
were providing the owner/operator of the dispensary with a California
Identification Card with a California address when they in fact, live in
Arizona. In addition to selling marijuana to
Arizona residents, investigators determined many of the dispensary owners and
operators are also full-time residents of Arizona. California medical
marijuana laws specifically pertain to California residents only. The
individuals identified through this investigation are circumventing California
law by making false claims of residency. The Sheriff’s
Department frequently investigates marijuana dispensaries that are not in
compliance with state laws.
On January 30th
and 31st, 2014, the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division Marijuana Team conducted
an investigation related to the illegal sales of marijuana at multiple
dispensaries and residences in the City of Needles.
On Thursday, January
30th, Detectives prepared and served a total of eight search
warrants at three dispensaries and four residences in Needles, and one residence
in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Detectives
seized 95 lbs. of processed marijuana, over 2,500 grams of Butane Honey Oil Wax
(BHO Wax), edible marijuana products, U.S. currency and several firearms.
On Friday, January 31st,
five search warrants were served at dispensaries and residences in Needles, Ca.
and Bullhead, Arizona. Detectives seized 350 lbs. of processed
marijuana and a large quantity of edible marijuana products.
Reports will be forwarded to the District Attorney for review of filing
criminal charges. One suspect is
currently being sought for the illegal possession of the firearms seized.
The investigation is continuing and anyone
with information should 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.
Refer: Sheriff’s Public Affairs