KERN COUNTY - On July 26, 2019, Kern County Sheriff’s deputies and wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) executed search warrants at the following illegal marijuana dispensaries:
1315 Rosamond Blvd (Organic Health Solutions)
1737 Locust St Unit C-1 (American Original Collective-AOC)
1739 Poplar St (Lights Out Wellness)
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, these marijuana dispensaries were not licensed by the state or county. All of the dispensaries were served with orders to cease and desist operations by May 24, 2019.
The following evidence was seized from the investigation:
-More than 99 pounds of processed marijuana
-More than 8,495 grams of marijuana concentrates
-More than 483 packages of edible marijuana products
-One handgun and one collapsible baton.
Arrested for maintaining a business for the purposes of sales, illegal sales of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit a crime were: Shane Degroff, 32, Leah Modell, 27, and Katherine Gaspar, 25.
Marvin Munoz, 27, and Aurora Ramirez, 20, were arrested for the illegal sales of marijuana.
Cody Biggs, 27, was arrested for the illegal sales and transportation of marijuana.
Devonte Lisk, 39, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a baton, ammunition, and pepper spray.
“CDFW wardens throughout the state are now routinely assisting local law enforcement department’s with the illegal cannabis investigations,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “Shutting down unlicensed operations not only assists those who are legally operating cannabis businesses, it helps to protect the public from purchasing a product possibly grown and processed in conditions that could be harmful, such as illegal pesticides.”