East County News Service

August 22, 2019 (Spring Valley) – As a direct outcome of several complaints from concerned citizens, 3 illegal marijuana dispensaries in Spring Valley and Casa de Oro had been searched and shut down by law enforcement and one particular arrest was created.

The actions had been performed this morning at 7:45 a.m., when Sheriff’s teams from Rancho San Diego and Imperial Beach, along with the East County Street Group, assisted County Code Compliance in serving an abatement warrant for a zoning violation and criminal search warrants at dispensaries situated at 9966 Dolores Street #209 in Casa de Oro, 566 Paraiso Ave. and 1078 Elkelton Blvd. in Spring Valley.


More than 140 pounds of marijuana, marijuana edibles, paraphernalia and money had been identified. An employee at the Dolores Street place was arrested for possession and sale of marijuana.  Even though state law makes it possible for possessions of little amounts of marijuana for private use, possession of bigger amounts and sale is prohibited in San Diego County’s unincorporated places.


County Code Compliance secured the 3 illegally dispensaries by boarding up entry doors. The County is applying developing codes to shut down illegal marijuana operations, serving illegal dispensaries with 10-day notices and ordering home owners to take away tenants involved in illegal marijuana sales. If the owner does not take away the tenant, the County implements abatement proceedings and secures the properties to preserve buildings secure.  Any individual identified inside the home soon after it has been secured can be arrested.


The Casa de Oro and Spring Valley places have had a series of crackdowns to close illegal marijuana dispensaries.


In contrast to state-licensed cannabis dispensaries in places that enable them, illegal dispensaries are not topic to any high-quality handle to verify for purity and assure that marijuana is not adulterated or tainted with pesticides, fungicides, or laced with other drugs.  The city of San Diego has legalized sale of recreational and health-related marijuana pursuant to state requirements. In East County, La Mesa and Lemon Grove voters have legalized health-related marijuana dispensaries La Mesa at present has one particular that has opened.


Considerably, now Weedmaps, a preferred web-site for men and women in search of marijuana dispensaries, announced that it will no longer list illegal dispensaries – only these operating legally in California.


Residents can contact Crime Stoppers to report illegal drug activities or other crimes and stay anonymous at (888)580-8477, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,00 for details top to a felony arrest.


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