Feds Raid 2 Local Marijuana Dispensaries, Arrest Owner

By chillinwill · Aug 13, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    Federal and local agents raided two marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles and arrested to owner.

    Officials say more than 20 people from various agencies served a state search warrant Wednesday at the Organica Collective in Culver City, the Overland Gardens Collective in West Los Angeles and a private residence.

    Drug Enforcement Administration Spokesman Jose Martinez says agents seized about 100 pounds of marijuana, about 200 live plants and about $100,000 in cash.

    The owner of the dispensaries, 50 year old Jeffrey Joseph, was arrested at this home in Topanga Canyon.

    Agents shot a pit bull during the raid, according to Martinez, but it was expected to survive.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Torrance Police Department and Culver City Police Department took part in the raids.

    August 13, 2009
    KTLA News

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  1. Alfa
    With the massive number of dispensaries in LA and the announcement of the Obama administration not to raid medical marijuana dispensaries this is very strange.
  2. Master_Khan
    Agree, the number of agencies involved perhaps is a tip that the dispensary owner was in violation of tax law or dispensing to non-med patients or something like that.
  3. kailey_elise
    Poor doggie! I hate when the animals get hurt too during raids. Like raids don't suck enough on their own, your fucking pet gets shot and sometimes killed. *sigh*

  4. Motorhead
    Task force raids pot dispensaries, arrests owner

    The Associated Press
    Posted: 08/13/2009 02:59:18 PM PDT
    Updated: 08/13/2009 03:01:20 PM PDT

    LOS ANGELES—A task force of federal and local authorities raided two medical marijuana dispensaries and arrested the owner but gave no immediate explanation of how state law may have been violated.

    Jeffrey Joseph, 40, was arrested Wednesday for investigation of possessing more than 50 pounds of marijuana for sale, authorities said.

    Searches of his Topanga Canyon home and dispensaries in Marina del Rey and Culver City produced 452 live marijuana plants, more than 100 pounds of hashish and $103,000 in cash, said Jose Martinez, a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    California allows distribution of medical marijuana to qualifying patients, but such sales are still a federal crime.

    However, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this year that federal agents would target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state laws.

    The raids were conducted under a state search warrant issued for the Los Angeles Police Department, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the county district attorney's office.

    County prosecutors had not been presented with a criminal case and had not filed any charges, she said.

    A message left at Joseph's Organica Collective marijuana dispensary in Marina del Rey was not immediately returned. A recorded message said the dispensary was closed following the raid.


    This report says 100 lbs of Hashish, not Marijuana. Maybe thats what got stuck in their craw.
  5. nEone
    Overland Gardens wasn't a great dispensary - never been to Organica - but OG is walking distance - and I'd rather drive somewhere before going to them.

    The dispensary scene is a little like the wild west right now - you can tell on walking into a place which gang has set up shop - be it bloods, crips, korean gangs, russian mobsters, hippie enclaves, or frat-boy entrepreneurs. There's not a lot of regulation, though for the most part, everywhere has a similar level of security and dedication to verifying perscriptions, etc.

    One of the common scams going around dispensaries is forcing patients to sign over "sole provider" status (which grants the dispensary the right to grow plants on the patient's behalf) - and then once they reach a certain number of names - the store closes up and disappears - and you know they were only in business to get enough signatures to let them set up a farm somewhere (every plant has to have a patient's name assigned to it).

    The scam doesn't hurt anyone per se, because no one is monitoring where or how many places a patient signs over the "sole provider" rights. But it does suck to have a place just take your name and jet. And it doesn't do anything to help the legitimacy of the movement.

    Culver City is also a pretty conservative area of LA (lots of older folks) - so if OG was (and I'm not saying they were) playing loose with rules, or attracting clients who weren't respecting the community (smoking outside the shop, etc.) - then I wouldn't be surprised if there was community backlash.
  6. shhpongebob

    woah, huh, thanks for the intresting titbits (i mean, i dont live in a state that has any of that stuffs) i wouldent have guessed/ or known otherwise. would you mind expanding on the topic of gangs and cannibis clubs? i mean, if you have the information at hand and want to share!

    thanks either way, learn new stuff all the times
  7. oxyhydro
    This has been happening a lot, the owners need to understand that they are dealing a schedule I drug and if they want other states to legalize it as well for medical use I think they should lay low and stick to the rules for at least a few years.
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