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Pot-laced breakfast cereal, candy seized in raids of marijuana dispensaries in L.A.,

  1. Balzafire
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies arrested 11 people during a four-county raid on marijuana facilities that recovered drugs as well as pot-laced breakfast cereal and candy bars.

    Officials served search warrants this week at 16 locations, seizing 78 pounds of marijuana as well as related evidence, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Department. Officials said the drugs had a street value of $234,000.

    The crackdown targeted medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. Local law enforcement was aided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the State Board of Equalization and the State Franchise Tax Board.

    According to the statement, officials found pot-laced crisped rice treats, orange drinks and "cannabis-laced cereal similar to Froot Loops or Apple Jacks."

    [Updated, 3:34 p.m.: By Friday, all but one of those arrested had been released from jail, sheriff’s records show. Most posted bond; three were released Friday after authorities determined there was insufficient grounds to file a criminal complaint, a sheriff’s spokesman said. The remaining suspect was being held on an unrelated warrant.

    Erik Andresen, who was released Thursday, said none of the 11 were charged in connection with the raids.

    Andresen said he works with four dispensaries that operate legally as collectives and provide a valuable service to patients who have doctor recommendations to use medical marijuana. The collectives, he said, were providing patients with free medical marijuana on Saturday and Sunday.

    “We follow the law,” said Andresen, who complained that he was a victim of harassment by law enforcement. “There are no profits because anything we make over the till goes back to patients for free medications. I don’t understand what is so wrong with following the law.”]

    Shelby Grad and Jack Leonard
    October 9, 2010


  1. godztear
    Re: Pot-laced breakfast cereal, candy seized in raids of marijuana dispensaries in L.

    What the hell were they all arrested for if non of the arrests were made in connection with the raid? Didn't Obama tell the DEA to back off of California's medical marijuana facilities? Seams to me like the hound dogs need a little more training. What does this say if California approves Proposition 19, would the DEA effectively declare war on the state of California and all it's occupants since the DEA doesn't seam to be listening to the President anyway.
  2. buseman
    Re: Pot-laced breakfast cereal, candy seized in raids of marijuana dispensaries in L.

    Drug Bust Finds Marijuana-Laced Candy

    Eleven people were arrested and over $350,000 was seized in Southern California during drug raids last week. Also seized were batches of candy laced with marijuana.

    Authorities in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department raided 16 locations in Southern California on Thursday including five medical marijuana clinics, two processing sites, a grow site, seven residences, and a sailboat in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties.

    Several lollipops laced with hashish oil were seized at the sites as well as boxes of Blitz brand candy bars. Agents have also seized 35 marijuana plants and 78 pounds of processed marijuana.

    Authorities said in a statement that they found "cannabis-laced cereal similar to Froot Loops or Apple Jacks” at the sites.

    Cookies, marshmallows, pies, ice cream, energy drinks, peanut butter, jelly, and cereal, barbeque sauce, chocolate-covered pretzels, and other "enhanced" snacks intended for medical users of the drug were also produced at the sites.

    According to authorities, the marijuana-laced food products were being produced and sold in Southern California and several other states.

    Snacks laced with marijuana are often more potent and longer lasting.

    The estimated value of all the substances is $350,000. Also seized were $20,000 in cash, six vehicles, and hydroponic growing equipment and chemicals.


    By Shaoshao Chen
    Oct 12, 2010
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