Two men have been arrested on suspicion of growing and selling marijuana after detectives responded to their online ad on Craigslist for high-grade pot, according to a Hemet police sergeant.
Ronald Gray, 36, of Moreno Valley and Frank Lewis, 30, of Wildomar were taken into custody after undercover officers arranged an undercover buy on the outskirts of Hemet about 8 p.m. Friday, according to Hemet police Sgt. Jim Anderson.
Police said they seized about two ounces of "high grade" marijuana, then searched a home in Moreno Valley and found marijuana being cultivated inside and outside the home, according to Anderson.
Anderson described the scene inside as a "small indoor grow" and said four plants were growing in the yard. Officers found three-quarters of a pound of packaged marijuana, a small amount of marijuana being dried, and an unloaded rifle, according to Anderson.
Charges included possessing marijuana for sales, cultivation of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and conspiracy to commit a felony, Anderson said.
Hemet police have also arrested several prostitutes after they advertised their services on Craigslist, according to Anderson.
But this is the first time Hemet police have made an arrest that involves alleged drug dealers advertising on Craigslist, according to Anderson.
Saturday, October 11, 2008