Spring Valley, CA–Five people were arrested Thursday after an illegal marijuana dispensary was shut down in the unincorporated area of Spring Valley, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics and Gangs Division, with the assistance of deputies from the Lakeside Sheriff’s Crime Suppression Teams and members of the Special Enforcement Detail, served a search warrant at 5 p.m. in the 10500 block of Campo Road in Spring Valley.
The warrant was part of an investigation by Sheriff’s detectives of illegal marijuana dispensaries in San Diego county.
Detectives seized 35 pounds of marijuana,35 pounds of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) vape products, 65 pounds of THC infused edibles, 20 pounds of concentrated Butane Hash Oil, (BHO) and hash, 181 THC infused drinks, 25 psilocybin laced candy bars, $8,000 in U.S. currency, and two firearms.
Investigators discovered several THC infused edibles which falsely appeared to be legitimate name brand chips and candies. It is not uncommon for unlicensed and unregulated cannabis dispensaries to market their dangerous products to children. Additionally, THC infused food products closely resembling well-known name brands may be inadvertently consumed, creating potential health and safety risks.
Sheriff’s detectives were accompanied by San Diego County’s Code Compliance Team, who noted several violations in the building creating a danger to its occupants. County Code Compliance requested San Diego Gas and Electric cut off power to the entire property until the dangers could be mitigated.
The warrant follows community concerns about illegal dispensaries near schools and residential areas.
“We want to assure those we serve know the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is listening to the community and recognizes the negative impact illegal marijuana dispensaries have on our neighborhoods,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
Felony charges will be filed with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office against four men and one woman who were arrested at the scene.