Spring Valley, CA–A search warrant was served at an illegal marijuana dispensary in Spring Valley, San Diego Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.
Sheriff’s deputies from Rancho San Diego, Lakeside, and Imperial Beach served the search warrant at 11:20 a.m. in the 10600 block of Willie Baker Way.
Approximately 3000 pounds of raw marijuana and marijuana products were seized with an estimated street value in excess of 2 million dollars. Also seized was over $5,000 in cash, four handguns and one shotgun.
San Diego County Code Compliance, SDG&E, and a San Miguel Fire and Rescue Deputy Fire Marshal were on scene to inspect the business. The Deputy Fire Marshal noted a number of violations and issued a notice of violation along with a stop work order. Code Compliance noted a number of ordinance violations and is conducting their own investigation. SDG&E removed power from the business due to the violations.
“We want to assure those we serve the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is listening to the community and recognizes the negative impact illegal marijuana dispensaries have on our neighborhoods. These unregulated facilities attract criminals involved in other illicit drugs, and are often the catalyst for violent crime, property crime, and financial crime that affect residents and other local businesses. Products sold at unlicensed facilities are cultivated and manufactured using processes which may be harmful to consumers and are often marketed to children, creating a public safety hazard,” Sheriff’s Deputies said in a news release.
The warrant follows community concerns about illegal marijuana dispensaries operating near schools and residential areas.