SAN BERNARDINO: Dispensary sold pot to non-patients, police say – Press-Enterprise (blog)

A handgun was discovered hidden among the jars of marijuana, sheriff's officials say. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAN BERNARDINO SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

A handgun was discovered hidden among the jars of marijuana, sheriff’s officials say. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAN BERNARDINO SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

A marijuana dispensary in the unincorporated area near San Bernardino was caught selling to customers who had no prescription, police officials said.

San Bernardino sheriff’s officials served a search warrant at about 3 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Top Shelf Wellness Center, 604 40th Street, and confiscated 5 pounds of marijuana in processed leaf form and 15 grams of concentrated oil, a sheriff’s news release stated.

They also found, hidden among jars of marijuana, a loaded revolver that was reported stolen in Hesperia, the release stated.

Two dispensary employees, Kenneth William Hunt and Rodrick Douglas Walker, who were both under the influence of marijuana, were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and possession of stolen property and booked into the Central Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bail, jail records show.

“Evidence obtained by investigators revealed Walker and Hunt made no effort to confirm if customers were medical marijuana patients,” the release stated.

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Since state law allows marijuana sale only to people with a doctor’s prescription, the men were breaking the law, the release stated.

Hunt, 20, was also arrested on suspicion of illegal possession of a controlled, non-narcotic drug and Walker, 36, was also arrested on suspicion of being a felon under the influence of a narcotic, the jail records state.

The dispensary was also in violation of the county’s prohibition of marijuana dispensaries, and it continued doing business despite being served cease-and-desist orders, the release states.

Hunt and Walker were the only two employees in the dispensary when officials served their search warrant. Though jail records show their ages are 20 and 36, a sheriff’s news release stated they were 23 and 37.

Officials asked anybody with information on this investigation to call the sheriff’s narcotics division at 909-890-4840 or leave information anonymously at 800-782-74633 or on the tip website at www.wetip.com.

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