• Over 1,100 plants seized during raid on illegal Marijuana Dispensary

    November 01, 2018

    Members of the Riverside County Cannabis Regulation Task Force seized as many as 1,150 marijuana plants, 159 dried plants, and 21 pounds of processed cannabis during a raid on Desert Cann Wellness Center, which
    is located at  30565 Gunther St in Thousand Palms. They also recovered more than $9,000 in cash from the spot.

    Led by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, the officials of the Cannabis Regulation Task Force, raided the dispensary Tuesday as it was operating in an area where the county does not currently
    permit the distribution of cannabis products.

    The task force detained one of the employees of the dispensary, however, released him immediately after serving a search warrant.

    “Dispensaries are not authorized to operate in unincorporated areas of the county,” John Hall, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office, said. “When businesses attempt to do this, they have an unfair business advantage over those that  work with cities to get the proper permits and make sure their products are regulated for safety.”

    Desert Cann, 'offers safe access to Medical Cannabis for registered medical marijuana members...[and]...prides itself on bringing a new option in healthcare, one that can relieve, comfort and improve your quality of life," according to its company website. " It included a front lobby where customers bought their products and four large grow rooms.

    The district attorney’s office, meanwhile, has served the business with a cease and desist letter today, informing them they are prohibited from continuing to operate commercially.
  • Woman attempts to kill Husband over Medical Marijuana argument

    October 30, 2018

    A 70-year-old Adams County woman is accused of attempting to kill her husband as he wanted to use medical marijuana.

    Palma A. Conrad  is charged with attempted murder, attempted homicide, and two counts of aggravated assault after she stabbed her husband, Richard Conrad, multiple times in the chest, face, and neck.

    Adams County Assistant District Attorney Miranda Blazek announced the allegations against Conrad in a press release on Tuesday.

    According to a police affidavit filed by Officer Anthony Gilberto of the Littlestown Police Department, Conrad stabbed her husband because of his desire to use medical marijuana, saying she was “sick of it.”

    Gilberto had responded to a 911 call from the Conrads’ house and as he arrived the couple's home in the 300-block of Lexington Way, found saw Mrs. Conrad exiting the home with a black eye and blood on her hands,
    arms, and face.

    Richard Conrad, was lying on the living room floor and covered in blood. He told police he was asleep in a recliner when his wife stabbed him in the chest. He said he punched his wife in the face in an attempt to stop the attack.

    Richard Conrad was flown to a hospital by helicopter and was said to be in stable condition.

    Palma Conrad told police she argued with her husband because he wanted to use medical marijuana. She said she was upset and "sick of it" over her husband getting medical marijuana, so after an argument, she walked into the kitchen, saw the knife, and decided to kill him, the criminal complaint states.

    Palma also told police that she had thought about killing her husband for over a month and was “disappointed” to know he was still alive.

    Police took her in a police car and placed in Adams County Prison on $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7.
  • Former Postal Worker sentenced for stealing Marijuana

    October 30, 2018

    A former employee of U.S. Postal Service Friday was sentenced to six months in jail for stealing marijuana. 

    Makhya Curtis, 24, of Highland Springs, looted at least one parcel of nearly 3 pounds of illegally shipped marijuana on June 23, 2017, 

    However, the package handler was caught while leaving the Sandston Mail Processing and Distribution Center with more than a kilogram of marijuana.

    U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne sentenced Curtis, who admitted using marijuana but was not involved in illegally shipping it.

    The U.S. attorney’s office sought a six-month sentence. However, Curtis’ lawyer, Vaughan C. Jones, asked for home confinement instead of jail. He sought the court's permission so that she could continue to work her two jobs, care for her 5-year-old son and participate in a drug treatment program.

    According to Court documents dozens of damaged parcels were recovered from the Sandston distribution center that had been removed from the mail stream, opened and searched from March to June of 2017. 

    The damaged packages were then placed back into the mail stream, sometimes with the contents removed. 

    Curtis was employed at the center as a mail handler — loading, unloading and moving bulk mail — when she learned that marijuana was being shipped through the mail.

    The postal inspectors reviewed surveillance footage from security cameras after getting reports of the high number of damaged packages and found that Curtis opening some packages.

    On June 23, 2017, also inspectors watching via video saw her remove several packages from bins and open them. She was seen placing the contents of at least one parcel into her personal bag and was intercepted by inspectors when she left the facility on a break.

    Later, a total of 1,338.9 grams, or nearly 3 pounds, of marijuana was recovered during a search of her bag.
    The U.S. Postal Inspection Service reported that in 2016, inspectors seized mail containing more than 40,000 pounds of illegal narcotics and $22.5 million in drug-trafficking proceeds.
  • Gwinnett Man administers Marijuana to Teens before raping them

    October 30, 2018

    A Norcross man gave marijuana to a 14-year-old and 15-year-old before sexually assaulting them. This was informed by the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office. The accused has been identified as Ronnie Antwan Stone (34).

    According to the DA’s office, Stone sent a car to pick the girls, cousins, with whom he was chatting online the day after Christmas in 2016. He had met them at a Christmas gathering.

    During their interrogation, the girls informed the police that Stone offered them “a drink of some sort” and marijuana after they arrived in his home in Norcross.

    While the senior cousin smoked the marijuana, the younger one did not, they told police. Stone had sex with the 15-year-old, said the 14-year-old to the police. He then ordered the 14-year-old into another bedroom, where he raped her, the DA’s office said.

    While one of the girls’ mother went to pick them up from the home, Stone had already fled the spot. Later, he informed his girlfriend, who knew the cousins’ family, that he had consensual sex with the girls.

    Charges of rape, aggravated child molestation, statutory rape, enticing a child for indecent purposes and contributing to the delinquency of a minor were leveled against Stone on Oct. 23 after a one-day bench trial.

    Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor sentenced Stone to life, with the first 20 years to serve in prison. However, he was acquitted of one charge of aggravated sexual battery and one charge of enticing a child for indecent purposes.
  • Marijuana Activist Gabel is in Lincoln mayoral poll fray

    October 29, 2018

    Krystal Gabel, an advocate for marijuana legalization, announced on her Facebook page Thursday that she is running for Lincoln mayor.

    "Lincoln needs fresh, nonpartisan leadership to build a smarter, greener economy that directly benefits the community and Nebraska’s future," Gabel says on her website.

    Gabel has decided to contest the mayor election as an independent candidate. She lists the top item of her platform as legalizing marijuana in Lincoln.

    "By implementing a full cannabis decriminalization policy within Lincoln City limits, residents will be able to legally possess marijuana and grow plants for personal use (no sales)," Gabel wrote on Facebook.

    "The City of Lincoln and LPD would no longer pursue low-level marijuana cases (possession and consumption) and actively work to seal all past marijuana convictions en masse. My intent is to save the city thousands in marijuana enforcement costs and apply that money to city expenses that are currently funded by property taxes," she added. 

    The other agendas of her political electoral manifestos includes starting a citywide free bus service, creating a zero waste program and encouraging e-commerce companies to expand and thrive in Lincoln.

    This apart, one can see her full platform on her website. Gabel unsuccessfully challenged Gov. Pete Ricketts in the Republican primary earlier this year. She also had decided to run for Omaha City Council last year, however, she fell short in her attempt.

    The other top contenders of the Lincoln mayor election are Mayor Chris Beutler, a Democrat, and Lincoln City Councilwoman Cyndi Lamm, a Republican.

    Both Beutler and Lamm have announced they'll run for mayor in 2019, although the former would be ineligible to run again if the term limits proposal passes.

  • NY man tries to bring marijuana across Peace Bridge, arrested

    October 27, 2018

    U.S. Attorney James Kennedy informed that a downstate New York man has been arrested while he was trying to smuggle marijuana across the Peace Bridge into the United States.

    The accused has been identified as David Dratch, 23, who is from Montgomery.
    Officers arrested while he was entering the United States from Canada at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry on October 25.

    After initially denying he had any drugs or prohibited items in his car, he was pulled over for secondary inspection, where a drug dog sniffed out the pot in the glove compartment, according to the Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga.

    The officers recovered the marijuana products along with a piece of paper naming a marijuana dispensary in Hamilton, Ont.

    Dratch is now faces possession of a controlled substance, importation of a controlled substance, and smuggling goods into the United States. His charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

    A U.S. magistrate judge released him after he was made an initial appearance before him.
  • Matoaca High School Student charged after classmates eat ‘Pot Brownies’

    October 25, 2018

    A student of Matoaca High School has been charged with lacing a batch of brownies with marijuana and giving portions to seven of her schoolmates earlier this year.

    Notably, four of the seven students, who ranged in age from 14 -17, had experienced symptoms from the drug.

    According to Chesterfield Police, the14-year-old student was charged with possession of marijuana and adulteration of food after lab results showed the brownies contained tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

    "The lab was unable to tell us how much THC was in the brownies," a police spokesperson said.

    It appeared the charges have been diverted by the court, according to police. That usually means the charge would be dismissed if the student met certain conditions.

    Court uses diversion sometimes for first-time offenders which involve the juvenile being referred to counseling or attending an educational program with his or her parents offered through the court.

    Police were called to Matoaca High back in January 31 after the student arrived at the school's clinic.

    Out of seven, three students were picked up by their parents after experiencing symptoms of the drug and another student, 15, was taken to the hospital for a more severe reaction. That student had earlier gone to the school’s clinic with various symptoms after eating one of the brownies and, as a precaution, school officials called for an ambulance.