Medical Marijuana Raids in San Diego

December 11, 2005

, Fox-6 XETV (San Diego)

Federal investigators raided 13 local medical marijuana dispensaries Monday, seizing cannabis and collecting evidence of alleged illegal sales of the drug to recreational users, authorities reported. The enforcement operation, which took place in the city of San Diego and in the North County, was part of a probe that began about six months ago and remains ongoing, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Along with quantities of marijuana, agents confiscated hashish and apparent hallucinogenic mushrooms, DEA spokesman Misha Piastro said.

"These search warrants were (executed) to gather evidence and seize contraband," he said.

During the investigation, undercover operatives lacking required documentation, including doctors' prescriptions, repeatedly bought cannabis "without any difficulty at all," according to Piastro.

"And that's not dispensing to the sick and dying," he said. "That's selling drugs for profit."

During this morning's sweep, agents took several people into custody on outstanding warrants.

They also arrested a man who showed up to a dispensary with a concealed gun and several pounds of marijuana he hoped to sell to the operators, Piastro added.

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