Twelve arrested in alleged pot candy operation

March 16, 2006

, Associated Press

Federal drug agents arrested 12 people Thursday in connection with a marijuana candy operation, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Agents seized four indoor marijuana growing operations, between 4,000 and 5,000 marijuana plants, $100,000 in cash, three weapons and hundreds of marijuana-laced candy and soft drinks, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The raids were conducted at four warehouses in Emeryville and Oakland, as well as a Lafayette home, Justice Department spokeswoman Casey McEnry said.

The investigation began last October when the DEA received a tip that a Lafayette man was running Beyond Bomb, a marijuana candy manufacturer in Oakland. The candy and soft drinks mimic real sweets with names like Stoney Ranchers, Rasta Reece's, Buddafingers and Pot Tarts.

The group, whose names have not yet been released, were being held Thursday on charges of marijuana cultivation and distribution, McEnry said. Their initial court appearances were scheduled for Friday in San Francisco, she said.

The case was investigated by federal agents along with police in Richmond, Oakland, Lafayette and two county narcotics enforcement teams.



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