Oakland company raided for allegedly selling pot-laced foods

September 26, 2007

Leslie Griffy, Mercury News (CA)

Federal drug agents busted an Oakland company that allegedly distributed pot-laced treats to medical marijuana clubs across the state, officials said today.

Tainted Inc. made candy bars, energy drinks, barbecue sauce, peanut butter and brownies laced with marijuana for sale at establishments as far away as Amsterdam, according to a release from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

DEA agents Wednesday searched Tainted's Oakland manufacturing plant, seizing 460 marijuana plants, officials said. Calls made to Tainted weren't returned today.

Tainted's owner Michael Martin, 33, of El Sobrante, is considered a federal fugitive in the case. Manager Jessica Sanders, 30, of San Leandro faces 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Michael Anderson, 42, and Diallo McLinn, 35, both of Oakland, face the same punishment for their alleged roles as couriers for the company.

The DEA began it's investigation into Tainted two years ago when they received a tip about the company, according to the release.

Prosecutors alleged that company started small - cooking marijuana leaves into butter used for chocolate truffles - but expanded into other products over time. Agents believe that during their two-year investigation the company ordered four tons of chocolates for production of illicit goods.



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