Nature's Medicinal Cooperative raided a second time

July 15, 2007

Brynn Galindo, KGET NBC TV Bakersfield

An Oildale medical marijuana dispensary was raided Monday by federal agents for the second time in three months.

Officials said the business brought in $9 million in nine months.

DEA agents said they targeted the dispensary because the owners were not in business to help sickened people, but instead were there to make a profit.

Nature’s Medicinal Cooperative owner David Chavez and four store employees were arrested Monday. Worker Jennifer Brown was arrested seconds into an interview.

“Taking the owners out will have an impact,” said DEA Agent Gordon Taylor. “Three strikes and you’re out.”

Federal agents along with local police and Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at the dispensary for the second time since May, confiscating marijuana ready for sale, plants, and cash.

“The business purchased 15 pounds of marijuana in five months,” Taylor said. “We also determined they sold $9.6 million in pot in nine months. The nature of this enterprise was to make money—plain and simple.”

The search warrant said undercover agents made six recent purchases at the Roberts Lane dispensary.

Community members who believe in medical marijuana’s healing were outraged.

Medical marijuana is against federal law, but not state law.

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