Misdemeanor plea entered in pot case
November 15, 2004
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco ChronicleA suspect has pleaded guilty for her role in the cultivation of 4,000 marijuana plants found in a West Oakland warehouse that supporters say was a legitimate grower of medical cannabis, court records show.
Celeste Angello, 28, of Santa Clara entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Oakland on Sept. 1 to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana, records show.
A second suspect, Heleno Dearaujo, 32, of Concord was scheduled to enter a guilty plea Monday in a similar misdemeanor case, but the proceeding was closed to the public, and attorneys in the case declined to comment.
Three other suspects -- Jacek Mroz, 27, of Oakland, Jesse Nieblas, 32, of Alameda, and Mario Pacetti, 33, of Alameda -- were indicted in July by a federal grand jury in Oakland.
They have pleaded not guilty to felony charges of manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, aiding and abetting, and using a place for manufacturing marijuana.
California Highway Patrol officers discovered the plants June 30 in a warehouse at 2638 Market St. Medicinal marijuana advocates criticized the CHP for calling in federal agents -- instead of Oakland police -- and said the plants were being grown for a medical cannabis dispensary with a permit from the city of Oakland.