2 years' probation for pot grower
December 06, 2004
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco ChronicleA Santa Clara woman was sentenced to two years' probation Monday 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.
Celeste Angello, 28, of Santa Clara, pleaded guilty Sept. 1 to a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. Heleno Dearaujo, 32, of Concord, was scheduled to enter a guilty plea last month on a misdemeanor charge of maintaining a place for manufacturing marijuana, but the proceeding was closed to the public.
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.