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Murrieta dad with alleged indoor cannabis lab arraigned


Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Issue 18, Volume 18.
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MURRIETA - A Murrieta man accused of maintaining an indoor marijuana grow near where his children slept pleaded not guilty today to drug- related charges.

David Alan Dortch, 48, was arrested last November following an investigation that began in April 2013.

Dortch, who is charged with operating an illegal drug lab, appeared before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Elaine Johnson, who scheduled a May 29 felony settlement conference.

Dortch remains free on $30,000 bail.

According to police, officers allegedly stumbled onto the illegal pot grow and DMT chemical manufacturing facility on April 20, 2013, after serving a search warrant at Dortch's residence in the 20000 block of Matador Way.

Investigators obtained the warrant as part of a vandalism investigation involving the defendant's 12-year-old son, who was arrested for allegedly causing more than $15,000 worth of graffiti damage throughout the city, according to Sgt. Don Weller.

After officers discovered the alleged cannabis cultivation operation, they seized the contraband and turned it over to the California Department of Justice for forensic analysis, he said.

The sergeant alleged the defendant was conducting illicit activity in the presence of his children.

Dortch was located and arrested without incident seven months later.


 

3 comments

Comment Profile ImagePatient of Dr Dortch
Comment #1 | Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm
Dr Dortch has been my eye doctor for years. He is a super nice guy. I can't believe he has been holding out on me.
Comment Profile ImageFBI
Comment #2 | Friday, May 2, 2014 at 4:35 am
The cops did a 6 months investigation on graffiti and stumbled on some plants . wow that's some real hard core police work . Now the plants were close to kids , o my god. It's so great to see are tax payers money at work. I bet they track a jay walker 3 weeks before they go in with swat to make the big bust.
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #3 | Friday, May 2, 2014 at 11:40 am
@#1, Super nice guy? WTH?? Yep, this shows the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Son defaces/destroys others property, obviously doesn't care about it, probably got that attitude from his dad. Way to go, dad! Your lawless careless neglectful parenting resulted in yet another juvenile delinquent spoiled rotten adolescent F-up roaming the streets. Thanks for foisting that turd on us, doc. Glad that Karma came back to bite you. Hope you are sued and made to pay for all the damage your loser kid caused. As for the juvenile adolescent delinquent child, grow up and go look for a job. You'll need the money while dad is in prison. Commenter #2, stop smoking the weed before you decide to weigh in and make the most absurd, ignorant remarks ever posted online.

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