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New cannabis regulation task force serves search warrants and three illegal dispensaries


Last updated 9/14/2018 at 1:09pm

RIVERSIDE – The DA’s countywide Cannabis Regulation Task Force (CRTF) continues to proactively investigate dispensaries believed to be operating illegally — one in Hemet.

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, CRTF served search warrants simultaneously at three dispensaries alleged to be operating illegally. The locations were: 291 N. Yale St., Hemet; 5298 Mission Blvd., Jurupa Valley; and 5024 Etiwanda Ave., Jurupa Valley.

All three locations are operating under the name of The Vault Church. The Hemet location is a property in a residential neighborhood.

Large amounts of marijuana and cash were seized by the task force. Task force members also found a significant indoor marijuana grow at the Etiwanda location. Specific amounts of what was seized were not available.

“We will pursue investigations into unlicensed and illegal dispensaries,” said DA’s Bureau of Investigation Chief Joe DelGiudice. “These places operate outside of state laws and use unfair business practices that hurt legal dispensaries. They often supply untested and potentially harmful product to consumers, and promote criminal enterprise.”

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is among the first allied agency CRTF partners which also includes the Hemet Police Department, all working together to clamp down on unlicensed dispensaries throughout Riverside County.

“We recognize the necessity of proactive efforts to address unlawful activities related to marijuana,” said Sheriff Stan Sniff.

“Participating in efforts that leverage our limited resources and act as force multipliers to address community concerns is important and we are pleased to be a part of this Task Force.”

The purpose of the CRTF is to protect properly licensed legal cannabis businesses and enforce regulatory requirements which protect the environment and consumers.

The aim of the task force is not to shut down legally operating facilities, but rather to ensure fair business practices and keep criminal activity out of the legal cannabis industry and out of our communities.


Reader Comments

tomsuttle writes:

'Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice' (in Wonderland)... But the same could be said in today's world, where children (in another state) were legally cited for operating a lemonade stand without a business permit; and police raid pot/drug-related 'enterprises' locally, for essentially the same infraction/crime: Failure to have a business license. I just hope they don't lock up all these perps in the same cage.


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