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Anaheim man arrested after Placentia fire linked to marijuana honey oil operation

PLACENTIA — A 41-year-old Anaheim man was booked Wednesday on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance stemming from a blaze at a marijuana honey oil operation in Placentia, police said. David Hoffman was found in front of a business that caught fire in the 700 block of Dunn Way about 8:40 a.m., police said. Police […]

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Redwood City could soon allow up to six storefront cannabis dispensaries

REDWOOD CITY — Cannabis connoisseurs who have long fretted over the veritable dispensary desert on the Peninsula could soon find an oasis in Redwood City. Redwood City residents are being asked to weigh in on allowing up to six cannabis retailers to open up in certain parts of the city during a Plan Commission meeting […]

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Illegal marijuana farms are risky for workers who don’t make much, California sheriff says

Workers on large, illegal marijuana farms in Riverside County such as the one in Aguanga where seven people were slain early Labor Day often live in plywood shacks as they tend the leaves that bring someone else millions of dollars – a lifestyle that could cost them their lives, Sheriff Chad Bianco said. There have […]

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With 7 dead, large-scale California marijuana operation is tied to organized crime

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and MICHAEL R. BLOOD | The Associated Press AGUANGA  — An illegal marijuana growing operation where seven people were fatally shot in a small, rural Southern California town had the markings of organized crime, authorities said Tuesday. More than 20 people lived on the property, which had several makeshift dwellings, a nursery […]

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7 deaths tied to illegal grow operation shake rural Riverside County community

Aguanga in Riverside County was reeling Tuesday, Sept. 8, following the shooting deaths of seven people at what authorities said was one of many illegal marijuana growing operations in the rural area where residents say they seem to thrive despite numerous raids by sheriff’s deputies. The seven victims, none yet identified, were found in a […]

7 fatally shot at illegal marijuana grow in Southern California

Seven people were shot to death early Monday, Sept. 7, at a home in the unincorporated Riverside County community of Aguanga, authorities reported. The victims were found in a residence in the 45000 block of Highway 371 in what was reportedly a house being used to grow illegal marijuana, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported. […]

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7 fatally shot at illegal marijuana grow in Riverside County

Seven people were shot to death early Monday, Sept. 7, at a home in the unincorporated Riverside County community of Aguanga, authorities reported. The victims were found in a residence in the 45000 block of Highway 371 in what was reportedly a house being used to grow illegal marijuana, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported. […]

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California man arrested in alleged marijuana-by-mail ring that led to shooting death of beloved South Carolina postal worker

Kingstree, South Carolina — In a shocking announcement this week, federal authorities linked a Santa Rosa man to a plot to traffic marijuana across the country that allegedly ended with the premeditated killing of a popular postal worker, allegedly by two South Carolina residents. Ricky Jesus Barajas, 28, of Santa Rosa, was arrested near his […]

Man who robbed Bay Area cannabis delivery truck gets 42 months; Judge criticizes prosecutors but acknowledges ‘brazen’ crime

SAN FRANCISCO — A Bay Area man who admitted to participating in the 2018 robbery of a cannabis delivery truck was sentenced to three years and six months in federal prison Tuesday, by a judge who acknowledged “all of the good work” the defendant has done to better himself since his arrest. Lamar Johnson, 31, […]

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Court says Bay Area auto thief should not be banned from using marijuana

A state appeals court has ruled that a convicted auto thief in San Rafael should not have been barred from marijuana use as a condition of his probation. The vehicle was reported stolen in March 2019. Brayan Alexander Cruz Cruz, 21, was arrested five days later after police found him in the vehicle. Cruz Cruz […]

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