Colton police were on the scene while the Drug Enforcement Administration raided a G3 Holistic medical marijuana collective Tuesday in Colton. (LaFonzo Carter Staff Photographer)
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Created: 11/01/2011 07:36:14 PM PDT
Federal agents on Tuesday raided an Upland location and five others associated with Aaron Sandusky, whom they believe are illegally selling marijuana to the general public.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, aided by sheriff’s deputies and police, searched the six locations connected with Sandusky and John Nuckolls, the president and chief financial officer, respectively, of medical marijuana dispensaries in Upland, Colton and Moreno Valley.
As a result of Tuesday’s raid, Christopher Kenner, a client of G3, said he will organize a boycott of Upland in coordination with the collective’s 8,000 patients.
Kenner, who said he had used G3’s Upland site since it started in November 2009, said the boycott would start after this weekend.
“If 8,000 people don’t spend money in the downtown area, I want (Upland mayor) Ray Musser to know why,” Kenner said.
Sandusky, who said he will reopen today at his locations, has run the area collectives openly, saying California allows the use of marijuana when recommended by a doctor, though still illegal under federal law. .
However, that’s not all that was going on at G3, Special Agent Patrick Kelly said in a 27-page search warrant affidavit.
“Based on my investigation, I believe that the G3 stores operate to make a profit and attempt to disguise the breadth of their criminal activity by claiming that they cater exclusively to persons suffering from medical illnesses, when in fact persons without any medical condition can purchase marijuana at these retail establishments,” he said in the affidavit.
Undercover deputies with no health conditions but fake recommendations were able to buy marijuana from all three collectives, according to the affidavit.
Sandusky said Tuesday that he checked the license and background of all recommending doctors but could not verify the health of every one of his patients — more than 9,000 in Colton and about 8,000 in Upland.
“How do you see cancer? My dad died from a brain tumor and he couldn’t see it until he died. It’s the doctor’s job to find those things,” he said.
The warrant was issued to find evidence of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute it, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and maintaining drug-involved premises, authorities said.
In addition to the three dispensaries, agents searched an Ontario warehouse believed to be used to grow marijuana. They also searched the Rancho Cucamonga home of Sandusky and the Rialto home of Nuckolls.
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