BLOOMINGTON – An illegal marijuana dispensary in Bloomington was shut down on Thursday afternoon. Several complaints made by members of the community to officials led to a visit to the location by code enforcement officers and investigators. During a visit to the location, they discovered the unlicensed and illegal operation operated under the name of Grasshopper Healing Group.
The discovery led to a search warrant and at around 1:35 p.m. investigators from the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team served a search warrant at the location 17921 Valley Boulevard. Evidence of the illegal marijuana sales and related goods was occurring at the location.
Investigators located and seized processed marijuana, concentrated cannabis, marijuana edibles, a firearm, and cash. Two suspected owners were located at the dispensary and one, Zachary Taylor Powers, age 27, of Corona was arrested. The second suspected owner/operator may face the same charges and will be required to appear in court at a later date authorities said.
“Evidence gathered during the investigation suggests Powers and the second suspect were the owners of the illegal dispensary and were in charge of the operation,” San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said. “They were not in compliance with California medical marijuana laws and local ordinances. The County of San Bernardino has an ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity including medical marijuana dispensaries, mobile marijuana dispensaries, delivery services and outdoor cultivation of marijuana in the unincorporated areas of the county.”
Several violations were found at the unpermitted business during the investigation and San Bernardino County Land Use Services – Code Enforcement. The tenants and/or property owners may be issued a citation and fined if the violations are not corrected.
Both owners/operators may face additional charges of sales of marijuana. Authorities said that Powers also may face charges of delaying or obstructing a peace officer. The reports will be submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office for review and possible criminal charges. Powers was booked into the West Valley Detention Center and was cited and released on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at around 11:45 p.m.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs / Narcotics Division at (909)890-4840. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
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