Deputies carry out marijuan
Deputies carry out marijuana from one of the raided Dispensaries. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Authorities shut down three illegal dispensaries in Casa de Oro and Spring Valley, boarding up the businesses and seizing their stock.

Deputies and county code-compliance officers served abatement notices and search warrants shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday.

The dispensaries were located in the 9900 block of Dolores Street, the 1000 block of Elkelton Boulevard and the 500 block of Paraiso Avenue.

The enforcement actions “were the direct result of numerous complaints from concerned citizens,” sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Cook said.

During the raids, authorities seized over 140 pounds of marijuana, edible products containing the drug, paraphernalia, cash and business equipment. They arrested one employee on suspicion of illegally possessing and selling cannabis.

The code-enforcement personnel secured the sites by boarding up all entries to the businesses, Cook said.

In March 2017, the Board of Supervisors banned marijuana businesses in all unincorporated areas in San Diego County. The county granted two existing medicinal-cannabis dispensaries, one near El Cajon and another in Ramona, waivers allowing them to operate for five more years before closing.

“The county anticipates continued compliance as we enforce the securing of structures without a permitted use,” Cook said.

– City News Service

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