The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department launched an investigation months ago into the operations at Mentone Patients Association, 1944 Mentone Blvd.
Deputies served five warrants at the collective, two homes – one in Yucaipa and another in San Dimas – and a warehouse in Santa Fe Springs.
Deputies arrested Shannon Troncoso, 38, Luis Albert Hernandez, 40, Jason Craig Ramsey, 40, Gail Marie Shea, 38, Mayra Agueda Godoy, 25, and Tod Lee McDonald, 43.
Sheriff Rod Hoops called the collective’s operation a “flagrant abuse of the medical marijuana laws.”
Investigators seized about 10 pounds of marijuana, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.
Investigators also found handguns, rifles and shotguns, and about $15,000 in cash.
Investigators launched a probe after they identified that the collective was violating Proposition 215, a California law passed in 1996 that governs the use and sale of medical marijuana. Collectives under Proposition 215, are required to provide medical marijuana to members and take donations, Bachman said.
“They were operating a business and were selling marijuana for profit, and that’s illegal,” Bachman said.
The collective also failed to report income and pay proper taxes to the State Board of Equalization, according to a news release.
Troncoso was arrested at the collective and was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, unlawful marijuana distribution and possession of marijuana.
Shea, Troncoso’s girlfriend, was arrested at the couple’s San Dimas home on the same charges.
Godoy, a salesperson at the collective, was arrested on the same charges.
Hernandez, worked as a security guard at the collective, was arrested at his Yucaipa home on the same charges. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants for driving under the influence, failure to appear, driving with a suspended license and a handful of minor traffic violations, Bachman said.
Ramsey, also a security guard, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of a firearm, Bachman said. He also received a street gang enhancement for allegedly being a member of the Diablos motorcycle gang.
Deputies did not find clear evidence that McDonald was involved with the collective, Bachman said. He was at Hernandez’s home when deputies served the warrant. McDonald was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. His bail is set at $25,000.
Bail for the five other suspects was set at $500,000 each.
Shea was booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. The other four suspects were booked at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.
Source:Redlands News Facts