News Update!!: Needles, CA: More information regarding the raids on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: More information regarding the raids on medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

ZachNews has more information regarding the medical marijuana dispensary raids on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 and Friday, January 31st, 2014 in Needles, California.

 

 

Late Monday, ZachNews contacted the City of Needles in Needles, California asking about the 10 percent tax on medical marijuana sales, what is the money from the 10 percent tax on medical marijuana sales being used for, and if any City of Needles Officials are involved in any of the medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

ZachNews received 2 emails, late Monday and early Tuesday, from the Needles City Manager Rick Daniels addressing those questions.

 

 

– Regarding the 10 percent tax on medical marijuana sales:

 

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels responded in the email, “Needles voters approved a measure that allows for a 10% tax on Medical Marijuana sales. Revenue derived by the City varies according to sales, but generates approximately $5000/month.”

 

– Regarding what is the money from the 10 percent tax on medical marijuana sales being used for:

 

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels responded in the email, “The Medical Marijuana revenue is part of the City’s General Fund which funds Fire, Police, Roads, Parks and Recreation and other services of a general nature.”

 

– Regarding if any City of Needles Officials are involved in any of the medical marijuana dispensaries:

 

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels responded in the email, “There is no known involvement in any of the Medical Marijuana operations by any City Official.”

 

 

In April 2013, Needles Council Member Linda Kidd informed both the public and members of the Needles City Council during the Needles City Council Meeting that the City of Needles has received money from 2 medical marijuana dispensaries from the new sale tax on the sale of medical marijuana within the City of Needles passed by voters in November 2012.

 

The amount the City of Needles is receiving from the new sale tax wasn’t given out during that Needles City Council Meeting, but sources tell ZachNews that it’s in the thousands of dollars.

 

Now, there are more then 2 medical marijuana dispensaries in Needles, California and according to the City of Needles, there is at least 5 medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

Sources tell ZachNews that 2 more medical marijuana dispensaries were planning to coming into Needles, California including along West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.

 

 

Late Sunday, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department released a press release regarding the raids on medical marijuana dispensaries on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 and Friday, January 31st, 2014 in Needles, California.

 

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station Deputies, and the Mojave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Teams (M.A.G.N.E.T.) in Bullhead City, Arizona and Lake Havasu City, Ariozna conducted a multi-agency investigation over the past several weeks.

 

Various involved subjects, marijuana dispensaries and private homes were identified, resulting in the service of 13 search warrants.

 

In 1996 California voters passed the Compassionate Use Act which allows for the personal use of marijuana for certain medical illnesses.

 

Investigators determined during their investigation that Arizona residents were purchasing marijuana from California dispensaries.

 

The customers were providing the owner/operator of the dispensary with a California Identification Card with a California address when they in fact, live in Arizona. In addition to selling marijuana to Arizona residents, investigators determined many of the dispensary owners and operators are also full-time residents of Arizona.

 

California medical marijuana laws specifically pertain to California residents only. The individuals identified through this investigation are circumventing California law by making false claims of residency. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department frequently investigates marijuana dispensaries that are not in compliance with state laws.

 

On Thursday, January 30th, 2014 and Friday, January 31st, 2014, the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division Marijuana Team conducted an investigation related to the illegal sales of marijuana at multiple dispensaries and residences in the City of Needles.

 

On Thursday, January 30th, 2014, Detectives prepared and served a total of eight search warrants at three dispensaries and four residences in Needles, and one residence in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Detectives seized 95 lbs. of processed marijuana, over 2,500 grams of Butane Honey Oil Wax (BHO Wax), edible marijuana products, U.S. currency and several firearms.

 

On Friday, January 31st, 2014, five search warrants were served at dispensaries and residences in Needles, Ca. and Bullhead, Arizona. Detectives seized 350 lbs. of processed marijuana and a large quantity of edible marijuana products.

 

Reports will be forwarded to the District Attorney for review of filing criminal charges. A suspect is currently being sought for the illegal possession of the firearms seized.

 

 

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information should contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division at: 1 (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

 

 

ZachNews brought you first continuing coverage of the Medical marijuana dispensary raids happening around Needles, California on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 and Friday, January 31st, 2014 as authorities raided 5 medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

All 5 medical marijuana dispensaries in Needles, California have been raided and closed in 2 days.

 

 

** On Thursday, January 30th, 2014: **

 

– At around 12:00pm PT: a medical marijuana dispensary located at Third Street and F Street just across the street from the City of Needles Administration Building in Downtown Needles, California.

 

 

– At around 2:20pm PT: a second medical marijuana dispensary located at the intersection of Third Street and H Street in Downtown Needles, California was raided.

 

During this raid, employees from the medical marijuana dispensary were seen leaving the buildings without handcuffs and after authorities talked with them.

 

An employee from the medical marijuana dispensary was asked if he was arrested, but said “No”, but that authorities wanted to search his home. That employee was not seen in handcuff.

 

** Videos from ZachNews on YouTube: **

 

Downtown Needles, CA: Second medical marijuana dispensary raided.

 

http://youtu.be/FYCaV1JM2yE

 

– Downtown Needles, CA: Second medical marijuana dispensary raided. Part 2.

 

http://youtu.be/FiTJHYALCvI

 

 

– At around 5:00pm PT: a third medical marijuana dispensary located at the intersection of Needles Highway and K Street in Needles, California was raided.

 

During this raid, employees from the medical marijuana dispensary were seen leaving the buildings without handcuffs and after authorities talked with them.

 

Also during this raid, a person coming into the medical marijuana dispensary were surprised that authorities were there and after being check and talked to, the person was release.

 

** Videos from ZachNews on YouTube: **

 

– Needles, CA: Third medical marijuana dispensary raided.

 

http://youtu.be/_Z1CT70vIt8

 

 

** On Friday, January 31st, 2014: **

 

– At around 12:00pm PT: a fourth medical marijuana dispensary located at the intersection of J Street and Third Street near Interstate 40 in Downtown Needles, California was raided.

 

During this raid, authorities worked on getting into something, a safe or Automated Teller Machine (A.T.M.), inside a medical marijuana dispensary located at the intersection of J Street and Third Street in Downtown Needles, California.

 

Authorities then contacted the San Bernardino County Fire Department to help authorities in getting into something, a safe or Automated Teller Machine (A.T.M.), inside a medical marijuana dispensary.

 

San Bernardino County Fire Department Firefighters were seen carrying an ax, metal pipe or crowbar, and a large object; possibly the Jaws of Life, was brought into the building.

 

A loud banging noise; like a hammer hitting a hard metal object or pipe, was heard coming from inside the building and people across the street watching what was happening heard the loud banging noise outside.

 

During this raid, employees from the medical marijuana dispensary were seen leaving the buildings without handcuffs and after authorities talked with them.

 

Also during this raid, at least 2 people coming into the medical marijuana dispensary were surprised that authorities were there and after being check and talked to, the 2 people were release.

 

** Videos from ZachNews on YouTube: **

 

– Downtown Needles, CA: Fourth medical marijuana dispensary raided.

 

http://youtu.be/wXxLz_ziLjA

 

– Downtown Needles, CA: Fourth medical marijuana dispensary raided. Part 3.

 

http://youtu.be/M_2k0KuTFpU

 

– Downtown Needles, CA: Fourth medical marijuana dispensary raided. Part 4.

 

http://youtu.be/EuH3yMuQYzE

 

– Downtown Needles, CA: Fourth medical marijuana dispensary raided. Part 5.

 

http://youtu.be/VmJWVKrvZXs

 

 

– At around 3:30pm PT: a fifth medical marijuana dispensary located at the intersection of P Street and Needles Highway in Needles, California was raided.

 

During this raid, no employees from the medical marijuana dispensary were seen leaving the buildings.

 

Also during this raid, a person coming into the medical marijuana dispensary were surprised that authorities were there and after being check, talked to, and the person’s truck being checked by authorities, the person was release and drove away.

 

** Videos from ZachNews on YouTube: **

 

– Needles, CA: Fifth medical marijuana dispensary raided.

 

http://youtu.be/FLP2deUNN5I

 

 

**** More videos will be added soon. ****

 

 

Authorities, in dark green vests with the word, “Sheriff” and in plain clothes, entered into the medical marijuana dispensary and removed stuff, some in boxes, from all 5 medical marijuana dispensaries in Needles, California.

 

Employees at some of the medical marijuana dispensaries in Needles, California are checking what was taken or damaged during the raids.

 

 

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

 

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