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Sep 14, 2012 12:22 AM

Police detail medical pot bust: 5 shops raided, 10 arrested

TUCSON - Police have released the details of Wednesday's bust of five medical marijuana businesses in Southern Arizona that resulted in the seizure of about 14 pounds of marijuana, 25 pounds of marijuana candy, and the arrests of 10 people.

In August, the Counter Narcotics Alliance, a multi-jurisdictional drug task force, received information about marijuana sales from a business called "Shop 420," according to a news release from Tucson Police Department. The business advertised itself as a "Medical Marijuana Certification Center," offering medical marijuana I.D. cards, as well as education and consulting for the Medical Marijuana Act, and personal marijuana cultuivation.

The month-long investigation revealed the business was illegally growing and selling marijuana, and on Wednesday, September 12, the officers with CNA served search warrants at all five "Shop 420" locations: 5151 South 12th Avenue, 3408 East Grant Road, 8250 East Broadway Boulevard, 408 East 7th Street, and 1145 East Florence Boulevard in Casa Grande.

During the raids, law enforcement officials seized about 14 pounds of high-grade, hydroponically-grown marijuana between all locations, with an estimated street value of $50,000, the release stated. In addition, officers seized approximately 25 pounds of "marijuana candy," described as candy containing THC, the main psychoactive chemical compound present in marijuana.

Detectives also seized multiple fraudulent medical marijuana I.D. cards, as well as the equipment to make them, the release stated.

A total of 10 people were arrested during the operation. Each was charged with one count of Conspiracy to Unlawfully Possess Marijuana for Sale, one count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana for Sale, one count of Money Laundering and one count of Unlawful Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia, the news release stated. One arrestee was carrying a handgun, and was charged with one count of Prohibited Possessor.

While the Department of Health Services has recently selected several Tucson businesses to be licensed as marijuana dispensaries, at this time, no Tucson-area business has met the requirements to function as a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.

Pictured: Mugshots and names of the 10 people arrested.

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