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Dispensary Summit Presentation

Dispensary Summit Presentation

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California Police Chiefs’ Association presentation on medical marijuana dispensaries.
California Police Chiefs’ Association presentation on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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October 2007: Investigation started with the stop and arrest of
October 2007: Investigation started with the stop and arrest of
Marcel Garcia for possession of several pounds of Marijuana.
Marcel Garcia for possession of several pounds of Marijuana.

Follow

Follow--up led to the arrest of Alexio Garcia for felon in
up led to the arrest of Alexio Garcia for felon in

possession of a firearm.
possession of a firearm.

The Investigation eventually led to David Najera who was
The Investigation eventually led to David Najera who was
operating dispensary.
operating dispensary.

March 2008: Investigation resulted in the seizure of 125
March 2008: Investigation resulted in the seizure of 125
pounds of MJ, 2 pounds of hash, $171,000 in cash and 16
pounds of MJ, 2 pounds of hash, $171,000 in cash and 16
firearms. 6 arrests w/ 2 outstanding. Detectives said they also
firearms. 6 arrests w/ 2 outstanding. Detectives said they also
found a ³sophisticated indoor grow´ operation as part of the
found a ³sophisticated indoor grow´ operation as part of the
investigation.
investigation.

Evidence showed that the facility was operating outside the
Evidence showed that the facility was operating outside the
guidelines of Proposition 215, and case turned over to DEA
guidelines of Proposition 215, and case turned over to DEA

Berkeley Medical Herbs / Dragonfly Holistic
Berkeley Medical Herbs / Dragonfly Holistic

Solutions / Holistic Solutions
Solutions / Holistic Solutions

Ken Estes has been involved in the medical marijuana
Ken Estes has been involved in the medical marijuana
movement since 1992
movement since 1992

1998 Estes opens Berkeley Medical Herbs.
1998 Estes opens Berkeley Medical Herbs.

2001, after three armed robberies in 10 months and continued
2001, after three armed robberies in 10 months and continued
violations of even Berkeley¶s lax dispensary rules, Estes asked
violations of even Berkeley¶s lax dispensary rules, Estes asked
to leave by the City and other Dispensaries.
to leave by the City and other Dispensaries.

Estes and his brother Randy Moses open Dragonfly Holistic
Estes and his brother Randy Moses open Dragonfly Holistic
Solutions in Oakland.
Solutions in Oakland.

June 2004, Estes is ordered to close as part of Oakland¶s
June 2004, Estes is ordered to close as part of Oakland¶s
dispensary reduction. Estes vows to continue to operate in
dispensary reduction. Estes vows to continue to operate in
defiance of city rules until he is arrested. He eventually closed
defiance of city rules until he is arrested. He eventually closed
the dispensary.
the dispensary.

Berkeley Medical Herbs / Dragonfly Holistic
Berkeley Medical Herbs / Dragonfly Holistic

Solutions / Holistic Solutions
Solutions / Holistic Solutions

Estes then opens a dispensary in Richmond. In May of 2006 he
Estes then opens a dispensary in Richmond. In May of 2006 he
receives a ³cease and desist´ order from the City which he
receives a ³cease and desist´ order from the City which he
ignores.
ignores.

August of 2006, a traffic stop results in the seizure of 30 pounds
August of 2006, a traffic stop results in the seizure of 30 pounds
of marijuana destined for the Richmond dispensary. Estes
of marijuana destined for the Richmond dispensary. Estes
responds that ³the city is harassing him to destroy his business.´
responds that ³the city is harassing him to destroy his business.´

It is reported, Estes owns or shares ownership in at least five
It is reported, Estes owns or shares ownership in at least five
similarly
similarly--named cannabis clubs in Richmond, San Francisco,
named cannabis clubs in Richmond, San Francisco,
Clear Lake, South Lake Tahoe and San Mateo, all of which have
Clear Lake, South Lake Tahoe and San Mateo, all of which have
come under law enforcement and media scrutiny
come under law enforcement and media scrutiny

Since January, Estes dispensaries as well as the homes of his
Since January, Estes dispensaries as well as the homes of his
managers and grow sites in Oakland, San Leandro and Humboldt
managers and grow sites in Oakland, San Leandro and Humboldt
County have been the focus of an on
County have been the focus of an on--going investigation.
going investigation.

Estes was also on the periphery of a ³Honey Oil´ prosecution in
Estes was also on the periphery of a ³Honey Oil´ prosecution in
Contra Costa County.
Contra Costa County.

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