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Raid at Watsonville warehouse results in pot charges

Posted on in Criminal Defense

Law enforcement claims that the Watsonville marijuana bust is one of the largest pot busts in years. Law enforcement reportedly seized dozens of bags of marijuana and $67,000 in cash at the warehouse. On Nov. 16, a 30-year-old man that law enforcement claims lived at the warehouse was taken into custody, along with a 25-year-old Santa Cruz man.

Law enforcement says the marijuana found inside the warehouse amounted to more than 130 pounds, with an estimated street value of more than $1 million. The two men have been arraigned on felony charges of possession of marijuana for sales, cultivation of marijuana and sales of marijuana. A separate arraignment was set up for the 30-year-old Watsonville man on other offenses, including driving with a suspended license.

The Santa Cruz man reportedly bailed out of custody, while the Watsonville man reportedly continues to be held on $105,000 bail.

Law enforcement suggests further arrests may be made in the future in relation to the marijuana bust. Although law enforcement does not suggest any information that would indicate who may be suspected as being linked to the allegations, it is safe to assume authorities will cast a wide net in an attempt to identify and prosecute anyone involved in this alleged drug operation.

It is vitally important for anyone who believes they might become the target of any drug crime investigation to seek legal counsel immediately.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel, "Further arraignment pending for man arrested in Watsonville marijuana bust," Jessica M. Pasko, Nov. 23, 2011

Santa Cruz Sentinel, "Sheriff's deputies seize more than 130 pounds of marijuana in Watsonville following anonymous tip," Jessica M. Pasko, Nov. 19, 2011

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