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Deputies shutdown illegal marijuana dispensary in North County

Rainbow illegal pot dispensary
Rainbow illegal pot dispensary
Rainbow illegal pot dispensary
Rainbow illegal pot dispensary
Posted at 6:00 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 21:00:29-05

RAINBOW, Calif. (KGTV) -- Drugs, guns, and cash was seized after San Diego County Sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail served a search warrant Friday on an illegal marijuana dispensary in the North County.

The warrant was served about 7 a.m. on the 3100 block of Rainbow Valley Boulevard in Rainbow, according to sheriff's officials.

Authorities found about 117 pounds of marijuana, 195 pounds of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and vape products, 333 pounds of THC-infused edibles, 256 THC-infused drinks, three guns, one ballistic vest, and $24,155 in cash.

The warrant is part of an investigation by the Sheriff's Marijuana Enforcement Team and the Fallbrook Sheriff's Substation Crime Suppression Team in connection with two shooting incidents at the illegal dispensary that happened in January and October of last year.

Three employees were booked at the Vista Detention Facility on drug-related charges. They were identified as 27-year-old Marquest Jackson, 30-year-old Abdulwahab Ahmed, and 28-year-old Demetrius Charlot.

The county's Code Compliance Team visited the site to ensure a complete shutdown of the facility. The team determined the structure was not permitted and posed a hazard to anyone who entered the building. The danger was so extreme; County Code Compliance asked Southern California Edison to cut off power to the entire property. County Code Compliance is also looking into condemning the building.

The County Board of Supervisors recently allocated $500,000 to help with enforcement of unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated San Diego County.