When San Diego police began investigating the medical marijuana dispensary Market Greens, officers found more than just marijuana for sale: specifically, rock cocaine.
The dispensary has since been shut down on allegations of operating illegally in the Mount Hope neighborhood, authorities say. And two employees are now facing criminal charges — one of possession of cocaine for sale and another of being a felon in possession of a gun, authorities announced Tuesday.
At a news conference Tuesday, authorities said the investigation highlights the shadowy business of medical marijuana dispensaries operating without the city’s permission and the potential for criminals to cash in.
“These illegal dispensaries are risky, they can be dangerous and they are attractive to criminals,” said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.
After shutting down a National City dispensary, city attorney officials heard that patients were being referred to Market Greens, and opened an investigation.
Undercover officers were sent in to make an undercover buy and paid $45 for concentrated marijuana wax. Officers also participated in a separate cocaine transaction at the business, officials said.
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