Investigating agencies also made six arrests and recovered cash and guns, some from people allegedly running illegal cannabis dispensaries around the county
Two investigations into alleged drug crimes led San Diego County law enforcement agencies to make a half dozen arrests and seize large amounts of drugs including 60,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills, San Diego police said.
The first investigation began when the San Diego Narcotics Task Force started looking into a case involving the reported trafficking of fentanyl, cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine. On Wednesday, detectives seized the large volume of fentanyl pills, 5,000 ecstasy pills, nine pounds of cocaine and five pounds of methamphetamine from a location in Mission Valley. Investigators also arrested two people on suspicion of drug trafficking.
Community complaints over reportedly illegal dispensaries operating near homes and schools led to the second investigation. On Tuesday and Wednesday, officers and deputies from the San Diego Police Department, the Chula Vista Police Department, the county Sheriff’s Department, and officials with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration served warrants at six locations across the region.
San Diego investigators served two warrants in connection with Canably, a cannabis store and delivery business in Midtown. The India Street location was reportedly selling and distributing cannabis products within 1,000 feet of a school and homes — an illegal practice in the city. One of the warrants was served at the store, and the other was served at the Clairemont home of the Canably owners. Police said the pair was operating a similar business from the residence their shared with three children.
Investigators who executed the warrants seized 300 pounds of loose cannabis, 5,400 edibles, 13,900 concentrates and cash. The Canably owners were arrested on suspicion of drug-related offenses and child endangerment.
Investigators also served two warrants in connection with Elevated, a smoke shop on Garnet Avenue, which was operating within 1,000 feet of Pacific Beach Middle School. One of the warrants was served at the business where officers seized a loaded “ghost gun,” 331 loose cannabis pre-rolls and 426 concentrates. Another warrant was served at the home of Elevated’s owner where police recovered more evidence and an unregistered handgun.
The Sheriff’s Department served a warrant at BestBudz smoke shop on Campo Road in Spring Valley and seized 500 pounds of cannabis products. And Chula Vista officers served a warrant on Caminito Francisco in the Otay Ranch community where two people were arrested.