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Tuesday January 28, 2014

California Medical Pot Dispensary Owner Arrested for Selling Meth

Clearly Adam Vega of California was not satisfied with the revenue model of running a legal pot dispensary.  Vega, 30, was arrested by federal authorities on charges he illegally trafficked meth and marijuana along with three other co-conspirators.

Vega, along with Baltazar Castaneda Garcia, Jesus Manuel Ruiz and Robert Anthony Canchola, were charged in a seven-count indictment for manufacturing and distributing pot and meth.  The group was arrested late Friday. 

Vega is the owner of the California Best Cooperative a medical marijuana dispensary located in Bakersfield.  Chavez, meanwhile, was operating a marijuana growing operation at the time of his arrest.  It is not known what role the legal dispensary had in the illegal drug trafficking operation of its owner. 

Weedmaps give California Best Cooperative a four-and-a-half star rating while most of the customer commentary is full of praise.  Apparently they have been operating since 2010 as a licensed dispensary. 

The case is being investigated by the DEA, Immigration and Customs and Homeland Security.  It is not known if the defendants had any connection to any Mexican drug cartels.  The investigation started when six pounds of meth was founded concealed in Ruiz’ car.  He was returning from a trafficking trip from Southern California. 

Vega, if convicted is facing a mandatory 10-years-to-life prison sentence.

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