In August of 2012, the Counter Narcotics Alliance received information of marijuana sales from a business called “Shop 420”. The business advertised as a “Medical Marijuana Certification Center”, offering education and consulting in regards to the Medical Marijuana Act. The business had five locations: four in Tucson and one location in Casa Grande. The month-long investigation revealed that the business was illegally growing and selling marijuana. On September 12, 2012, the Counter Narcotics Alliance, with assistance from the Tucson Police Community Response Teams, served search warrants at the following “Shop 420” locations:
• 5151 South 12th A venue
• 3408 East Grant Road
• 8250 East Broadway Boulevard
• 408 East 7th Street
• 1145 East Florence Boulevard in Casa Grande
During the service of the search warrants, approximately 14 pounds of high grade, hydroponic marijuana was seized between all five locations, with an estimated street value of $50,000. In addition, approximately 25 pounds of marijuana candy was located between the five locations. These items were described as candy containing THC content advertised for sale. Detectives also located multiple fraudulent medical marijuana cards, as well as the equipment to produce them.
A total of 10 arrests were made in regards to this investigation. Each were charged with one count of Conspiracy to Unlawfully Possess Marijuana for Sale, one count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana for Sale, one count of Money Laundering and one count of Unlawful Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia. One of the arrestees was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest. He was charged with one count of Prohibited Possessor. Their names, age and booking photographs are included below.
The Counter Narcotics Alliance is a collaborative investigative group made up of personnel from the Tucson Police Department, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Marana Police
The Oro Valley Police Department participated in the operation.
The Tucson Police Department, as a part of the Counter Narcotics Alliance, is aware that the Department of Health Services has recently selected a number of businesses in the Tucson area to be licensed as a marijuana dispensary. State statute prohibits the Department of Health Services from revealing the identity of any business that has been issued a license. However, in order for a business to be fully licensed, additional statutory requirements must also be met. As of today, no Tucson area business has met all of the requirements to legally function as a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.