SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two days before the "weed holiday," narcotics detectives from the San Diego Police Department raided an illegal marijuana dispensary in the Midway District for the second time in the past three months, seizing drugs and cash and arresting two employees, authorities said Friday.
During Wednesday's raid of the Cannabis Sanctuary at 3434 Midway Drive, the police department's narcotics unit seized 1 1/2 pounds of high-grade marijuana, concentrates and edibles and $1,300 in cash, Lt. Matt Novak said. Narcotics officers also served a search warrant at the location on Feb. 1, when it was known as the Sacred Source Sanctuary.
February's raid yielded seven pounds of marijuana, $1,200 in cash and a .45-caliber handgun, Novak said. Five employees were arrested that day and cited for possession of marijuana for sale and operating a business without a permit.
"After the first search warrant, the dispensary changed names and continued to operate in defiance of local and state laws," the lieutenant said.
The owners of Cannabis Sanctuary were not at the business Wednesday "but will also be charged," Novak said. The two employees were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and operating a business without a permit.
Despite recreational marijuana becoming legal at the start of this year, police and the San Diego City Attorney's Office continue to crack down on dispensaries that operate illegally without the proper licenses and permits from the state.
"All owners and employees found operating these illegal businesses will be arrested and prosecuted," Novak warned. "Reopening of any of these illegal businesses will result in additional enforcement, seizures, arrests, charges and penalties."
The California Highway Patrol reported an increase in arrests for suspected drunk driving in San Diego County as its Memorial Day holiday enforcement period continued Sunday. CHP officers arrested 57 people for drunken driving violations in the county from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday, an officer said.
Firefighters were able to put out a brush fire in Lemon Grove Sunday evening, but several homes and part of the trolley infrastructure in the area were damaged in the blaze.
It's a sight no one with small children or pets wants to see: a group of bobcats strolling through a residential neighborhood. Bobcats were recently spotted in a 4S Ranch neighborhood and Sunday morning one resident captured video of them.
Two men accused of breaking into North County businesses were behind bars Sunday - and the businesses hit over the weekend might not be the first places they broke into. The two allegedly broke into a pizza place and a Thai restaurant in Rancho Bernardo, but were caught nearby.
A hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning left two passengers injured and the driver was at large, according to the San Diego Police Department. An unidentified female driver in her 50s was driving with a 39-year-old male passenger in the front and a 79-year-old male passenger who was asleep and unrestrained in the back seat.
An airline flight out of San Diego was diverted to Phoenix due to reports of an unknown odor in the cabin Sunday.
A 33-year-old woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday in the Oak Park community of San Diego.
A suspect remains at large after an argument led to a man being slashed with a knife in Lakeside on Saturday night, deputies said.
A 30-year-old man in the North Park community of San Diego suffered non-life threatening injuries Sunday when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist who abandoned his vehicle, police said.
Cooler than normal temperatures continued through the weekend. Warmer and sunnier conditions are expected Monday and Tuesday away from the coast.