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Kevin Freeman, 38, of Temecula and director of the now-closed Disabled American Veteran's Collective, was taken into custody Jan. 18.

A pot dispensary run by a Temecula man was shut down last week, before federal agents swarmed a number of storefronts in the same industrial park, confiscating more than 2,500 plants in less than one week.

Kevin Freeman, 38, of Temecula, director of the Disabled American Veteran's Collective, was taken into custody Jan. 18, when his shop at 38372 Innovation Court was shut down and 1,827 plants were seized from suites 102-107.

Freeman's residence in the 33200 block of Kabian Court in Temecula was also raided by federal agents, with assistance by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

He was booked into the county jail on suspicion of possession, sale or transfer of marijuana and manufacturing a controlled substance of more than 10 pounds or 20 gallons.

He was released from the county jail Jan. 20, on no bail, and no state court date has been set, sheriff's inmate records indicate.

Another man,  Dennis Earl Zuniga, 32, was arrested and booked into the county jail on suspicion of possession, sale or transfer of marijuana. 

He was released on $20,000 bail and ordered back to court March 14.

Before the Jan. 18 raid, an undercover Riverside County sheriff's investigator, who had obtained a medical marijuana card, visited DAVC in December and twice bought pot, according to court records.

On Monday and Tuesday, agents served warrants at various suites at the same complex, seizing hundreds more plants, authorities said.

Agents in all cases had warrants to search for and confiscate controlled substances, electronic devices, records and cash, according to documents provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The warrant did not tie the other two operations to DAVC, but did state that the security cameras and PVC pipe used in the DAVC facility were the same as those in the second row of suites searched.

Agents said they became alerted to the third row when they saw lights shining through the roll-up doors late at night as they searched the adjacent suites. They also stated they heard sounds made by fans used to cool plants under heat lamps, court records show.

Electricity use was also a factor in determining the location of the operations. DEA agents requested and were granted access to electricity bills, which indicated expenditures of as much as $1,200 for the month of December, according to court records.

Bills for the suites raided Tuesday were filed under the name of Jonathan Cringan, according to the warrant, who was among four arrested in connection with Monday's raid at the complex, court records indicate.

Cringan was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of cultivating marijuana and possession, sale or transfer of marijuana.

He remained behind bars in lieu of $50,000, pending a court appearance today at the Southwest Justice Center in French Valley.

Related Topics: DAVC, DEA, Disabled Veteran's Collective, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Raids, Innovation Court, Kevin Freeman, and Marijuana Grow

Katinka Clementsmith January 26, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I understand a war on drugs when so much of the drug money goes back to the highly dangerous Mexican Cartel. This however is home grown marijuana used to help those who are sick, and all rational arguments go out the window. If it were made legal for americans to grow and sell marijuana to help the ill then very little money from marijuana would have any reason to get to the cartel at all. Growing enough for personal use only, only works if everyone who is ill is healthy enough, and is in a situation where they are able to grow their own.
SPB January 26, 2012 at 04:46 PM
We both know common sense doesn't apply to the federal government.
Brenda January 26, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Yuuuup, yuuuup, true Kat and SPB. There wont be any charges filed I hope, or carried out to an actual prosecution. The one search is so....... seeing the same kind of pvp piping and security camera's, is bogus, as Amazing said. With them not be actually charged yet, and released with no future court dates shows what we all know and that Murrieta got mad, got the Feds, they all got mad, no one is going to get one over the cops, they got madder, went in there and busted up everything the man owned, including medicines that take a awhile to grow. Medicines patients need NOW. This is nothing but a City showing a childish "we are bigger, we will smash you" attitude. Its the most ridiculous thing that this man and his co workers have had to go through the last month. Until the Feds, State, Cities get themselves all on the same place they need to stop doing these raids unless something IS AGAINST The LAW, thats it. Let a officer sit outside and check Medical cards, run backgrounds all day, and eventually Murrieta is going to be broke from all the harrassment law suits. I would bet a good chunk that there would not be a 12 man jury who would agree to prosecute anyone Co-oping, using the marijuana properly,
Andy January 26, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Government raiding these state-legal, taxpaying places that serve the sick & dying when there's plenty of crack and heroin houses to bust... and massive, violent Meixcan drug cartels? These government actions are schizophrenic at best.
Andy January 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
In federal court, they block any presentation or evidence that you were using marijuana for medical purposes. To the feds, dispensary marijuana is the same thing as Mexican marijuana under federal law. Yeah, it's pretty crazy... but that's how they end up convicting dispensary owners. The jurors probably wouldn't have a single clue he ever owned a collective before. How do they block any medical testimony or medical defenses? They say marijuana is a schedule I drug (which is worse than cocaine and meth under federal law) and it has 0 medical value. They label meth as a schedule II drug and claim it has some medical value and market it for "extreme ADHD, obesity, and narcolepsy" under the prescription name Desoxyn. I guess the overall message I get from the law is meth is safer than marijuana.
SPB January 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Its the county of Riverside, not the city of Murrieta. Give Jeff Stone a call and tell him what you think about it. (951) 955-1030
Andy January 26, 2012 at 09:17 PM
SPB is right... It is the county because they were located in the unincorporated area. Yep, Jeff Stone has been a huge face in the newspapers in attacking medical marijuana. I'm assuming he wrote prop 215 and knows what's best for everybody (sarcasm).
Clark Kent January 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I remember that Cheech and Chung movie "Nice Dreams Ice Creams," and most of the comments are like those made by Pee Wee Herman at that nut house where Cheech couldn't scratch himself when he went there to get his money back from Chung who cashed Pee Wee's bad check?
Clark Kent January 26, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I mean my God! It's not just some hippies making a few bucks off a couple of joints like back in the 60's? I remember in the movie "Apocalypes Now," when Charlie Sheen stopped at that fire base to get gas for the River Boat and had to wait until the quarter master sergeant was finished selling :is Panama Red? I bet if Noriega would of stuck to the Red instead of slamming Coke and waiving machetes at US, because all those crack heads from LA stiffed him he wouldn't be where he is now begging for some one to scratch him?
Clark Kent January 26, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Here we have guys attacking guys like Jeff Stone as the bad guy. While they like officer Stadanko cry about the bust, or the guy who peed on his shoes? At least Jerry Brown realized that the State of California couldn't afford to pay everyone's free pot and medical at the same time? Just to many Cuckoo's in the "Cuckoo's Nest,"wanting their smokes and hookers while doctors and nurses like nurse Rachette had to wipe their butt's and pay for the toilet paper to? Then you got the kids at the schools fussing and fighting tearing down our flag and arisng another countries over it and then staeling our state flag like they did in LA awhile back and then move out here to do the same thing? Just like when Ontario had that tent camping park for it's homeless and all those other bums got in over flowing the porta potties just like they did in Sacramento and Woodstock when everyone just wanted to have a free concert Foofarah and no one wanted to clean up the mess. So remember Star Bucks " Your coffee tastes better if you don't draw the water down stream from the latrines?" Or is that you secret for those expensive Latte's ?
Clark Kent January 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I think Jeff Stone would rather read my column here on the Dog Patch. Than have to listen to my lips flap on the phone telling him what I think after he had to move his office out of my town when the Dems won in 2008? Are know they made their headquarters right at the same location St.Vincent De Paul Society was going to make theirs but had to loose the lease for Immigration and Divorce, because marrying a pot smoking old American veteran and then getting a divorce as well as his PX privileges leaving him homeless at those medical marijuana centers like DAVC to them bum grandma and pappa for beer and cigarette as well as hooker money is rude? Just plain RUDE! That's why they closed the VA satellite center in Sun City off of Bradley, because their little senior haven and family stores were getting less and less service as others where making it great?
Clark Kent January 27, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Take me for instance? Please anyone take me as I'm so lonely since Sweetie took my car and just drives her bunch around whith my gas money while I at least got my Schwinn? I'm so lonely. I love you long time five dollars ? You be number one! I'll be number two horse manure ?
SPB January 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM
So after 4 posts you're essentially saying you like drinking in the afternoon. right?
Clark Kent January 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Hey Kevin Freeman! You any relation to the Freeman's of LB? If so I understand you were trying to do a noble thing and to many used your kind heart for their own selfish wonder lusts and expenses? Like it would be just a matter of time before your placed got robbed from an inside job just like the rash of bank robberies these apst years by ex vets and employee's just like in Loma Linda when they stole the old TV's and the old VHS tapes you could watch at the ER waiting room while you waited to get a tetnus shot for stepping on an old dirty manure fork when you had to go out in the dark when some other family had your pot ?
Clark Kent January 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM
2,500 pot plants? I remember a grandma that got two years for two plants she thought were Tomato her grand son gave her to grow for him? I remember her saying " Marijuana I thought I had a skunk ?" This Bud's for you grandma !
Clark Kent January 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Yep Jeff Stone, " Scourge of Prop 215 and the Terror of the 74 ?" Sounds like to many Dr. Feelgoods playing Mr.Murphy in " One Swine Flu Over The Cuckoo's Nest," wouldn't you say nurse Ratchette? " Nurse Ratchette - Nurse Rathette what about my Marijuana Cigarettes nurse Ratchette !" Now Mr. Murphy you know it isn't right to take everyone's medical Marijuana cigarettes gambling in the bathroom when your supposed to take a shower when your naked and not bend everyone over the pickle barrel so you can stay out of prison holding Sancho's pocket just so you can call the shots here and make everyone hold yours?
Clark Kent January 27, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Don't fly over the Cuckoo's Nest with anyone else butt me! Anyone else butt me? That's what Richard Conte used to say in the WWII movie " Walk in the Sun ?" " BUTT ME a HORSES PATOOTIE," not a TUTTY FRUITY ? Ah California land of Fruits and NUTS ?
Clark Kent January 27, 2012 at 12:45 AM
You know if it was not for Temecula's Devil Dog Patch News allowing this mild manner news man to stop the presses for the editor Perry White on this Daily Planet we live on since other news paper internet agencies have black balled my posts like Huffington Post for them? I might not of been able to change into my superman leotards like I used to do with the old General Telephone booths? As now how can a super hero like me change my clothes with a cell phone with out getting arrested for indecent exposure ? Hoo- Rah !
RoLo Torrex January 28, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Large grow ops like this are dangerous to our communities. It's hypocritical to say that crossing the border or j-walking is not ok but breaking federal laws is. It should be legal but it is not yet, therefore, they are illegal. People shouldn't get off the hook because they don't agree with the law. Are we a nation that wants some of our laws enforced and others not? The money these law breakers are making can fuel larger criminal and political operations in the US like global crime syndicates or crooked politicians, congressmen and senators. Hasn't anyone watched Boardwalk Empire?
Mike January 28, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Prop 215 and SB 420 are current laws, falsely obtaining a medical recommendation fraudulently signing up to join a collective, and then destroying a person life by accusing him of running a chemical manufacturing aka meth lab for having a collective gear towards helping veterans, that should be against the law. Think of how much man power and tax dollars went into this raid. The guy taxes contributed to the same salaries as the individuals that arrested him. That's kind of ironic if you ask me. Jeff Stone submitted an ordinance to regulated medicinal marijuana prior to the last election, and abruptly changed his mind after he was elected. I can't believe not one of our elected officials have any testicle fortitude and stood up for any of the taxpaying Californians. Occupy our government with We the people that are going to be actually for the people. Get out and vote 2012!
Mike January 28, 2012 at 01:27 AM
No danger evident, this location was one of the best ran clinics that I visited, and strategically located down the street fro Supervisor Stones office; safety was not an issue, Someone actually tried to break into this clinic after successfully breaking into others and was detained by Freeman and held to authorities arrived. stop watching tv. Innocent people lives are being ruined by the selfish acts of our government on taxpaying citizens. So if the grows were actually built to code and code enforcement had visited the facility prior and cited for no violations and there was adequate security, what dangers did it present to our community. A danger to our community will be our returning war veterans that will soon be forgotten and left to deal with their issues on their own.
Mike January 28, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Who's running against Supervisor Stone?
SPB January 28, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Crossing the border and jaywalking have nothing to do with sick patients getting a legal medicine, voted on and approved by the state's voters. The federal crackdown on medical marijuana has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with lobbying. Alcohol distributors and pharma companies pay a pretty penny to keep the Federal government working on behalf of their business interests, it has nothing to do with crime I promise you. And if anything boardwalk empire should give you a little understanding as to why the war on marijuana is a bad thing, let alone involving Cancer, aids and MS patients.
TVOR January 28, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I agree that all levels of government need to be on the same sheet when it comes to drug laws. Our drug laws need to get a serious review with multidisciplined input so that we can have laws that make sense from all perspectives. Good luck getting our lame ass politicians to take that on though.
Cris April 02, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I think we need to support this dispenceries in tenecula and help them get justice becuse to me this sounds more more like threats to the shops owners. Just today I heard in the news that another shop was raided for the 3rd time in one month
Jeff Walters April 27, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Remember, 2/3 majority vote is all that it takes to make changes. If we the people vote in certain laws then we the people should be able to live by those laws. Lets take this one step further. Lets vote into law that no elected offical in the state gets paid unless their performance is judged by the people! Also, make them pay for thier own gas because none of them do. Hit them where it hurts and that is their wallets. Take money from them until they do what they people want. Pure and simple logic.
Jeff Walters April 27, 2012 at 04:45 AM
When people do nothing but talk, then nothing gets done. What we all need to do is to draft new laws, get the 2/3 votes required, change what is happening. If we deny the elected officals thier pay based on bad performance, then we have them controlled, as it should be. Elected officlas are nothing but lip service to make themselves richer, period!

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