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No Court For Temecula Man With Pot Dispensary

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

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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