KCSO bust two marijuana dispensaries, seven arrested


The Kern County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit and California Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens executed search warrants on two marijuana dispensaries on Wednesday.

The agencies seized marijuana plants, edibles, concentrates and cash at Emerald City Remedies, 7500 Downing Ave., and Mary Jane Express, 1545 Olive Drive, according to a news release from KCSO.

Both locations were selling marijuana without permits and outside of the county ordinance.

Neil Riley, 28, Eric Silva, 33, Brentney Anderson, 33, Tanya Pace, 28, Christopher Lawhon, 33, and Harold Stowers, 44, were arrested, cited and released for misdemeanor violation of marijuana sales and a misdemeanor county ordinance.

Justin Scott, 33, was arrested and booked on felony charges of allegedly maintaining a business for the purpose of marijuana sales, conspiracy and other charges.

Along with 73 pounds of processed marijuana with a street value of $73,000, 1,035 packages of edibles worth $125,755, and other products, deputies and wardens found a functional commercial-grade Butane Honey Oil lab.

According to KCSO, BHO labs are highly explosive and dangerous to the operators of the equipment and the public.