A traffic stop turned into something much larger in Murrieta earlier this week.
Murrieta Police said they pulled a "large moving truck" over
at the intersection of Menifee Road and Poinsettia Street around 8:30
p.m. on Sept. 1. A canine unit detected narcotics, and officers searched
the truck and found fertilizer, soil, marijuana plants, marijuana seeds
and processed marijuana.
The traffic stop led police to search a home in the 33900 block of Petunia
Street in Murrieta. There, the found a growing operation and seized over
300 marijuana plants, hydroponic growing equipment, processed bagged marijuana
and devices apparently used for the weighing, processing and selling of
Two San Diego men, 19 and 24, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy
to commit a felony and cultivation of marijuana.
As we've observed before, marijuana lives in something of a gray space
in criminal law. Certain uses are legal in certain states (including California),
but it remains illegal at the federal level. Such a confusing patchwork
of applicable laws can leave people who thought they were abiding by the
law in the lurch.
As criminal defense attorneys, we often help clients after they have been
marijuana-related offenses. From our office near the Southwest Justice Center, we assist clients
from Lake Elsinore, Perris, Banning, Wildomar, Menifee, Hemet, Corona,
Murrieta, Temecula and other Riverside County communities.
If you are in trouble with the law and think you need to speak to a criminal
defense attorney, please feel free to
contact us. We can help.