San Jacinto City Council charged with operating an illegal cannabis dispensary dis

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A Riverside County grand jury has indicted a San Jacinto city councilor and another man with running an illegal cannabis dispensary.

The indictment, unsealed on Friday, charged councilors Joel Lopez, 35, and Edward Padilla Jr., 32, each of conspiracy to possess cannabis for sale, a charge of maintaining a location in San Jacinto for the purpose of illicitly selling cannabis for operating without a seller authorization and a charge for failure to file tax returns.

Lopez was arrested on June 10 and released the same day after posting bail, Riverside County prosecutors said. He is due to be indicted in October.

Padilla was arrested Tuesday in Santa Ana and is being held on bail for $ 100,000. He is due to be charged on June 22nd.

Lopez and San Jacinto’s Mayor Alonso Ledezma did not respond to a request for comment. It was not immediately clear who was representing Padilla.

The indictment alleges that both men hired people to work for an unlicensed marijuana dispensary called “Santa Fe Co-op,” “Santa Fe Collective,” or “Santa Fe,” and delivered cannabis products to them Have sold to the public.

Lopez and Padilla will be indicted in acts between April 2019 and February 2020.