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Medical marijuana stores in San Diego targeted by feds

October 7, 2011 |  1:49 pm

 As part of a statewide crackdown by federal prosecutors on marijuana sellers, U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy in San Diego announced Friday that she has mailed hundreds of letters to marijuana shops warning of criminal and civil penalties unless they close.

Duffy gave the dispensaries 45 days to stop the sale and distribution of pot.

She also announced indictments of nine people in two cases.

One case, she said, came as part of an 18-month investigation, dubbed Operation Valley High, that included wiretaps and raids on marijuana storefronts in San Marcos in San Diego County and Wildomar in Riverside County.

Raids were also conducted on "grow sites" in Vista, Oceanside, Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Winchester and Menifee.

Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration seized 688 marijuana plants, 15 vehicles, a fishing boat and $22,700 in currency, Duffy said.

According to court documents, the Club One Collective in San Marcos and Extreme Holistic Care in Wildomar were selling high-grade marijuana under labels such as sky walker, black skunk, purple haze, and night train, and also pot-laced food such as candy, cookies, brownies, ice cream and barbecue sauce.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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