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Police accuse head of anti-drug program of selling drugs at Starbucks

June 12, 2009 |  4:16 pm

Redondo Beach police have arrested the founder of a Marina del Rey drug and alcohol abuse prevention group on narcotics charges.

Kendall Craig Farris was arrested Thursday at 3:40 p.m. at a Starbucks in El Segundo after narcotics officers set up the drug buy over the phone. Farris, who arrived by taxi, was given an envelope containing $480 by an undercover officer in exchange for methamphetamine and ecstasy tablets, according to police.

The drugs turned out to be fake. He was arraigned Friday on charges of selling a substance he alleged was  drugs.

Farris, according to his website, is the founder of the Over the Wall Foundation and a recovering alcoholic and addict.

His mission, he says, is "to help youth, schools and families prevent drug and alcohol abuse before it starts, and intervene in any drug abuse which may already have begun."

--Jeff Gottlieb