A Blackhawk area resident was arrested during a Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement search Wednesday afternoon, according to the state Department of Justice. Keila Santos-Gonzalez, 28, was taken into custody and charged with conspiracy, possession and sale of marijuana as part of an ongoing investigation of a marijuana dispensary in Newark.
Helicopters hovered over the home on the 100 block of Victoria Place, which was searched in conjunction with an investigation of the Happy Wellness Center in Newark -- an illegal marijuana dispensary. The sale of medical marijuana is illegal in Newark and much of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
"Named items in the search warrant refer back to the case, an investigation of sales, packing, transportation, possession and illegal distribution of marijuana and other such illegal drugs," Milner said.
Santos-Gonzalez managed Happy Wellness Center while the home's three other occupants, who own the center, remain missing. One owner fled and another is a convicted felon, said Michelle Gregory, press information officer for the Department of Justice.
"These people are involved in criminal activity, not in it for patients or operating as medical collective or dispensary," she said. "We received information from the US Attorney that the activity they were engaged in was unlawful. ... The investigation is based on that and other complaints that they're purely in it for the profit."
The search, which began around 3 p.m., is the culmination of several months worth of investigation that also led to the closure of Newark's NBD Clinic. In addition to large amounts of money, the search uncovered several firearms registered to the Victoria Place residents.
Investigators will now go through financial records to determine how much money the group has made, Gregory said. The state will then move forward with the prosecution.
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