The following article was posted on May 8th, 2019, in the Santa Maria Sun – Volume 20, Issue 10 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] – Volume 20, Issue 10
Dispensary owner faces charges in Los Alamos cannabis probe By PETER JOHNSON
One of 805 Beach Breaks’ owners is facing criminal charges in Santa Barbara County as part of an investigation into a cannabis farm in Los Alamos that was raided by law enforcement in March.
Brian Touey is one of three growers being charged in connection to the site at 9676 Harvest Road, which housed hundreds of thousands of unlicensed plants, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities also seized plants and more than $32,000 in property assets from a facility in Nipomo on Hutton Road that was “used as an instrument to facilitate … the sale of a controlled substance,” according to court records.
The raids are part of an ongoing probe by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office’s Cannabis Compliance Team into the Los Alamos operation, which the agency called the largest that it had ever investigated.
“This case involves the issue of fraudulent licensing and the black-market diversion of cannabis,” Santa Barbara Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover said over email. “Our investigation from Los Alamos led us to the dispensary to search for evidence and documentation.”
Hoover said that while deputies found cannabis from the Los Alamos grow for sale at 805 Beach Breaks, the shop is not the main focus of the investigation.
“[The product] appeared to be labeled to meet the state standards for retail sale,” Hoover said.
Touey, one of the dispensary’s owners, faces one felony charge for perjury—related to falsifying documents to Santa Barbara County—and two misdemeanors for the unlawful cultivation and sale of cannabis. He pleaded not