Yucaipa business suite a front for illegal marijuana sales

A business suite in Yucaipa was transformed into
“a sophisticated and extremely covert” operation where three men were
illegally selling dozens of different kinds of marijuana, authorities
said.

The suite, tucked into a commercial building in the 35000 block of
Avenue A, was raided Wednesday by the sheriff’s Marijuana Eradication
Team.

A menu hung on the wall offering several kinds of pot. Large labeled
glass jars lined the shelves. Multiple surveillance cameras hung
inside, allowing the operator to view the inside of the business in
real time via the Internet.

A convicted felon was acting as a security guard. Another man was hired
to work behind the cash register. It is unknown how the men were
generating customers. About 20 pounds of pot was seized from the suite, and more was taken from two homes linked to the operation.

“It appears that they were operating in a similar fashion to a medical
marijuana dispensary,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Beavers.
“However, there is a ban on dispensaries in the county and in the city
of Yucaipa.”

Detectives say Anthony Moore, 35, was living in one of the two houses,
one of which had 28 marijuana plants growing inside. A “large quantity”
of processed marijuana was found inside Moore’s house.

Surveillance footage shows Moore carrying large bags inside the
building. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for
sale.
Nick Hoyt, 25, of San Bernardino conducted daily sales and monitored
the cash, detectives said. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale.

Montigo Irvin, 35, of Ontario allegedly provided security for the
business, keeping close watch on the surveillance cameras and greeting
customers at the front door while carrying a handgun.

Irvin, a convicted felon, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in
possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana for sale.

All three men were booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho
Cucamonga. The District Attorney’s Office is expected to review charges
against the trio on Monday.

Originally posted by Staff Writer Stacia Glenn.

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