Chino Resident at Illegal Marijuana Site

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San Bernardino- On August 23, Chino resident, Derek Michael Katata was arrested while a search warrant was served by the Investigators from the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team by deputies from the Highland Police Station in the 25470 E. Baseline Street area.

Through investigation, the Enforcement Team found evidence of the location being used to sell, distribute, and produce marijuana and other goods. Katata was present at the location while the warrant was being served and investigators found; over 10 pounds of processed marijuana, Concentrated Cannabis (THC Wax and THC Oil), marijuana edibles, and a large amount of cash was also seized.

The City of Highland’s Code Enforcement Division was present and inspected the property to find several more violations. The tenants/owner(s) of the property may be issued a citation for the violations and ultimately fined if the violations are not corrected. However, they may also face civil and/or criminal charges that would filed at a later date.

According to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, “The investigation is ongoing. Investigators are in the process of identifying other suspects in this case and are in the process of contacting them. The illegal marijuana dispensary was discovered several weeks ago by investigators. A preliminary check into the business shows there were no licenses or permits issued by the city. Additionally, the evidence gathered during the investigation suggests the suspects in charge or working at the location were not I compliance with California medical marijuana laws and local ordinances. The City of Highland has an ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries, mobile marijuana dispensaries, delivery services, and cultivation of marijuana within the city limits.”

Once the investigation is done, all suspects who were involved will be charged with Sales of Marijuana. As well as the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office will be reviewing the case to possibly file any criminal charges against the suspects involved. As a result, Derek Katata had his bail set at $50,000 and was booked at the Central Detention Center for Sales of Marijuana and additional charges may be added at a later time.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation, you are urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909) 890-4840. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or also you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com