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Three Including Apple Valley Man Arrested During Drug Raid

SAN BERNARDINO-(VVNG.com):  Three, including an Apple Valley man were arrested following after a Wednesday morning visit from the  Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team and County Code Enforcement.

At 9:00 A.M., a search warrant was served to the Re-Up Marijuana Dispensary located in the unincorporated area of San Bernardino and at a residence in Fontana.

San Bernardino County has an ordinance prohibiting marijuana dispensaries and in violation of that ordinance the dispensary continued to operate despite cease and desist notifications.

The May 13th search warrant was a result of detectives learning that the dispensary owner and operator, 26-year-old Tony Serhal was selling and distributing marijuana to customers in violation of the county’s ordinance.

Through the investigation, detectives determined that Serhal and his employee, Luis Javier Mendoza, 23, of Apple Valley were conducting the illegal sales and distribution with no regard for the laws applying to medical marijuana. Robert Lobato, 42, of San Bernardino was employed as a security guard at the dispensary where large amount of processed marijuana and cash were recovered. Cash and processed marijuana was also found in Serhal’s Fontana home.

During the investigation it was also determined that Serhal was not following business practices that would be consistent with the California Attorney General’s Medical Marijuana Guidelines and State Laws pertaining to medical marijuana.Concentrated cannabis and edibles were also seized from the locations.

Serhal, Mendoza and Lobato were arrested and cite-released at the scene. Upon completion of the investigation, it will be turned over to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for filing of criminal charges.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gang / Narcotics Division at (909) 890-4840. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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