A Costa Mesa man has been arrested following a two-month police investigation
involving the sale of "pot brownies," brownies laced with
marijuana, to underage students across Orange County.
The 33-year-old man was arrested after Costa Mesa police searched his vehicle,
storage room and motel room. According to investigators, the search revealed
50 pounds of marijuana, brownie and cake mix, business cards, scales and other
Law enforcement first became involved last April when students reported
feeling nauseous and ill after eating brownies that another student had
shared with them. The incidents occurred at Pomona Elementary and Tewinkle
Intermediate and one student at each school were arrested in connection
with the reports.
The current investigation began in mid-January of this year, when similar
reports occurred at Newport Harbor High. Police discovered the students
had purchased marijuana-laced brownies and Pop Tarts from an adult male
who went by the name of "Clever," who was handing out business
cards with a contact number and encouraging other students to spread the word.
The police identified the man and obtained a search warrant for his vehicle,
storage facility and motel room, whereupon they reported discovering marijuana
and supplies that indicated involvement in creating and selling marijuana-laced
baked goods. The man faces a number of
possession for sale of marijuana, sales of a controlled substance to a minor, child
endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is being
held at the Orange County jail with bail set at $500,000.
Drug charges can range in severity, depending on the type of alleged act.
The man in the case discussed above has found himself in an extremely
serious situation. Not only is he facing charges for "possession
for sale," which is more serious than possession for personal use,
but he is also accused of selling marijuana to minors. Drug charges involving
minors carry harsher consequences than those involving adults, and the
alleged sale of drugs on or near school property also escalates potential
It is important to remember, that as a suspect or arrestee, you have the
right to legal counsel. You also have the right to remain silent. You
do not have to submit to questioning and may find it in your best interests
to exercise these rights. After an arrest for an alleged drug offense,
anything you say or do can be used against you. Request an attorney and
remain silent to protect yourself from saying or doing anything that could
be misconstrued as a confession of guilt.
Early involvement of a skilled criminal defense attorney is crucial in
the face of drug charges. Whether your case involves simple possession
or more serious possession for sale charges, your entire future may be
at stake. You may face fines, jail time and a permanent criminal record.
Any conviction now could influence future charges and penalties. At the
Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, we understand just how important an
immediate and aggressive defense is when facing drug-related allegations.
We focus exclusively on criminal defense and have done so for nearly two
decades. Call today for a confidential consultation.