Five people were arrested after police said a wellness facility was actually operating as an illegal medical marijuana dispensary in Peoria.
Police detectives served a search warrant Dec. 31 at the owner's home and Pure Essentials business in the 7000 block of Deer Valley Road.
The business was leased as a weight loss and wellness facility but was found to be illegally selling marijuana, police said.
According to officers, the business would sign up members who have medical marijuana cards and allow them to buy marijuana through a set donation price.
This business is not approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services as a medical marijuana dispensary and its employees are not licensed by ADHS as dispensary agents, police said.
Detectives arrested the business owners, 39-year-old Joshua Hernandez and 28-year-old Kristina Tangolics, along with three employees of the business. They were identified as 22-year-old Robert Tangolics, 33-year-old Angela Maness and 22-year-old Andrew Knight.
They were booked into jail on charges of conspiracy to distribute and the sale of marijuana.
Later this week, a licensed medical marijuana dispensary will be opening in the city of Peoria, police said. It will be the only facility in the city currently authorized by the ADHS as a dispensary.
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Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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