California’s new marijuana control agency announced Monday that it helped shut down an unlicensed pot business in Southern California.
It was the first time that the Bureau of Cannabis Control has taken part in a criminal case, spokesman Alex Traverso said.
A complaint received by the bureau led police in the Southern California city of Costa Mesa on Friday to serve a search warrant on an unlicensed pot shop called Church of Peace and Glory, the bureau said in a statement. The state Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation-Cannabis Enforcement Unit helped serve the warrant, the statement said.
Police seized marijuana edibles and tobacco products. The business owner, Omid Delkash, was arrested and has been charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawfully transporting, selling and furnishing cannabis, the bureau statement said.
Delkash remained jailed Monday. It was unclear if he has a lawyer.
Broad legal sales of marijuana in California kicked off on Jan. 1. All commercial pot businesses must have a state license, but illicit sales continue to flourish despite crackdowns.
Los Angeles alone has charged more than 140 people with illicit sales.
Local governments are permitted to outlaw commercial cannabis activity. Many have banned it, limiting the number of places adults can buy pot legally.
Businesses say hefty tax rates in some areas also drive business underground and allow unlicensed dealers to undercut legal shops.