6 busted in Tucson pot raid face felony charges

2012-09-25T12:03:00Z 2012-09-25T13:24:35Z 6 busted in Tucson pot raid face felony chargesKim Smith, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Six people arrested two weeks ago when law enforcement officers raided five medical marijuana education centers have been indicted on the felony charges of illegally conducting an enterprise and conspiracy to commit sale of marijuana.

Primo Borgo Camou, Erik Ricardo Salazar, Robert Ricante Tapia, Francisco Javier Valenzuela, Jorge Valenzuela Jr. and Renee Valenzuela will be arraigned Oct. 2 in Pima County Superior Court.

The six defendants along with others “known and unknown” conspired to sell more than two pounds of marijuana and engaged in racketeering on Aug. 21, according to an indictment returned late Monday .

Camou is also charged with sale of marijuana and Francisco Valenzuela is also charged with offering to sell marijuana. Jorge Valenzuela  is accused of being a prohibited weapons possessor.

On Sept. 12, the multi-agency drug task force known as the Counter Narcotics Alliance conducted raids on four Shop 420 locations in Tucson and one in Casa Grande. Agents seized 14 pounds of high-grade hydroponically grown pot and 25 pounds of marijuana-medicated hard candy, valued at $50,000.

The Tucson shops were at:

• 408 E. Seventh St., near Tucson High Magnet School.

• 5151 S. 12th Ave., between West Irvington and West Drexel.

• 8250 E. Broadway, near South Sarnoff Drive.

• 3408 E. Grant Road, between North Dodge Boulevard and North Country Club Road.

Articles of incorporation submitted to the Arizona Corporation Commission in December 2010, for Shop420.org LLC state it provides “consulting and education solutions.” Salazar was listed as the statutory agent — or representative for the company.

Contact reporter Kim Smith at 573-4241 or kimsmith@azstarnet.com

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