Using a court-appointed receiver, Riverside County closed an illegal marijuana dispensary outside the city of Perris on Monday, Sept. 25, bringing the number of dispensaries shut down in unincorporated areas to 57, according to a news release.
In addition to appointing a receiver, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia ordered the operator and property owner to spend five days in county jail for contempt of court.
A judgment in favor of an injunction to close Quality Patient Care Center and later operating under the name Alternative Access Association as a nuisance was filed May 9 and the defendants were ordered to cease operating a dispensary on the premises on Highway 74.
But the defendants, identified as Clinton Verdell Newman and Deshon L. Teel, continued to operate, according to a news release from county spokesman Ray Smith.
The county filed a motion for contempt of court July 10 and asked for the judge to appoint a receiver to enforce its order. The court granted the county’s request to have a receiver take control on Thursday, Sept. 21.
It was unclear when Newman and Teel would serve their jail time. Neither man was listed in jail booking logs Monday.
The county filed a civil lawsuit against the business in May 2015, according to court records.
The county continues to enforce county ordinances that prohibit all dispensaries in the unincorporated areas. To date, the county has obtained settlements and judgments totaling $5.7 million against illegal dispensaries, according to the news release.
In this case, the judge ordered the defendants to pay $34,000 to the county in attorneys’ fees and code-enforcement abatement costs.
Civil penalties also were ordered against the dispensary operator and the property owner. Three individuals, Newman, Teel and Candi Jonas; and Quality were held liable for $894,000, and Alternative