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* Bay Area Pot Clubs Harborside Health Center,the Berkeley Patients Group,Divinity Tree Served Search Warrants Connected To Alleged Trafficking

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Marin County narcotics investigators served search warrants at three medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the East Bay and San Francisco Tuesday as part of an investigation of an alleged marijuana trafficking operation.The Marin County Major Crimes Task Force investigators were trying to determine if any of the six Petaluma residents who were arrested last month for alleged marijuana trafficking sold marijuana to the dispensaries, attorney William Panzer said..The warrants were served at the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, the Berkeley Patients Group and at the Divinity Tree in San Francisco, Panzer said Panzer, who represents medicinal marijuana patients and the Berkeley and San Francisco dispensaries, said this morning none of the three facilities keep records on who buys or provides medicinal marijuana and the task force investigators did not enter any of the three buildings. Because it has not yet been determined who, if anyone, will prosecute the six Petaluma residents, the investigators could not serve subpoenas on the dispensaries and search warrants were served instead, Panzer said.The six Petaluma residents were booked into the Marin County jail after their arrests on Aug. 28 but were released when the Marin County District Attorney’s Office did not file charges. The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office then requested information about the case because five of the arrests and most of the alleged offenses occurred in that county.Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua said earlier this month his office has not filed charges and is trying to determine whether the marijuana seized during the arrests was for medicinal use.Sgt. Fred Marziano of the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force confirmed this morning that warrants were served Tuesday at three medicinal marijuana dispensaries.”We’re trying to make sure we have all the information and are providing a complete package to the counties’ or federal prosecutors’ offices,” Marziano said. That information includes providing possible exculpatory evidence that the marijuana is intended for medicinal use, Marziano said. He too said it has not been determined whether charges will be filed.The investigation into the suspected marijuana and hashish trafficking operation began when one of the suspects, Avery Badenhop, 46, a tattoo artist, stuntman and skydiver, was arrested Aug. 28 after a traffic stop on Interstate Highway 580 in Marin County. The California Highway Patrol said it found 20 one-pound bags of marijuana,445 grams of concentrated cannabis and a calendar book with pay and owe sheets inside Badenhop’s Nissan Altima.Badenhop’s wife, 46-year-old wife Jerri Bionda Badenhop, and four men were arrested later that day at residences and at Badenhop’s office in Petaluma.The others who were arrested are Radek Stastny, 38; Jeremy Jesse Kaltenbach, 39; Marc Elliot Herrnberger, 52; and Harry Parker, 45. All six are out of custody.The Marin County Major Crimes Task Force said it found 32 pounds of processed marijuana, 420 marijuana plants, handguns, hashish and hashish oil and $750,000 cash in the Petaluma residences and at the office. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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