Bakersfield Marijuana Store Employee Sentenced
FRESNO, Calif. — United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced Gustavo Angel Salinas, 26, of Bakersfield, today to 21 months in prison for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today.
Salinas was sentenced following his guilty plea last August. According to court documents and proceedings, Salinas worked as a “budtender” at ANP Collective in East Bakersfield. Co-defendant Raymond Arthur Gentile, 53, is the owner of the marijuana storefront. The store came to the attention of Bakersfield police officers after complaints and a report of false imprisonment and assault of a customer who had been accused of stealing a gram of marijuana. In responding to the report, the officers found, among other things, a Glock firearm and evidence of an indoor marijuana cultivation operation. DEA agents responded with a search warrant and during the search found an indoor marijuana cultivation operation and seized 170 marijuana plants, 25 pounds of processed marijuana, a 12 gauge shotgun, and $68,173 in cash. The cash has been forfeited as proceeds of drug trafficking.
The case against Gentile is still pending. He is next scheduled to appear in federal court on March 9, 2015. The charges are only allegations; he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Karen A. Escobar is prosecuting this case.