A Bakersfield marijuana storefront owner and employee were indicted on Thursday.
51-year-old Raymond Arthur Gentile, the owner of a marijuana storefront in Bakersfield named ANP Collective, and his employee, Gustavo Angel Salinas, 24, were indicted for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws.
The indictment charges Gentile and Salinas with three drug offenses: conspiring to cultivate, to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, cultivating marijuana, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute marijuana.
Gentile is also charged with two counts of falsifying firearm transaction records in order to acquire two Glock handguns.
According to court documents, Bakersfield Police officers responded to the ANP Collective to investigate an alleged assault that had occurred there.
The officers found a baseball bat and a Glock firearm that the assault victim indicated was used on him after he was accused of stealing a gram of marijuana during a purchase. Both Gentile and Salinas were then charged in Kern County Superior Court with a crime with intent to terrorize, attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, false imprisonment with violence, and assault with a semi-automatic firearm.
Evidence of an indoor marijuana cultivation operation was also found, and DEA agents responded with a search warrant. Agents seized 170 marijuana plants, 25 pounds of processed marijuana, nearly 3,000 pills, including suspected hydrocodone and morphine, a 12-gauge shotgun, and $68,173 in cash.
If convicted of the drug conspiracy, cultivation, and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, Gentile and Salinas face a mandatory minimum prison term of five years and a maximum term of 40 years in prison, and a fine of up to $5 million for each count.
Salinas is scheduled to appear in federal court for on October 19. Gentile is currently booked on state charges in San Bernardino County where he fled following a high speed chase by the California Highway Patrol and after DEA agents attempted to arrest him in Bakersfield on this case.