Sacto 9-1-1
July 4, 2012
Farmer's Daughter restaurant sold more than food, cops say

By Anita Creamer

The Farmer's Daughter restaurant in Sacramento received lukewarm dining reviews from critics, but its baked goods allegedly packed a punch.

"You could go have sandwiches and soup, but if you ordered the brownie for dessert, you had to be specific what you wanted," said Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.

In a raid early Wednesday, narcotics detectives from the department recovered 80 pounds of marijuana from a back-room medical marijuana dispensary at the restaurant in Sacramento as well as from the owners' home in Rio Linda, he said. The proprietors of the restaurant, 64-year-old Robert Sand and 50-year-old Shelby Lucero, were taken into custody in Rio Linda and booked on felony possession, cultivation and criminal conspiracy charges.

The restaurant's location, in the 3400 block of El Camino Avenue near Country Club Plaza, has over the decades housed the Palomino Room and an Asian seafood buffet. In its current incarnation, the restaurant allegedly also operated a dispensary in back, selling what Ramos described as a variety of baked goods -- "cannabis-prepared desserts, lollipops, pastry balls, an assortment of things you'd eat."

"People could come in and sit down and have lunch and never know there was a medical marijuana dispensary in the back room," he said.

Officers also recovered several dozen processed marijuana plants in the raid, Ramos said.

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