Sacto 9-1-1
March 28, 2013
Nevada County man pleads guilty to role in Sacramento marijuana dispensary

A Nevada County man pleaded guilty today in federal court to maintaining a marijuana dispensary in Sacramento.

John Lester Gross III, 48, of Rough and Ready admitted maintaining a drug-involved premises, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Gross helped organize and maintain a marijuana dispensary on P Street in Sacramento. It was supplied with marijuana grown on Gross' property in Rough and Ready, near Grass Valley.

On July 19, 2010, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at 11137 Glenn Loop Road in Rough and Ready. On the property, they found more than 2,800 marijuana plants and approximately 100 pounds of processed marijuana, officials said. They also found scales, packaging material, a few marijuana sales receipts, various forms of ammunition and identification documents. Investigators encountered a number of people working and living at the site.

Gross is to be sentenced June 27 by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

The case resulted from an investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the California Department of Justice and the Nevada County Sheriff's Office.

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