Former ‘Hemp Boys’ operator found guilty of illegal dispensary operation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The former operator of “Hemp Boys” dispensary in south Bakersfield has been convicted of running an illegal marijuana dispensary and illegal possession of firearms and marijuana for sale, the Kern County District Attorney said.

The DA’s office said a jury returned a guilty verdict against Jose Francisco Perez on April 30.

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Prosecutors said Perez was arrested after investigators served a search warrant at the dispensary located at 2507 S. Chester Ave in August 2022. Perez was found at the dispensary in possession of keys to the business, along with his wallet and a firearm found in a safe.

Prosecutors presented evidence Perez threatened and tried to tamper with potential witnesses, according to a release.

Perez faces a sentence of up to 4 years and 4 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for June 10.

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