San Jose pot co-op closed following police raid

The morning after San Jose police raided a marijuana collective in San Jose in connection with the murder of a radio show host and the shooting of a man at a gas pump, the co-op was dark and closed.

Wednesday morning, the glass door to the Treehouse Co-Op at 190 Commerical Street was also busted in; glass shards lay scattered on the sidewalk of this industrial neighborhood, and the doorway had been boarded up with wood. No one answered calls left to the co-operative. A sign inside displayed the collective’s hours as 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Officers served a search warrant and raided the medical marijuana club, police announced Tuesday evening, after they said there were two people “associated” there, who allegedly “aided and abetted” Paul Ray Castillo elude officers after the homicide and “assisted in his escape.”

Police finally caught up with the 33-year-old parolee’s Sunday night at a West Sacramento pizza parlor, and arrested him.

Castillo is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon with robbery and homicide, after police say he shot a man Friday morning at a Willow Glen gas station, and then carjacked and killed Cindy Nguyen, 60, a Vietnamese radio host and office manager at a real estate company.

Friends and family are holding a vigil for her Friday at 7 p.m. at The Plant shopping center, where she was abducted.

As of Wednesday morning, Officer Jose Garcia said he had not been told whether anyone had been arrested following the raid, whether Castillo had actually been hidden at the co-op, or any other details about the case.

A landlord, who asked that his name not be used fearing bad publicity for his own business, said that he rented the space to the co-op, calling the owners nice people who typically paid their rent on time. The owners opened shop in June, and tweet such cannibas offerings, including “$5 wax hits,” “blueberry honey bud” for $30 a gram, and “cherry pie nuglets.”

via : Mercury News

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