- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 29, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The owner of six Southern California medical marijuana dispensaries, including one store linked to an accident that killed a motorist and paralyzed an officer, are facing federal drug and money laundering charges.

Virgil Grant III, 41, and his wife, Psytra Grant, 33, were arrested Tuesday and appeared in court but neither entered pleas, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

Authorities are searching for employee Stanley Jerome Cole, accused of selling a pound of marijuana to undercover agents for $5,700, Mr. Mrozek said.

Police said Mr. Cole also sold marijuana products to Jeremy White, who is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter in connection with a December accident. Mr. White’s truck hit a car parked on a highway shoulder, killing the driver and seriously injuring a California Highway Patrol officer.

According to court documents, Mr. White admitted he was under the influence at the time and investigators found marijuana and edible marijuana products in his car.

Investigators said Mr. White purchased the marijuana from the Holistic Caregivers in Compton, one of the Grants’ medical marijuana dispensaries.

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