Camarillo/ Marijuana Sales and Money Laundering Arrests
10/9/2011 9:00:00 AM
Nature of Incident:
Marijuana Sales and Money Laundering Arrests
11-16986 and 11-22568
Sherman Oaks and Camarillo
Date & Time:
October 6, 2011 9:00 a.m.
Sheriff's Narcotics Unit, Ventura County District Attorney's Office, and Ventura County Combined Agency Team
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent
City of Residence
A three-month investigation by narcotics detectives from the Sheriff's West County Narcotic Street Team and the District Attorney's Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of three suspects for sales of marijuana and financial crimes. The Ventura County Combined Agency Team conducted the investigation after receiving information the individuals had formed an illegal marijuana mobile sales operation outside of the guidelines and protections of the 1996 Compassionate Use Act and the 2003 Medical Marijuana Program Act.
The investigation concluded with the arrests of 33-year old Sherman Oaks resident Bleau Garner, 52-year old Camarillo resident Edward 'Ned' Welsh, and 20-year old Camarillo resident Michael Dallape.
Garner was arrested for sales of marijuana, possession of marijuana, and conspiracy. Garner was the 'owner' of the Ventura County Community Collective and was responsible for coordinating the sales of marijuana in Ventura County using a mobile delivery method. Garner posted bail of $25,000 and is scheduled to be arraigned on 10/14/11.
Welsh was arrested for two counts of money laundering, sales of marijuana, and conspiracy. Welsh, a former real estate agent and current mortgage broker, is suspected of setting up a bank account in the name of an unrelated non-profit corporation called the 'Ventura County Community Patient Resource Center' and then laundering money from the sales of marijuana from the 'Ventura County Community Collective' through the financial institution. Welsh remains in custody and is scheduled to be arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on 10/11/11.
Dallape was arrested for sales of marijuana, possession of marijuana, and conspiracy. Dallape was a 'dispatcher' for the illegal operation and coordinated day-to-day sales of marijuana. Dallape remains in custody and is scheduled to be arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on 10/11/11.
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Sgt. Mike Horne
Media Release Date:
October 9, 2011
Sgt. Mike Horne (805) 388-8712
Captain Dave Murray