A Nevada County man is heading to prison after pleading guilty to charges of running a marijuana dispensary in Sacramento. John Lester Gross III, 48, of Rough and Ready, pleaded guilty yesterday (3/28) in U.S District Court to maintaining a drug-involved premises.
This case stems from an investigation by the IRS, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the California Department of Justice, and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Michael M. Beckwith is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, Gross helped organize and maintain a marijuana dispensary on P Street in Sacramento. The dispensary was supplied with marijuana grown on Gross’s property in Rough and Ready. On July 19, 2010, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on that property in the 11,000 block of Glenn Loop Road in Rough and Ready. On the property, officers found more than 2,800 marijuana plants and approximately 100 pounds of processed marijuana. 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 there.
Gross is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. on June 27, 2013. Gross faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.