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United States v. Kenneth Affolter (2006-2010, San Francisco)

posted Jan 28, 2013, 4:56 AM by The Editor   [ updated Jun 6, 2013, 3:39 AM ]
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kenneth "Kena" Affolter’s company “Beyond Bomb” supplied California’s medical marijuana dispensaries with a wide array of medicinal edibles. The marijuana-infused products, which included everything from sodas to candy bars, were labeled as parodies of mainstream snacks with names like “Rasta Reece's” and “Toka-Cola.”

Trouble began in February 2006, when Oakland police officers responded to a burglar alarm at one of Affolter’s warehouses. An investigation by federal drug agents quickly followed, culminating in a raid on three locations a month later. In addition to the edible products, agents reported seizing approximately $100,000 in cash and nearly 12,000 rooted marijuana plants, as well as 17,736 unrooted marijuana clones.

Eleven of Affolter’s employees were also charged in the federal case that resulted. They all accepted plea deals and received sentences that ranged from probation to 18 months in prison. Co-defendants Amy Teresa Arata and Jesse Monko were sentenced to 18 months in prison. Jaime Alvarez-Lopez and Elizabeth Ramirez were sentenced to one year in prison in September 2006. Affolter pled guilty to a charge of conspiring to manufacture and distribute marijuana, and in March 2007 received a sentence of 70 months in prison and a $250,000 fine. He served his sentence at FCI Terminal Island and was released in April 2010.

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