Bakersfield pot shop owner gets 4 years in fed prison

FRESNO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A Bakersfield man has been sentenced in federal court for running a marijuana dispensary.

David Chavez Jr. owned Nature's Medicinal Co-op. He was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for using a telephone in connection with drug trafficking, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Chavez and his father of the same name operated the Bakersfield shop, which was raided in 2007. Seized from the dispensary were firearms, hundreds of pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash.

Between September 2004 and February 2006, the business earned $16 million in gross sales, according to prosecutors.

Chavez Sr. is scheduled to be sentenced in March for conspiring to distribute marijuana.

Six co-defendants have been sentenced for the conspiracy:
 

  • Timothy Glenn Doolittle, 42, of Bakersfield - 30 months in prison
  • Jennifer Diane Brown, 37, of Bakersfield - a year in prison
  • John Shanks - 20 months in prison
  • Israel Cavazos, 38 - three and a half years in prison
  • John Wyatt, 31 - 30 months in prison
  • Jonathan Michael Chapman, 32 - three years and one month in prison