Former Bakersfield pot shop owner Raymond Arthur Gentile was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, among other charges.
Gentile, 56, was the owner and operator of ANP, a marijuana storefront, in Bakersfield, according to a news release from the Office of U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert.
When federal agents executed a search warrant on the premises, they seized 170 marijuana plants, more than 24 pounds of processed marijuana, $68,000 in cash and a loaded shotgun, the release said. The testimony at trial established that Gentile made $25,000 to $30,000 a month in gross proceeds.
Agents found the marijuana plants growing in two separate grow rooms within the store, and sales receipts indicated 40 to 50 sales to customers each day, the release said. Additionally, the evidence showed that Gentile made false statements on a Firearms Transaction Record, ATF Form 4473, in order to purchase two Glock firearms.
Under federal law, marijuana is a controlled substance without any legitimate medical purpose. The city of Bakersfield, where Gentile’s marijuana store was located, has prohibited the operation of marijuana dispensaries within its limits.
Prior to sentencing, a federal judge found that even under California law Gentile was not in compliance, the release said.