A San Jacinto city councilmember was one of two people indicted by a Riverside County criminal grand jury with two felonies for allegedly operating an illegal cannabis dispensaryin the foothill community where he holds public office.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged Joel Lopez, 35, and Edward Padilla Jr., 32, with two felony counts for conspiracy to commit crime and maintaining a location for unlawful sale of a controlled substance, and two additional misdemeanors.
Lopez is currently a councilperson for the city of San Jacinto. Neither Lopez nor the city immediately returned a Desert Sun request for comment.
The charges were filed on June 8 following a grand jury hearing that was not open to the public, according to court records. The indictment was not announced until Friday.