ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) – A CBD store in Robertsdale was closed Monday, July 11, 2022 after the owner was arrested for allegedly selling a variety of drugs outside the store and his home. Marijuana and cocaine were just two of the drugs found.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s investigators said they have been receiving complaints about The Casual Dispensary CBD store for the better part of a year. On Friday, deputies raided the store on Highway 59 and Pennsylvania Street in Robertsdale, where they said they found marijuana with vapes and cartridges, which they suspected contained THC.
Prior to the search of the business, deputies arrested the owner, Brandon Stokes, 28, at his home in Fairhope.
“From the search warrants, we ended up seizing several different drugs… cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, marijuana. You name it, he had it,” said Lt. Andre Reid of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
Michah D’Angelo, 22, was also arrested at the Vance Lane home, but faces lesser charges than Stokes.
Investigators say that over the past few months, undercover officers have purchased numerous vapes and other products containing illegal amounts of THC. During the raids, deputies found large enough quantities of various narcotics to warrant charges of drug distribution and trafficking.
With the popularity of CBD therapy, investigators said Stokes was simply using the company as a front for his illegal drug trade.
“It’s almost a disservice to those trying to do business the right way,” Reid said. “Here he is, trying to hide as a businessman, selling drugs to a lot of pretty young people, coming to the store and so, that’s definitely something we wanted to deal with.”
Investigators had to take their time making this case against the company, as stores like this may sell certain types and amounts of THC in their products.
Michah D’Angelo has been released. Brandon Stokes remained in Baldwin County Jail on Monday with a total bond of $68,500.
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