Even in 1928, "gangs" were allegedly into selling marijuana for huge profits. ;)
Rechen-macher. DOPE VENDERS REMANDEQ TO COUNTY CELLS Ordered Held for Preliminary Hearing in Lieu of Bail Of $5,000 Per Man (Special Staff Correspondence) UPLAND, Sept. 12. In lieu of $5,000 bail each, three men were this afternoon ordered held in the county jail to await preliminary examinations on charges of selling marijuana or Indian hemp, following following their arrests during the past week by D. C. Whipple and C. H. Wheeler, Inspectors for the state narcotic division, and their arraignment arraignment before Judge George R. Crane. Prudenclo Copas of 550 1-2 1-2 1-2 East Park street, Ontario, claims that the can of marijuana, which he sold to a Mexican youth for $3, was one he had previously found near Santa Ana. Fernando Montoya, who was arrested arrested last night at Cucamonga, admitted having received $2 for the sale of eight cigarettes made of marijuana. He claimed to have purchased them previously from an unknown person. Rudolph Carillo, arrested yester day in San Bernardino, claimed to have purchased four cigarettes for 75 cents, and admitted selling two of them for 50 cents. Users of marijuana are said to be rendered unwontedly brave by Its action, with the result that they are Impelled to do all sorts of mischief. mischief. The men just arrested by the state narcotic inspectors are believed believed to be members of a well-organized well-organized well-organized well-organized gang, which is said to be doing a land-office land-office land-office business with the sale of marijuana in Mexican population centers of the various cities of Southern California.