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Murrieta Auto Shop Owner Accused in Marijuana-Growing Operation

About 320 pot plants in "various stages of growth" were recovered from a warehouse next door to City High Automotive in Murrieta, according to police.

A Murrieta business owner is accused of cultivating more than 300 marijuana plants in a warehouse next to his auto repair shop.

Following a month-long investigation, Murrieta police on Nov. 14 arrested Maurice Cortez Paschall, 38, owner of City High Automotive.

“Our special enforcement team were conducting an investigation into a possible marijuana grow at a warehouse, and it appeared the warehouse is associated with the business,” said Murrieta police Sgt. Steve Dyer, who oversees the SET team.

Dyer said the day of Paschall’s arrest, as Murrieta detectives were writing a search warrant for the warehouse, another group of plain clothes officers were conducting surveillance of the auto shop at 26520 Adams Ave. and nearby warehouse in the 41600 block of Eastman Drive.

“Within a couple of hours, a suspicious vehicle pulled up and a man loaded a bunch of items into the car and quickly took off,” Dyer said.

“As the vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade, was driving away, there was fluid leaking out consistent with hydroponic equipment,” the sergeant said.

A marked police unit caught up with Paschall on Ynez Road in Temecula, he said.

Paschall was arrested on the spot on suspicion of cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana for transport and sales, both felonies, according to jail records.

In addition, Dyer said Paschall allegedly had a “collapsible police baton” in his car, another felony.

More than 320 plants “in various stages of growth” were recovered from the Escalade as well as back at the shop, Dyer said.

Paschall, who could not immediately be reached for comment, was released from Southwest Detention Center the following day by posting $50,000 bail. He is due in court Jan. 11.

City High Auto was open for business as of Friday.

“He conducts business—this did not involve the employees—but this was a warehouse, he had a kind of side warehouse about 300 feet away. There was a pretty decent grow inside,” Dyer said.

Jack N. Off November 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM
sweet karma,kiss my ass. you sound like an ignorant fool.
Jack N. Off November 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Hey Bob Meek..... do you have a PHD, say in botany? Or how about Neurology. Or are you even a doctor at all? Im gonna say no. So shut that hole you refer to as your mouth and stuff a joint in it!!!
JJ Mclure November 21, 2012 at 01:28 AM
the crimes arise from pot dude
bob meek November 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
YO jack -o ,whats up your stove pipe ?i never proclaimed to posess any of your forementioned degrees of education. but while we are on the subject of apptitude ,your gonna be late for your test on finger painting .youve got to be the only pupil in hinderpartsin with hair on his chest and palm.sooo YURT!
Constant Comment December 11, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I agree JJ! }~)

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