The Tale Of Nunes, Hester, & Mr. BigTime Pot Lawyer
Joshua Hester pleaded guilty on January 3, 2012 to eight counts including conspiracy to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, conspiracy to maintain drug-related premises, and conspiracy to launder money. Hester was sentenced to 100 months in custody by U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez on January 24, 2013.
Hester will serve over eight years in federal custody for operating Kush Lounge and Green Kross Collective. Since October 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration, has issued cease and desist letters to about 253 marijuana dispensaries in the San Diego County and Imperial County. The Department of Justice reports that there was a 95 percent self-closure rate in response to the letters. Fourteen remaining dispensaries in the San Diego area were raided in September 2009.