Almost a year after elementary and middle-school students in Costa Mesa were sickened by eating pot brownies, a man has been arrested on multiple charges including child endangerment and transportation of marijuana, authorities said Thursday.
Isaac Greer, 33, of Costa Mesa was taken into custody Tuesday after an investigation that dates back to March and April 2013, when several students at Pomona Elementary School and TeWinkle Intermediate School consumed the brownies and became ill, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department.
“Two separate students, one at each incident, were arrested after being determined to have brought the brownies to school,” the department said in a statement.
An investigation ensued, and later encompassed a January 2014 incident involving two students from Newport Harbor High School, one of whom became ill after reportedly purchasing and consuming marijuana-laced brownies.
Detectives interviewed the Newport Harbor High students and learned that they had purchased the brownies from a man known only to them by the alias “Clever.” The man was subsequently identified as Greer, according to police.
“Over the past two months, detectives focused on Greer’s activities, which included his being seen driving a black Honda Accord and meeting with minors for suspected drug transactions,” the statement said. “In one instance, detectives stopped and contacted a minor after a meeting with Greer, finding a quantity of marijuana had been purchased by the minor.”
Search warrants were obtained for Greer’s vehicle, the Costa Mesa hotel room where he resided, and a storage location in Huntington Beach that he was found to use, police said.
Detectives then stopped him in a parking lot at the intersection of Newport Boulevard and Santa Isabel Avenue (map), and the search warrants were served on his car and the two locations.
According to police, investigators found and seized evidence including:
-About 50 pounds of marijuana,
-Boxes of brownie cake mix,
-Numerous “business cards” identical to those obtained from students previously,
-Scales for weighing marijuana, and
-Vacuum packing equipment and bags.
Greer was arrested and booked at the Costa Mesa Police Jail for:
-Possession for sale of marijuana,
-Transportation of marijuana,
-Sales of a controlled substance to a minor between the ages of 14 and 18,
-Child endangerment, and
-Contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
He was transported to the Orange County Jail, where he was being held Thursday in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s website.
After his arrest, Greer, “a self-admitted gang member,” denied being involved in any of the incidents, police said.
The investigation into the two 2013 incidents is ongoing, to determine whether Greer may have been “a possible source for the marijuana-laced edibles consumed by children and Pomona and TeWinkle schools,” the statement said.