Update September 22, 2017: Tooma has pleaded not guilty, claiming he only owns a smoke shop next door, not Spring Valley Greens, Patch.com reports.
By Miriam Raftery
September 20, 2017 (Spring Valley) – The owner of Spring Valley Greens, an illegal marijuana dispensary also known as the Wax Room, has been arrested. Steve Tooma, 35, has been charged with opening a drug house, criminal conspiracy, and possession of marijuana for sale at the dispensary located at 9925 Campo Road in the Casa de Oro neighborhood of Spring Valley.
The Sheriff’s Rancho San Diego Crime Suppression team and local detectives conducted a search back in July at Spring Valley Greens, which resulted directly from many complaints made by concerned citizens over an illegal marijuana dispensary at the local, which is close to a school. Early this morning, a second search warrant was served in the 1300 block of Windridge Drive in El Cajon before officials arrested Tooma, says Sergeant Matt Cook with the Sheriff’s Department.
Problems at the dispensary date back to at least December 2014, when a robbery suspect and a bystander were shot in connection with an armed robbery at the dispensary.