The extensive amount of marijuana sales in recent weeks in the Haight Ashbury has led to police action, according to smoke shops and street dealers.
There has been an increase in enforcement against the offense. Undercover officers have been approaching people in the streets asking if they know where marijuana is sold and when the sale is secured, the arrests are made, according to street dealears.
“I actually went to jail a couple of days ago,” said a street dealer known as Mission. “I didn’t even make a sale or anything. They dismissed all of the charges.”
Mission explained that before the arrest, a suspicious person asking for marijuana approached him. He felt uncomfortable so he denied having any connections to drug sales. He then saw the same person approach every “street kid” on the block asking for marijuana.
“Thirty seconds later they arrested me for sales,” said Mission. He said that once the officer found a seller, seven to eight undercover officers swarmed the dealer and made the arrest.
Similar instances have occurred up and down Haight Street according to shop workers. In front of the store The Cannabis Company at 1334 Haight St. a man was smoking marijuana and was ambushed in the same way.
Eric Rosenberg, piercer at Braindrops just next door to The Cannabis Company remembered the occasion.
“Like eight undercover cops swarmed him,” said Rosenberg. “It was overkill, too many officers for one guy.”
Allan Sprague, manager of the Cannabis Company, said that the man arrested in front of his store is a local “street kid” who stops in on occasion.
“All of a sudden I’ve heard that they are on the hunt for the small-time weed offenders,” said Sprague. He said that customers have been coming in and telling him their stories of their run-ins with these undercover officers.
“There have been 60 to 75 busts in the last two weeks,” said Mission. Even though he and others have been arrested, the dealers continue with their sales, but with more caution, he said.
The San Francisco Police Department was contacted and would not comment on the matter.