Former San Diego Sheriff’s Captain Tipped Off Dispensaries to Marijuana Raids

New court documents have shed light on the extent of corruption under a former high-ranking member of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Former Capt. Marco Garmo was arrested in 2019 for illegally trafficking guns available only to law enforcement. It was a spectacular downfall for a powerful law enforcement leader with aspirations of becoming the next county sheriff.

As Garmo nears the completion of his two-year prison sentence, the public is learning more. A criminal case against political fundraiser Waiel “Will” Yousif Anton has revealed that Garmo also routinely tipped him off about marijuana dispensary raids in exchange for cash. Anton, in turn, received large monthly sums for keeping a local dispensary owner in the loop. 

Garmo is set to be free soon despite the latest information. But San Diegans are lucky his other crimes were uncovered and prosecuted before it was too late. San Diego could have ended up with “one of the most corrupt government officers ever leading the San Diego [County] Sheriff’s Department,” in the words of as U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. 

Read more about the extent of Garmon’s corruption at the Los Angeles Times.