MURRIETA: Accused marijuana dealer pleads guilty

MURRIETA – A probationer caught selling marijuana out of his Murrieta home pleaded guilty today to possession of drugs for sale and was immediately sentenced to three years probation.

Joshua Scott Richardson, 26, admitted the misdemeanor count just as his case was proceeding to trial at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

In addition to probation, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Kelly Hansen imposed a 90-day jail sentence on the defendant, but the time behind bars was waived in preference to assigning Richardson to a sheriff’s work release program, during which time he’ll have to remain employed or attend school.

According to Murrieta Police Sgt. Mark Reid, Richardson came under investigation in the summer of 2016 after suspicious activity was reported at his property in the 39000 block of Chippewa Circle.

Reid said officers served a search warrant on July 7, 2016, seizing an undisclosed quantity of cannabis, as well as drug paraphernalia, from inside the defendant’s residence.

Richardson was arrested without incident at the location.

According to court records, he has two prior convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

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