PCSO: Man bought pot at medical marijuana shops, sold it for profit

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. – A San Tan Valley man is accused of selling marijuana that he purchased using his Arizona medical marijuana card.

Phillip Vaughn, 32, was booked into the Pinal County Jail for possession of marijuana for sale and possession of marijuana.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Narcotic Task Force launched an investigation in February after receiving information that Vaughn was selling high-grade hydroponic marijuana. During the next few weeks, Vaughn sold it to an undercover detective on several occasions, according to Sgt. Pat Ramirez with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

On March 27, Vaughn agreed to meet the detective at a Walmart to sell him $100 worth of marijuana. Vaughn told the detective he brought him $80 worth of "Nice Guy" and $20 worth of "Casey Dream" marijuana.

After the transaction, other task force members took Vaughn into custody.

Ramirez said Vaughn used his Arizona Medical Marijuana Program identification card to purchase the drug at medical marijuana shops in and around the San Tan Valley area then illegally sold the marijuana to others.

"Arizona voters passed the law which allows individuals with a doctor's approval to purchase marijuana to treat certain medical conditions," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "Phillip Vaughn used his medical marijuana card to purchase marijuana and then resell it for profit. Undoubtedly this is occurring by other individuals as well. I am sure this will not be the last case we hear about."