Men linked to marijuana operation in Sonoma and San Fransisco in court

Prosecutors on Friday postponed filing charges against three men linked to a west Sonoma County indoor marijuana garden that supplied a medical pot dispensary but which detectives claim was used to sell pot for a profit.

Joseph Erich Pearson, 34, co-founder of a cutting edge San Francisco pot club appeared in court Friday for the first time with co-defendants Alexander Pearson, 33, and Timothy Crites, 32.

The men were arrested Monday following a barn fire that destroyed a cultivation operation on Joseph Erich Pearson’s Mays Canyon Road property in the remote hills above the Russian River and led deputies to investigate the plants.

Friday morning in court, Judge Ken Gnoss asked Sonoma County Deputy Prosecutor Scott Jamar if he needed more time before filing charges against the Pearsons and Crites.

“I imagine it will take some time to investigate this case,” Gnoss said.

“It will take at least 60 days,” Jamar said, to receive a full investigation report from the Sonoma County sheriff’s narcotics unit and then review the case.

Gnoss re-scheduled an arraignment hearing for 8:30 a.m. July 19.

The men, all out on bail, will be represented by private attorneys.

Pearson, who goes by his middle name Erich, stood before the judge in a pink dress shirt, blue vest and boat shoes beside his attorney, Jim Hammer. Pearson is in the middle of a two-year appointment to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Medicinal Marijuana Advisory Board.

Hammer is a former prosecutor with the San Francisco District Attorney’s office who prosecuted a murder conviction in a high-profile fatal dog mauling case. Hammer is also an on-air legal analyst for the FOX News Channel.

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