Murrieta Auto Shop Owner Accused in Marijuana-Growing Operation

About 320 pot plants in "various stages of growth" were recovered from a warehouse next door to City High Automotive in Murrieta, according to police.

A Murrieta business owner is accused of cultivating more than 300 marijuana plants in a warehouse next to his auto repair shop.

Following a month-long investigation, Murrieta police on Nov. 14 arrested Maurice Cortez Paschall, 38, owner of City High Automotive.

“Our special enforcement team were conducting an investigation into a possible marijuana grow at a warehouse, and it appeared the warehouse is associated with the business,” said Murrieta police Sgt. Steve Dyer, who oversees the SET team.

Dyer said the day of Paschall’s arrest, as Murrieta detectives were writing a search warrant for the warehouse, another group of plain clothes officers were conducting surveillance of the auto shop at 26520 Adams Ave. and nearby warehouse in the 41600 block of Eastman Drive.

“Within a couple of hours, a suspicious vehicle pulled up and a man loaded a bunch of items into the car and quickly took off,” Dyer said.

“As the vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade, was driving away, there was fluid leaking out consistent with hydroponic equipment,” the sergeant said.

A marked police unit caught up with Paschall on Ynez Road in Temecula, he said.

Paschall was arrested on the spot on suspicion of cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana for transport and sales, both felonies, according to jail records.

In addition, Dyer said Paschall allegedly had a “collapsible police baton” in his car, another felony.

More than 320 plants “in various stages of growth” were recovered from the Escalade as well as back at the shop, Dyer said.

Paschall, who could not immediately be reached for comment, was released from Southwest Detention Center the following day by posting $50,000 bail. He is due in court Jan. 11.

City High Auto was open for business as of Friday.

“He conducts business—this did not involve the employees—but this was a warehouse, he had a kind of side warehouse about 300 feet away. There was a pretty decent grow inside,” Dyer said.

JJ Mclure November 18, 2012 at 02:42 PM
elm November 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Seriously?? Did you look at the booking photo? This gives new meaning to the word "ignorant"- and just fyi, it would be wise to avoid posting a new racial slur once you see the picture.
elm November 18, 2012 at 03:34 PM
"City High Automotive"... rofl!
FlyingTooLow November 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
What has happened to our 'free' country? George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry...they would all disown our cowardly, miserable, whining asses. Have we really come to this? I spent 5 years in Federal Prison for a marijuana offense. I wrote about the escapades that led to my imprisonment...my book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank I would be honored by your review.
JJ Mclure November 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
they also wouldn't put up with liberals destroying the country
Fired up November 18, 2012 at 04:25 PM
In case you didn't know medical cannabis has been legal in the state of California since 1996. Murrieta shut down all dispensaries recently so last I heard we're supposed to grow our own medicine collectively. Tax payers money would be well spent in other ways
MALIBUSHYLAH November 18, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Exactly my thought. City "High" Automotive. Come on now, really?! Quite an appropriate name.
knowa November 18, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Please sign the White House petition to let Marc Emery complete his sentence in Canada http://wh.gov/XXp9
Justice For All November 19, 2012 at 03:47 AM
It's a shame that so many pot heads have ruined it for people who have legit medical needs. This whole law has become a sham for recreational users to obtain pot for everything from a hang-nail to ingrown hair. We really need to go back to the drawing board and fix it so people can get their medicine without the stigma and the dopers involved.
LBV Collins November 19, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Hi Justice. I think the best solution is to do what Washington and Colorado just did... legalize pot for recreational use. I much prefer that our police focus on real crime within our city, and not waste their time trying to enforce arcane Federal laws.
SA November 19, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Make all dope legal and thin out the population while ridding the cartels of heinous acts… The Government should not tell us what we can or cannot put in one’s body. I would much rather our police be dealing with sex crimes, domestic violence, burglary, etc. than pot.
Theotis November 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I`ll smoke to that
adult November 20, 2012 at 02:54 AM
SWEEET KARMA! This con man scammed us out of 2K and a trashed vehicle, you can yelp at Fathead Motorsports and see who else he ripped off. Karma revealed and this con man is a criminal...throw the book at him! Thank-you Sherrif's dept for exposing the trash among us!!!!
bob meek November 20, 2012 at 09:03 AM
hey justice who are you to say what is a legitimate reason for the use of pot?you got a Phd. in being a busy body .mind ya buisness.
bob meek November 20, 2012 at 09:14 AM
wheres it at ? written on a zig zag?
Legion November 20, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Who cares.
Jack N. Off November 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM
sweet karma,kiss my ass. you sound like an ignorant fool.
Jack N. Off November 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Hey Bob Meek..... do you have a PHD, say in botany? Or how about Neurology. Or are you even a doctor at all? Im gonna say no. So shut that hole you refer to as your mouth and stuff a joint in it!!!
JJ Mclure November 21, 2012 at 01:28 AM
the crimes arise from pot dude
bob meek November 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
YO jack -o ,whats up your stove pipe ?i never proclaimed to posess any of your forementioned degrees of education. but while we are on the subject of apptitude ,your gonna be late for your test on finger painting .youve got to be the only pupil in hinderpartsin with hair on his chest and palm.sooo YURT!
Constant Comment December 11, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I agree JJ! }~)


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