The decision was made with such little fanfare that prosecutors joked among themselves at how uneventful the action was. Still, it was an action that closed out a four-year-old case and allowed Steven Gordon to reclaim his property.
On Jan. 6, San Luis Obispo County prosecutors said they wouldn’t fight Gordon’s motion to reclaim property that has been held as evidence since his arrest in 2010. Gordon and 11 other people (the so-called Doobie Dozen) were arrested as part of an interagency sting on medical marijuana delivery services. He and five of the defendants were still facing possible prosecution toward the end of last year, but the District Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss all felony charges on Nov. 25.
In earlier conversations with Chief Deputy District Attorney Jerret Gran, he explained that Gordon’s request to have his property returned was hung up by the fact that the property included about 5 pounds of marijuana. Gran said officials from SLO County Counsel were weighing in on the issue.
But when the matter came back to court, the county opted not to fight Gordon’s request.
“We have no intent to refile the cases, so we’re not going to object,” Deputy District Attorney Jesse Marino told Superior Court Judge John Trice.
After the matter was settled, Trice told Gordon simply, “OK. Thank you. All right. Good luck.”
Though Gordon now has a court order to recover his property, he hadn’t yet coordinated with the Sheriff’s Office as of press time. The held property includes the marijuana, documents related to his former Hopeful Remedies delivery service, about 100 patient recommendations, and about $12,000 in seized money. He’s further seeking to have his bank account unfrozen. In total, he claims 28 items that have been held as evidence since his arrest.
“I just don’t know what to say,” Gordon told New Times after the court hearing. “I’m very excited is all I have to say.”