Alleged marijuana dealer charged along with his employee

{A href=""}BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) An alleged pot shop owner and his employee have been indicted on federal drug charges.

Raymond Arthur Gentile, 51, owns a marijuana store in Bakersfield named ANP Collective, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Fresno. Gentile and employee Gustavo Angel Salinas, 24, are accused of various crimes related to marijuana cultivation and distribution. Gentile, who was arrested in San Bernardino County after a high-speed chase with California Highway Patrol officers, also faces a federal firearm charge.

The case against Gentile and Salinas got its start after a customer accused them of assault. Gentile and Salinas allegedly thought the customer stole a gram of marijuana during a purchase, so they used a baseball bat and Glock handgun on him. The pair were charged in Kern County court on terror, assault and false-imprisonment allegations, according to federal prosecutors.

The alleged assault led Drug Enforcement Administration agents to serve a search warrant on Gentile's suspected marijuana-cultivation operation. Agents seized 170 marijuana plants, 25 pounds of processed marijuana, nearly 3,000 pills, a 12-gauge shotgun and more than $68,000 in cash.

Gentile and Salinas each face a maximum of 40 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines, the U.S. Attorney's office said.
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