Dennis Peron, Local Pot Guru, Cleared of Criminal Charges

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Dennis Peron has said it all along. For decades, the Castro District resident -- one of the fathers of the American medical cannabis movement  -- has maintained that marijuana is medicine. And for just under a year, Peron has been insisting that he's innocent of narcotics and child pornography charges leveled against him by the San Francisco District Attorney stemming from an Aug. 4, 2010, raid of the hotel he runs out of his 17th Street home.

Turns out he's right.

All charges were dropped Wednesday morning, he told SF Weekly (a fact confirmed by his attorney, David Wilton). "I knew it was going to happen," a relieved, but tired-sounding Peron said. "They couldn't meet the burden of proof -- this case against me was completely fabricated."

Erica Derryck, spokeswoman with the DA's office, released the following statement: "We dismissed the case against Dennis Peron today because additional investigation of the computer forensic evidence does not allow us to meet our burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt."

But far from forgiveness, Peron is offering more litigation. "They dragged my name through the mud for a year ... and now I'm going to sue them," he vows. "I'm going to sue [the San Francisco Police Department] for a million dollars."

The dismissal is a turn of fortune for Peron, 66, whose 2010 was not a kind flip of the calendar. Prior to the August raid, Peron had suffered a stroke in April. The DA dropped charges, saying a trial would show that prosecutors "would be unable to sustain their burden of proof," said Peron's attorney, David Wilton. He added that prior to executing the search warrant, police said they would find pictures of nude male minors, yet all computerized images found were of females.

It's still unclear exactly why cops paid a visit to the Castro Castle on Aug. 4, 2010 -- police reports and search warrants from the raid have not yet been released. However, authorities found child pornography, a pound of marijuana, and methamphetamine, according to prosecutors.

Peron freely admits to having the pot -- "It was mine. I grew it and I was in the process of smoking it," he said at the time. But he long denied any connection with the drugs or the naughty pictures, which were of "fully clothed girls," Peron, who has been openly gay since the 1960s, told us. What's more, they were found only through a forensic search of a computer hard drive's deleted files on a machine used by a guest, Peron said -- and were pretty damn tame.

"These [pictures] were like Macy's ads," he says. "They manufactured a drug case and a porno case just to hurt me. For what reason? I don't know."

Police had maintained the charges against Peron were valid, even as it was revealed that one of the officers involved in the raid was a Mission Station cop under investigation for misconduct, according to a report in the San Francisco Examiner. Many other cases involving Officer Ricardo Guerrero, one of the primary investigators in the Peron case and a cop featured in the videos released by Public Defender Jeff Adachi showing police misconduct, had to be dropped, the newspaper reported.

Peron has admittedly had a checkered past with SFPD over the past four decades, which has seen him turn from a young illegal pot dealer to an older medical marijuana advocate. That ends here.

Peron pledged this will be the last time he will ever be raided. "I said that the last time, but now I hope it's true," he says. "I'm never going to give them any reason -- I'm only going to rent the place to rich Europeans; I will never rent to serviceable locals who might be doing drugs. I assure you, nothing but Boy Scouts here."

But he did pledge to return to court, this time as the plaintiff: "I'm going to sue them. SFPD, and anybody else. They soiled my name for no reason."

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Johnofphilly
Johnofphilly

Whether or not you love Dennis is irrelevant.  I wish him well, but even if I didn't, here's what matters:  The two particular cops who set this up and trumped up these charges and slandered his name have caused an awful liability for the City.  I have no doubt that the Office of the District Attorney will move to suspend or remove the officers involved in order to protect and minimize their own liability.  I used to work in a law enforcement department for the City and I can tell you that the different Departmental divisions are often not on the same page and conflicts arise all the time.  And this is definitely one of them.

Julia Mae Thies
Julia Mae Thies

As someone who has held the hands of the victims of his pedophelia, I must remind you all that having the charges dropped does not mean INNOCENCE!! No one wants to think poorly of him because of his good works in the cannabis front. Daze committed suicide because of the shit that happened to him, and the other young run away boys in the Castro, in that "Castle"!!! Let the pervert sue me, I will bring more of his former victims to defend me than he will believe. They won't "rat" on Dennis, but they will defend me if they need to...

Thraxz13
Thraxz13

Good job Dennis, I was a boy scout and don't take any offense to your statements... Im a heterosexual male who backs Dennis 100%... Dam all those D.A.s pursuing there own agendas... Take all the money you can from those Europeans, and the City of San Francisco for doing this to you...

E81moala
E81moala

That's fucked up...fuck them pigs...

Axisoflovesf
Axisoflovesf

nothing but boy scouts here? i dont see the humor? after being accused of child porn rightly or falsely? and rich euporeans love drugs...

Mickey Martin
Mickey Martin

These are the statements that make me wonder why ANYONE would donate money to this group of clowns. Axis of evoL is nothing more than a sham group that hides behind low income and disabled people to "solicit" (extort or accept bribes) "donations." It is a sad affair when even after he is cleared you are still trying him in the comment section of a blog from the Weekly...geez. With friends like you....While I agreed deeply with Dennis on his Prop. 19 stnce, I still think he is one of the heroes of this movement. I will never forget visiting his farm on a night when Bush was giving a speech and he was riveted, screaming at the television. He showed me a huge plant and out from behind popped an ostrich head. I almost died. Dennis is good people, and if the burden of proof is not there, let us stop attempting to still put this trumped up jacket on him. You should be ashamed, Shona...Innocent until PROVEN guilty is a core civil right of humans in a society. Please, anyone who is donating to this organization and its continued chaos STOP. Just stop FEEDING THE MONSTER....

Mickey Martin
Mickey Martin

As a person who had law enforcement straight up LIE to the media, I know first hand what it feels like to be dragged through the court of public opinion and to have clowns like these question my ethics and morality. To have someone who calls themselves a member of the cannabis movement continue to try and frame Dennis after the DA clearly stated there was no PROOF of anything. Unbelievable......

Mary Mary
Mary Mary

Who need COINTELPRO, undercover cops, and narcs when police have Shona Gochenaur doing their divisive dirty work for them?

shona
shona

Axis of Love SF - has never shamed anyone for drug use - we are harm reduction based group.As CEO ive published in writing that I personaly could care less regarding the charges related to meth - what concernd me the most was the child in the picture welfare . When I read the charges it stated simulated sex of a minor in photo- Its very rare that burden of proof is meet in child porn cases or for that matter child rape cases where a rape kit /DNA is not available. Child pornography is a billion dollar industry. My concern remains with the child in the photo well being. 

Julia Mae Thies
Julia Mae Thies

I could go to the Castro right now and introduce anyone to a dozen of his victims. Just ask anyone on the streets up there under 15 years old if they have been to the "castle" and they will tell you they have been there, done speed supplied by and had sex with grown men, including Dennis. None of them have a problem with the situation until Dennis tires of them and they aren't his boytoy of the moment anymore. Then they are heartbroken. I don't care if grown people do speed, I think it is a horrible drug but it's not my place to make choices for others. I do care if grown men use speed as a way to get young queer and questioning boys into bed with them.

Betty Robertson
Betty Robertson

Julia Mae Thies (aka Pheonagirl) is a seriously confused City College of SF girl looking for a family in the SF pot club scene. She is rabid even for one of Shona's friends over at Axis of Evil. She thinks child sex jokes are funny. Check out this picture on her photobucket page. http://s289.photobucket.com/al...¤t=Funny.jpg  Check out her picture here: http://s289.photobucket.com/al...¤t=me2.jpg She is a liar and a homophobic person. Even the cops wouldn't stoop this low. But the real question remains: is she also a snitch?

Dinkus
Dinkus

wow, it finally comes to the public eye that Dennis has been blowing 15 yrs old boys for decades....  ( got fag witch aliens?...)

Dinkus
Dinkus

( they make the best drugs after all...)  ( how else would you help these poor male minors figure out their sexuality?))

Captain Gregory Corallez
Captain Gregory Corallez

Shona, You are a hate filled homophobic drug dealer. Grow up. Your day in Federal Court may yet come. If it wasn't for Dennis Peron you would never have been able to sell so much as one gram of pot in the manner in which you do today. You should apologize and ask for forgiveness. Dennis is a compassionate person and would probably forgive you for your malicious slander if you were woman enough to ask.

NoReply
NoReply

As an Ex member of Axis OF Love in San Francisco California I can honestly say that I have heard Gregory Ledbetter, Russell Kyle, Shona Gochenaur, Daniel Lee Foos, Paul Asskinoff, Frank Peters and others at meetings tell people that Dennis was a pedophile and that he used speed. IN fact they even went as far as having members write graffiti in his neighborhood in the Castor saying things like "Protect your children from Dennis Peron!" Is it any wonder why I left and why the SFPD did what they did to Dennis? This organization is scary and I am happy to be not a part of it anymore.

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NoReply

Thats CASTRO--darned typos!LOL

Patrick Gent
Patrick Gent

No, no, no! No Boyscouts! You'll just get into trouble again. 

marijuanagatewaytohealth
marijuanagatewaytohealth

Hurray!!! Dennis whips the cops fannies one more time! This was a set-up attempt to imprison him on bogus charges because they could never prosecute him for selling TONS of marijuana to patients on Market Street! Dennis Peron is a hero!

Leland Cole
Leland Cole

Fake and malicious charges-----Just as I said 9 months ago!                                                                                  A CONTINUING INVESTIGATION.. it has been recently reported that the police who made the arrest , remain under investigation regarding other persons who been targeted falsely by them; leading sources to believe that these officers were for hire.Leland Cole

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

He should press criminal charges against the cops for making this up. The people who did this should be in jail.

Cindi Moya
Cindi Moya

NOW ON THE REAL SIDE COPS DON'T GO UP LIKE EVERYDAY PEOPLE!

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Um... Is your comment available in English?

3domfighter
3domfighter

The retard dialect of english, perhaps.  You're comment was unintelligible, and your defense of it makes me even more embarrassed for you.

Cindi Moya
Cindi Moya

Oh my goodness, too the best that I remember YES!!! ALL IN ENGLISH, maybe cuz just asholes can't get certain things? No I'm NOT PERFECT but I know i don't sit by MYSELF!! LOOK IN THE MIRROR! Guess what you won't see it there!!!!! ha ha ha get the stick out...

Cindi Moya
Cindi Moya

As a matter a fact is sure is english ! Why?

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