De acuerdo con la version de los agentes que lo detuvieron, Francis Moreaux intento sobornarlos con dinero, joyas y su vehiculo.
Francis Moreaux se declaro inocente y su abogado presento ante la Comision de Derechos Humanos de Puebla y ante la delegacion de la Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) en ese estado denuncias por detencion ilegal y tortura fisica y moral por parte de agentes de la DIEDO, las cuales forman parte de la averiguacion previa AP/PGR/PUE/PUE/IV/1137/2009.
Moreaux was arrested during a raid on his home in which sheriff's deputies found what they called a state-of-the-art growing operation in bunkers the defendant apparently excavated himself under his modest one-story home.
White said he reviewed the case and decided to offer the plea bargain because of the amount of drugs involved and the fact that Moreaux had no recent convictions.
But Nordskog is concerned, pointing out that Eppis' son, Brian, is a suspect in a Northern California marijuana case they believe Moreaux has ties to.
Moreaux subsequently pleaded not guilty to four felonies - possession and cultivation of marijuana for sale, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and an assault pistol.
Outside court, his attorney said there is no evidence to suggest Moreaux ever sold the marijuana he grew at his Mint Canyon home.
Sheriff's narcotics investigators tried to negotiate a marijuana sale with Moreaux, but he backed out of the deal, said Detective Ed Nordskog.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Moreaux, owner of Chew'z Hemp on Ninth Street in Newhall, Thursday afternoon at the Mint Canyon house where authorities seized 40 marijuana plants and $500,000 worth of high-grade pot.
Detective Ed Nordskog, a narcotics investigator at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station, said the raid and arrest took Moreaux by surprise.
Moreaux, whose 13-year-old daughter was home during the raid, was arrested on suspicion of four felonies - being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault pistol, possession of marijuana for sale and cultivation of marijuana.
Moreaux has been under surveillance for several months, particularly after announcing plans to open the hemp store, investigators said.