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.
Moreaux, who also owns a Newhall store called Chew'z Hemp that sells products manufactured from hemp - a relative of the marijuana plant - was convicted 17 years ago of selling cocaine.
Authorities from Oroville in Butte County showed up for Moreaux's hearing Tuesday, but never presented evidence in court that was allegedly suppose to tie Moreaux to drug operations in Northern California.
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.
Moreaux, 39, also owns a Newhall store which sells products manufactured from industrial hemp - a relative of the marijuana plant.
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.
Moreaux, who owns Chew'z Hemp on Ninth Street in Newhall - which sells products manufactured from hemp, a relative of the marijuana plant - was arraigned in Newhall Municipal Court on Monday.
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.
has been under surveillance for several months, particularly after announcing plans to open the hemp store, investigators said.