Who will protect retail pot & cash? Former military troops to offer security service

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Marine veteran Adan Yescas’ local security company, Apace 6, will be providing security for some legal marijuana shops and their transportation of cash and product. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

SEATTLE — Retail marijuana stores are set to open on July 8 — and sales are expected to be high.

A team of highly trained local veterans is preparing to protect tens of thousands of dollars, business owners and even you.

“When you got that kind of cash rolling around, no one feels safe,” said Marine veteran Adan Yescas, whose local security company, Apace 6, is on a mission to change that.

The “cannabis industry is high-risk because of the crops, you know, the crops and the cash,” Yescas said. “Everybody wants their hands on the product and the cash.”

Yescas said that starting July 8, his company — composed solely of military veterans — will be providing on-site security and armed transportation for several retail marijuana shops all over the state.

“Even though, federally, it’s still illegal, from the state side, for our veterans, that opens up a whole new market, new jobs, for us,” Yescas said.  “We are so used to providing service protecting others, and I wanted to bring all those skills that we have learned over the past years and use that to our advantage and work with the public and protect the public.”

Those who live and work near cannabis shops say the extra security is a comforting.

Cindy Graham, of Lakewood, said, “I think it’s a fantastic idea. I would feel much safer. They can’t have police escorts, obviously.”

“I don’t know what they’re going to be doing moving all that money around, somebody is going to try to take it,” she said.

Yescas said, “They need to be able to transport their money in a safe manner. I would say some would be 30, $60,000 every day or so.”

Yescas says the crops and the cash make his clients high-risk targets, and that potential danger trickles down to those around them throughout the community

He said that having the experienced eye of a veteran will make this journey into the uncharted territory of the cannabis world that much safer

“We’re taking a really high-skilled operator and put them in a situation where, God willing nothing ever happens, but if it does we are prepared to meet that challenge,” Yescas said.

Come July, Apache 6 says you likely won’t notice them out on the roads or in your neighborhoods — and that’s because they’ll on the job, dressed in street clothes, to attract the least attention as possible.


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  • jeff

    How would you prosecute individuals who would break into these new drug dealing businesses? It seems to me the individuals who decide to break into these drug dealing businesses would be doing the job the FBI and police should be doing.

  • Mark

    These guys are highly skilled. They are PSD (personnel security detail) certified. Executive protection guys just like the secret service. They are comprised of Military Veterans & former law enforcement. I personally know one of them. I would rather have them, then some simple security company lacking the training.

  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    ENLIGHTENMENT…i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old…i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan….until i smoked marijuana, changed the world…hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women's rights

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed…

    "any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever