|CAF director arrested on cocaine charge
Scott Goree caught by Petaluma police, DEA with 3 pounds of cocaine
The Petaluma Police Dept. on Dec. 19 arrested Scott P. Goree for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell.
Goree, who served as the producer of the annual Cotati Accordion Festival, was, according to Petaluma Police, caught with three pounds of cocaine and small amount of cash.
Goree, 65, was charged and booked into Sonoma County Jail with felony intent to sell. He has since been released on bail. The Petaluma Police Dept. had been working in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to investigate narcotic sales in Petaluma. Law enforcement officials obtained a search warrant for Goree’s home in the 20 block of Mission Drive.
Goree’s arrest puts the Cotati Accordion Festival’s immediate future in question. Linda Conner, co-producer of the festival, told The Community Voice that Goree has resigned as the CAF producer.
Goree was responsible for booking all the acts at the festival as well as negotiating contracts with various vendors who help make the festival one of the area’s most popular events.
“This news came as a total shock to me, and I’m saddened to hear about it,” said Conner, who also is a member of its board of directors.
She said she’s contacted some of the other board members to determine which direction they should go.
“The board will meet after Christmas to decide how to proceed with next year’s festival,” Conner said. Goree has been the executive director and producer of the Cotati Accordion Festival since 2005, when he took over for former producer Clifton Buck-Kauffman.
Back in the 1980s, he also was the owner of the nightclub Magnolia’s in Santa Rosa and he co-owned the Inn of the Beginning in Cotati in the 1990s.
If convicted, Goree faces up to four years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000.