LAPD seizes 9 kilos of coke, 300 pot plants and weapons in raid
Los Angeles police seized 9 kilos of cocaine, 300 marijuana plants, several weapons and arrested six people as part of an investigation of an interstate drug-trafficking operation allegedly run out of a Reseda medical marijuana dispensary, authorities said Thursday.
The arrests and seizures were made Wednesday as officers prepared to serve a search at the White Oak Healing Center, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The probe was launched last year after a fatal shooting at the center that had the "appearances of an organized-crime-style hit," the LAPD said in a statement.
That investigation led to information allegedly implicating the center's owner, Raymond George, 60, in the transportation and sale of marijuana and cocaine between Los Angeles and Cleveland, according to the LAPD.
George was among the six people arrested by officers, who also seized 120 oxycodone pills, a loaded AK-47 assault rifle, two handguns and more that $6,600 in cash, police said. The pot plants were inside the dispensary, which housed a sophisticated growing system.
Police identified the others who were arrested as Haiz Carrera, 51, Reginald Beijer, 59, Francisco Franco, 41, Francisco Vallejo, 30, and Alfredo Gonzalez, 51.
-- Robert J. Lopez