LAPD shuts down pot store in Chatsworth; 3 arrested
Police said Monday night that officers have shut down a final medical marijuana dispensary in an area where dozens of pot shops once thrived.
Narcotics officers from the Devonshire Division served a search warrant at Herbal Medicine Care in the 10100 block of South Topanga Boulevard in Chatsworth, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Three people were arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, the LAPD said, and officers seized 50 pounds of marijuana, 156 marijuana plants and more than $6,000.
Officers also confiscated documentation detailing marijuana transactions.
In late 2008, more than 60 medical marijuana stores were in the Devonshire Division, according to the LAPD.
"They quickly became the center of various crimes," the LAPD said in a statement.
Illegal activity included tax evasion, money laundering, witness intimidation and narcotics possession, according to police.
The stores were shuttered after LAPD investigations, which have led to dozens of arrests and the seizure of dozens of weapons and more than a ton of marijuana.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Marijuana plant. Credit: Leon Neal /AFP