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Santa Barbara pot dispensary shut down, owner and workers arrested

January 11, 2010 |  5:19 pm

Santa Barbara police today said they shut down a medical marijuana dispensary named Humanity after public complaints triggered an undercover investigation.

The owner of the business, Brandon Timothy Fox, and five employees were arrested last week on suspicion of various drug offenses. Police said the business violated state laws requiring pot shops to check customer identification cards.

An undercover investigator also was able to make purchases with forged documents, according to a department spokesman. In connection with the arrests, police said they seized 281 doses of steroids and 63 pounds of marijuana they found buried in a Santa Ynez backyard.

-- Steve Chawkins