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Thieves created fake pot dispensary, robbed marijuana courier

August 10, 2011 |  8:15 am

Medical marijuana plants for sale at a California medical marijuana dispensary.

Fullerton police are looking for three men who allegedly set up a fake medical marijuana dispensary in an office building, placed a large order of marijuana from a courier and then robbed him.

“They set up a ruse,” said Sgt. Andrew Goodrich. “Kind of like calling for Domino's and then robbing the pizza driver.”

The men taped a green cross -- an identifying symbol adopted by many medical marijuana dispensaries -- on the front door of a building in an industrial part of town, Goodrich said. When the deliveryman arrived carrying several pounds of medical marijuana, the three men attacked and pistol-whipped him.

The three eventually got away with about nine pounds of marijuana worth around $20,000 -- about half of what the deliveryman had with him.


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Photo: Marijuana plants for sale at a California medical marijuana dispensary. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times