Deputies seized about $25,000 worth of marijuana on Wednesday from a La Puente dispensary that was branded to resemble a church and operating without proper permits, officials said.
A three-week investigation into The Citadel Church of La Puente, located at 15554 Amar Road, revealed the business that was licensed to repair cell phones was actually a dispensary selling marijuana, cannabis concentrate and packaged edibles, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.
The probe culminated in the serving of a warrant at the pot shop around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Deputies ultimately seized about four or five pounds of marijuana products, a scale, surveillance equipment and $295 in cash, officials said.
A black man, whom sheriff’s officials described as a “known gang member,” and an Asian woman were detained, cited and released, deputies said.
A white man was also arrested; however, he was released without being cited, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the dispensary operation.