Authorities Raid Marijuana Dispensary in Anaheim

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Police raided a marijuana dispensary in Anaheim Tuesday, confiscating several pounds of marijuana and citing three people for allegedly illegally operating the dispensary, police say.

Authorities confiscated around 120 pounds of marijuana edibles, 13 pounds of marijuana plants and two pounds of THC wax, according to Anaheim police.

The business, now boarded up and red-tagged, is located at a strip mall next to a Stater Brothers shop on Orangethorpe and Kellogg.

The dispensary’s operators have allegedly been illegally selling marijuana products for some time, according to the building’s property management official.

Police say they received complaints about the dispensary from neighboring businesses and residents, and a nearby high school.

In an attempt to shutter the business, city officials turned off the business’s electricity on Oct. 31, the property official said. But the dispensary operators brought in a backup generator and continued to sell marijuana products without a license.

“When we shut the power off through Anaheim public utilities, it’s very common for them to use batteries ... we’ve seen solar powered operations with solar panels on the roof, running down to marine batteries," Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department said. "Completely unsafe but it’s how they operate ... it's an ongoing process for us.”

Video showed officials loading seized bags of marijuana and a generator onto trucks.

Three people, two men and one woman, have been cited and released. No arrests have been made since illegally operating a marijuana dispensary in Anaheim is classified as a misdemeanor.

Property management is going through an eviction process, but it will take time, the property official said.

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