Deputies Bust Marijuana Dispensary in La Puente That Resembled a Church

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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 dispensary operating as The Citadel Church of La Puente on Amar Road is seen in a photo released Nov. 16, 2017, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.
A dispensary operating as The Citadel Church of La Puente on Amar Road is seen in a photo released Nov. 16, 2017, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept.

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.

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