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Authorities raid pot dispensaries in West L.A., Culver City

August 13, 2009|Andrew Blankstein
  • A law enforcement officer is part of a raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Culver City.
A law enforcement officer is part of a raid on a medical marijuana dispensary… (Francine Orr/Los Angeles…)

Federal authorities and local police agencies raided two Westside marijuana dispensaries Wednesday as well as the residences of the owners.

The raids occurred at a facility on Washington Boulevard in Culver City and on Overland Avenue in Los Angeles. Authorities seized undisclosed items and are continuing their investigation, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman.

The names of the owners whose homes were searched were not immediately available.

During one of the raids, officers shot a dog believed to be a pit bull, but the circumstances of the shooting remain unclear, a law enforcement spokesman said.

The DEA, FBI, Internal Revenue Service, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Torrance Police Department and Culver City Police Department took part in the raids.

Law enforcement agencies have been cracking down on pot dispensaries for some time, but officials did not immediately say what prompted these raids.

andrew.blankstein @latimes.com

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