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Mar 7, 2014 2:59 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

9 arrested in Mendocino County pot raid


MENDOCINO, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff's officials in Northern California say they raided a pot dispensary with help from federal officials after discovering a cash shipment from Colorado and marijuana products headed out of state.

Nine people were arrested during the raid on four sites associated with the Mendocino-based Love In It Cooperative on Tuesday. Sheriff's officials say they also seized packaged marijuana, pot-laced food products, 800 marijuana plants, five firearms and about $65,000 in cash. They were assisted by the District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Capt. Greg Van Patten tells The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa that the cash and marijuana product shipments raised suspicions that the cooperative was running a for-profit business. It is illegal to profit from marijuana in California.

Most of those arrested face charges of marijuana possession for sale, among other counts.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com

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