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UPDATE: Handgun, 9 Pounds of Pot Seized In Thursday Raid

It's the third police action against the Lake Forest marijuana shop in recent months.

A team of Sheriff's Department agents raided Lake Forest's last remaining marijuana dispensary and two allegedly connected homes Thursday afternoon.

They came away with 9 pounds of pot, a handgun, 206 pot-infused baked goods, about 2 grams of hash and roughly $2,000, according to sheriff's Lt. Doug Doyle.

The raid—the third in six months—shut down Charles Cafe, a small pot store near the intersection of Lake Forest Drive and Dimension that once functioned as a coffee shop.

No arrests were made, but Doyle said six suspects are under investigation.

It's unclear if —allegedly its owner and manager—are among those under investigation.

The raid began at 4:30 p.m., when deputies executed search warrants at the pot shop and at homes in the 5000 block of East Ebell Street in Long Beach and the 1600 block of West Balboa Boulevard in Newport Beach.

Afterward, OCSD deputies remained at the dispensary, turning away a stream of disappointed prospective customers.

Nearly 20 people in half an hour tried fruitlessly to enter the store.

When asked by one person when the store would reopen, a sheriff's deputy said it was closed permanently.

Two previous raids—one by federal agents and another by an OCSD drug team—failed to shutter the pot shop.

Until Thursday, Charles Cafe was the last of nearly 40 Lake Forest pot shops still operating after a concerted effort by local officials.

In October 2011, local officials were elated when Lake Forest's unsuccessful efforts to shut down dispensaries got a .

While the assistance came as part of a , it also was the hoped-for answer to a May plea for federal help from Lake Forest City Attorney Scott Smith to U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr.

In November 2011, a , netting two arrests. It didn't stay closed for long. That spurred yet another raid in March.

At that raid, a sheriff's narcotics team in connection with the shop.

Tonya Fitzpatrick April 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Why?
Susan Wattles April 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM
As a die-hard Democrat and cancer survivor who well knows the benefits of marijuana for helping deal with chemotherapy, I am incensed that Obama has gone back on his campaign promise to respect state's rights regarding medical marijuana.
Crashaxe April 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Hemp/Marijuana is a dangerous substance, it's a danger to the pharmaceutical, chemical, paper and fabric industry. Hemp has over 2500 uses in industry as for building materials to fuel, (and makes the finest toilet paper on the planet) and this doesn't include the medical uses. These big companies have the Federal government in there pocket to insure there profits are not disrupted. If the sheriff's of these local counties (who is the highest law enforcement in the county) would do there job and enforce local laws and jail these federal invaders for there illegal activity. Yes American people have been effectively brain washed, all starting with William Randolf Hearst and the new director of the FBN Harry Anslinger in the early 1930's all for the profits of big drug, chemical and paper manufactures.
Crashaxe April 15, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Oh ya, it has side effects, it makes you happy and hungry.
eric garretson April 20, 2012 at 01:06 AM
This is what happens when people are in a govt. job too long. They start thinking like dictators. Please vote out the current city council! We the people have spoken but these fools don't know about living up to what they were hired for. It is not to overturn or harass the majority of the people who voted for a law. Vote for me for city council please! Eric Garretson

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