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Cops: Drug Trafficking Ring Uncovered at Reseda Pot Clinic; 6 Arrested

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Los Angeles police raided a medical marijuana dispensary in Reseda that was an apparent front for an interstate drug-trafficking operation, arresting six people and seizing 20 pounds of cocaine, among other items.

Officers made the arrests Wednesday as they prepared to serve a search warrant at the White Oak Healing Center, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Aside from cocaine, officers also seized 300 pot plants, 120 oxycodone pills, a loaded AK-47 assault rifle, two handguns and more than $6,000 in cash, police said.

Raymond George, 60, the center's owner, was among those arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to sell cocaine and marijuana, police said. George is suspected of transporting drugs illegally between Ohio and California.

Five men who allegedly went into the center to make a cocaine deal were also arrested.

They were identified as: Halz Carrera, 51, of Los Angeles; Francisco Franco, 41, of Riverside; Reginald Beijer, 59, and Alfredo Gonzalez, 51, both of Pasadena; and Francisco Vallejo, a 30-year-old resident of Tijuana, Mexico.

Each was being held on $1.5 million bail, including George.

The investigation began in 2010 following a fatal shooting at the center that police say appeared to be an organized crime-style hit.

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