Three Arrested During Closure of Illegal Cannabis Operation

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LOS ANGELES (CNS)- A suspected illegal cannabis operation in the Mid-City area is boarded up today after Los Angeles Police Department narcotics officers arrested three people and served the business with a notice of unauthorized commercial cannabis activity.

Courtney Osowski, 24, Christopher Nieto, 22, and Alan Renteria, 22, were arrested for suspicion of operating or maintaining a drug house, police said.

The closure of the operation in the 5300 block of Pico Boulevard, between Fairfax and La Brea avenues, was the city's first “board up'' by officers from the Wilshire Narcotics Enforcement Detail, police said.

Officers arrived at the Pico Boulevard address at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday with a search warrant after a task force conducted a long-term investigation of illegal businesses selling marijuana and posted a notice of intent to padlock, barricade and fence the building.

It was the fourth time the property had been served with a search warrant, authorities said. The property and business owners had been given over 10 days to request a hearing with the Office of Public Safety.

While serving the warrant Wilshire Division narcotics detectives recovered 71 pounds of cannabis, a 9mm “ghost'' handgun and an unknown amount of money from the alleged illegal business, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Marla Kiley with Wilshire Narcotics Detectives at 213-473-0250 or email or the Wilshire Division watch commander at 213-\473-0459.

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