Police shut down pot dispensary, arrest 3 employees

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Chula Vista police shut down an alleged illegal marijuana dispensary and arrested three employees Friday.

Authorities seized a "significant amount" of marijuana and cannabis- infused products from the location, including items designed to attract children such as cannabis infused gummy worms, cookies and candies, Lt. Dan Peak said in a statement. The dispensary is located less than a quarter mile from Otay Elementary School.

Police served a search warrant on the dispensary at 3444 Main St. in Chula Vista at approximately 9 a.m. Based on a police photo, the dispensary has the words "You are here" on a sign hanging over the entrance, but does not appear to have a name.

Upon entering the dispensary, officers found potential exit points barricaded and the primary front door to the business secured with a magnetic locking system, police said.

The three employees were arrested on suspected charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance believe to be methamphetamine for sales and possession of marijuana for sales.

The dispensary generated numerous complaints from members of the community, Peak said.

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