The LAPD busted a large drug-selling operation last night, in a raid on the DNA Hydroponics store at 7306 Melrose Avenue.
The store claimed to be selling hydroponic equipment for growing medical marijuana. But the police found that it was selling cocaine and Ecstasy. Additionally, they discovered that the store’s owner was illegally carrying a loaded handgun.
Police describe the drug operation as busy, bringing many people into our neighborhood to purchase illegal narcotics. The police have brought an abatement action against the property.
When we took these photos of the storefront today, a sign on the front door said “Closed.” Nonetheless, the door was unlocked, and people were walking in and out of the store – including one furtive young man carrying a large duffel bag. Perhaps another raid will be needed….
It’s not surprising to us that a business claiming to be involved in “medical” marijuana is really a front for the illegal sales of hard drugs. Many of the the so-called medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles engage in similar criminal behaviors. And it’s been clear for some time that there are dangerous criminals behind some of these storefronts.
The bust at DNA Hydroponics shows why neighborhoods across Los Angeles are concerned about the continued proliferation of “medical” marijuana stores – especially when loaded guns are involved. We are trying to avoid a situation where a gunfight breaks out in one of these stores, and innocent bystanders wind up getting killed.
If you see suspicious activity at this store, or elsewhere in the neighborhood, contact our LAPD Senior Lead Officer, Art Gallegos, at (213) 793-0708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.