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Illegal Pot Clinic & Drug Lab Bust Shuts Down The 10 Fwy

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About 20 people were detained and the 10 freeway shut down for hours Saturday when police found 3,000 marijuana plants at an illegal pot clinic south of downtown Los Angeles. Officers serving a search warrant discovered a dangerous and extensive lab with "thousands upon thousands" of plants in a warehouse on the 1000 block of Santa Fe Avenue, reports KTLA.

Officers also found evidence of chemicals consistent for making methamphetamine and cocaine, but police said that lab did not appear to be active. Additionally there was evidence suggesting the location was operating as an unregistered medical clinic and had been illegally converted into housing.

The westbound I-10 freeway and surface streets at Santa Fe and Sacramento Street were closed for six hours as city fire hazardous materials teams and the Department of Water and Power investigated the area, reports KTLA.