LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities discovered a marijuana growing operation in downtown Los Angeles and briefly evacuated some residents and shut down freeway off-ramps when they initially believed the facility also included a dangerous methamphetamine lab.

Police and fire officials say they found the operation on Santa Fe Avenue near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Interstate 110 on Saturday afternoon, prompting the evacuations and spurring the California Highway Patrol to shut down off-ramps.

Fire officials say a hazardous materials team was been sent to the scene to assist the LAPD in a chemical investigation, but had no further details.

Police say when no methamphetamine or chemicals were found, the evacuations were called off and freeway ramps reopened.

A local television news station reported that several people were led away from the scene in handcuffs.

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Comments (4)
  1. drozone69 says:

    So they bus ta lot of pot places and are oredered to allow illegals to keep their vehicles?Then like what good are they at fighting real crime.We have organized mafias operating in this county and all we hear about is the above described?Oh yes I will give them credit for the increases of patrols around our locale dounut shops.

  2. TheyCallMeBob says:

    Ha! They probably had to make up the whole meth lab thing to clear themselves with legal… what a joke… L.A.’s finest…

    1. Not newsworthy says:

      Very true

  3. DoctorD says:

    Such a joke. The police have changed their story so many times. First it was a meth lab, then cocaine lab, then an undercover buy…the cops are so full of it. I live in this building. There was no meth or cocaine lab there. That was just for the headlines. You watch, there will be no charges brought for a meth lab or cocaine lab. All that was there were a few licensed medical grows. The only people being hurt here are the patients that need their medicine. I just don’t understand…

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