Undercover DEA Agent Mistaken For Robber

September 02, 2006

, KCAL-TV CBS News

An undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent was blocked from leaving a marijuana facility because he had a gun and employees thought he was a robber, medical marijuana advocates said Saturday. On Wednesday, an undercover DEA agent entered the Trichome Healing Center at 7100 Van Nuys Blvd., near Sherman Way, and was prevented from leaving until additional agents came to his rescue, a DEA official said.

The DEA agent was wearing a wire during a surveillance operation shortly before 2 p.m, and the DEA officials listening outside believed the undercover agent's identity had been compromised and that he was in danger, so they rushed inside.

Patient advocate Brett Stone said that Trichome employees believed the agent was there to rob the facility.

No arrests were made.

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