Investigation underway in pot bust allegations, Santa Ana police chief says

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Santa Ana Police Chief addressed a controversial marijuana dispensary bust, including allegations that at least one of the officers ate an edible pot product.

Surveillance video captured the raid, which shows officers inside an unlicensed marijuana dispensary.

In the video, the female officers are allegedly talking about kicking Marla James, an amputee who volunteers at the Sky High Collective. She is legally blind and said several medical issues keep her confined to a wheelchair.

She said she plans to sue the city.

On Friday, Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas addressed the video and the allegations against his officers.

"We're here to provide public safety services to the community with professionalism and integrity and that hasn't changed," he said.

Rojas said an internal investigation is underway. James' lawyer told Eyewitness News that he believes the video shows other misconduct, including officers playing darts and eating an edible.

Rojas said he wants to see the unedited video first, but doubts the product was a marijuana edible.

"I have a great deal of trust and confidence in our officers, but I do realize we have to do our due diligence," he said.

Members of the Santa Ana City Council said they stand by the chief and trust he will take appropriate action to make sure these issues are resolved.

The chief said it should take about a month to complete the internal investigation.
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