PHOENIX - Maricopa County authorities say they've busted an illegal medical marijuana dispensary in the Phoenix area.
The Sheriff's Office announced Friday that detectives arrested 12 people and seized items that included cash, handguns, 55 pounds of marijuana and 20 pounds of marijuana edibles.
According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the operation sold marijuana with no license or authority from the state to do so from a business called Alternative Medicine Group.
Five search warrants were served on the homes and businesses of the suspects.
Detectives reported that hired armed security guards dressed in tactical attire protected the business locations.
The Sheriff's Office says detectives made undercover purchases during an investigation that lasted several months.