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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided a medical marijuana cooperative Thursday.

A search warrant was served at For the People, 509 Ming Ave., but no other details were disclosed because the case is under court seal, DEA spokeswoman Casey Rettig confirmed Friday.

The shop’s owner, Leo Resendez, said the raid occurred before noon and was conducted by the DEA and local law enforcement. Resendez said the raid was conducted very respectfully and was by far the most pleasant experience he’s had with law enforcement, the Bakersfield Californian reports.

“Not that I agree with what they did, but the experience couldn’t have been any better,” Resendez said by phone.

Resendez said the officers took a little bit of everything, including the business’ computer and medical marijuana.

Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said the federal government would be cracking down on “commercial marijuana cultivators” in Kern County and the rest of the Central Valley.

There is no medical need for such commercial facilities, and California’s medical marijuana laws do not shield growers or sellers of marijuana from federal prosecution, he said at the time.

Individuals convicted of cultivating more than 100 marijuana plants face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison. Growing 1,000 plants carries a 10-year minimum sentence.

The shop owner said he feels stuck in the middle of state and federal laws and “a little disappointed in the state of California.”

“That’s what hurts the most. I feel like California might have set us up a little bit,” Resendez said.

On Thursday night Resendez said he wasn’t sure about the future of the cooperative.

“We feel that this is a major scare tactic and it absolutely worked,” he said.

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