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LAPD captain probed for possible ties to marijuana warehouse

(LATimesLos Angeles police captain is on paid leave as the department investigates whether he is involved with an alleged marijuana warehouse in Sun Valley.

The warehouse came to the Los Angeles Police Department’s attention on Oct. 31 after someone called to report a burglary there.

Phillip A. Smith, a captain in the Rampart Division, told The Times on Thursday that he was the caller.

The burglars entered the warehouse through a rear door about 4 a.m. They left with a safe, cigarettes, cigars and marijuana plants, according to an LAPD news release.

Investigators from the Gang and Narcotics Division began looking into the illegal marijuana business and discovered that an LAPD employee was “affiliated with the location,” according to the news release, which did not identify Smith by name.