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Feds Raid Oakland's Oaksterdam

•, Lori Preuitt and Christie Smith

Oakland's Oaksterdam University was taken over by federal officials Monday.

Officers wearing U.S. Marshals, IRS and DEA jackets swarmed the Oakland medical marijuana facility on Broadway before 8 a.m. Investigators put yellow crime tape around the entire building.

The nearby Oaksterdam Museum was also being blocked off, according to NBC Bay Area's Christie Smith, as was the Oaksterdam gift shop and the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative.

In all, at least four locations were sealed off by the feds.

Just after 9 a.m. agents brought out burlap bags, some of them overflowing with pot, to a waiting white container truck.

Oaksterdam is considered by many as the heart of California's pot legalization movement.

Officials on the scene were not commenting on their purpose other than to say that it was part of "an ongoing investigation." Internal Revenue Service spokeswoman Arlette Lee said that the investigation was under seal in a Northern District Court.

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