Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

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Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility
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Update by the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office
1:00 p.m., June 12, 2018

At approximately 5:30 a.m. on June 9, 2018, four black male adult suspects entered a marijuana cultivation facility in the unincorporated area of Carpinteria. The suspects were detected by onsite security and an alarm was triggered. The security guard was detained by gunpoint. The suspects subsequently fled the area with some stolen property. The case is being actively investigated by Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau. Because of the nature of the investigation, and its active status, no further details will be released at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office believes the suspects were targeting the specific business and does not believe there is a current threat to the unrelated business or residents in the community. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 805-681-4150 or to leave an anonymous tip call 805-681-4171. You can also leave an anonymous tip on our website at www.sbsheriff.org


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
6:00 a.m., June 9, 2018

Marijuana grow hit in the 1500 Block of Casitas Pass, four to five subjects dressed in black hit the grow. Alarm sounding.

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Rinconer Jun 13, 2018 07:30 AM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

Don't blame a plant, or the farmers who grow legally. Take a look at State Street at last call on the weekend. A veritable war zone. Students, locals, and tourists all staggering about in a drunken stupor, unable to walk by themselves, oblivious to traffic, complete hazard to themselves and others. Meanwhile Law Enforcement, ambulances, and tow trucks all lurk within a block or two, waiting to predatorally extract thousands of dollars from the disoriented drunks, some of which will end up in the gutter and/or at Cottage, and/or jail. Meanwhile, thousands of people are relaxing at home or a friends with a plant, perhaps eating pizza or pasta, and watching a video or netflix at home, then falling asleep. Where is the boogeyman again?

Eggs Ackley Jun 15, 2018 07:13 AM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

Apparently you didn't read my earlier post. Trotting out the Reefer Madness argument is so predictable any time someone is critical of anything marijuana related. What is different now post-legalization? Armed hoodlums, greenhouses full of weed vs. clandestine grows. NORMLization of marijuana use and the attendant attitudes. "It's medicine" "It must be ok because it's sold in storefronts" Like I tell my gun toting friends: I don't want you to give up your guns(weed), I want to stop massacres of innocents(high schoolers burning it at break, a portion of the populace addicted, stupefied, and painfully unmotivated to get off the couch)

Eggs Ackley Jun 15, 2018 07:13 AM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

Apparently you didn't read my earlier post. Trotting out the Reefer Madness argument is so predictable any time someone is critical of anything marijuana related. What is different now post-legalization? Armed hoodlums, greenhouses full of weed vs. clandestine grows. NORMLization of marijuana use and the attendant attitudes. "It's medicine" "It must be ok because it's sold in storefronts" Like I tell my gun toting friends: I don't want you to give up your guns(weed), I want to stop massacres of innocents(high schoolers burning it at break, a portion of the populace addicted, stupefied, and painfully unmotivated to get off the couch)

Eggs Ackley Jun 15, 2018 07:16 AM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

Apparently you didn't read my earlier post. Trotting out the Reefer Madness argument is so predictable any time someone is critical of anything marijuana related. What is different now post-legalization? Armed hoodlums, greenhouses full of weed vs. clandestine grows. NORMLization of marijuana use and the attendant attitudes. "It's medicine" "It must be ok because it's sold in storefronts" "Don't blame a plant" ~Right~ As I tell my 2A touting, gun toting friends: I don't want you to give up your guns(weed), I want to stop massacres of innocents(high schoolers burning it at break, a portion of the populace addicted, stupefied, and painfully unmotivated to get off the couch)

Rinconer Jun 13, 2018 03:50 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

Haha, great idea. Going to shoot some footage in the 500 block of State St. at last call on Sat. Night, maybe during Fiesta, with that title. More towards the Utopian side, if one of those dozens of State St. bars, (or anywhere in town) offered cannabis, coffee, couches and snacks, it would be standing room only. The amount of disturbances and fights would be far less than at a bar that serves hard liquor. I live a couple blocks from the address in the article, and to say there is, or will be gunfights on Foothill is a mis-characterization of weed that has been going on since 1933.

Rinconer Jun 13, 2018 03:51 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

Haha, great idea. Going to shoot some footage in the 500 block of State St. at last call on Sat. Night, maybe during Fiesta, with that title. More towards the Utopian side, if one of those dozens of State St. bars, (or anywhere in town) offered cannabis, coffee, couches and snacks, it would be standing room only. The amount of disturbances and fights would be far less than at a bar that serves hard liquor. I live a couple blocks from the address in the article, and to say there is, or will be gunfights on Foothill is a mis-characterization of weed that has been going on since 1933.

a-1529301526 Jun 13, 2018 11:52 AM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

Sorry Eggs - "Soon expect running gun battles on Foothill Road" is laughable. You clearly have some of that left over fear from the days of reefer madness. Cannabis has been growing in SB for ages, long long long before prop 215 / SB420 and legalization came around, and there's never been any running gun battles due to the herb as far as I know. If you aren't for it, there's nothing wrong with that - just as many people aren't for alcohol. If you want to drink, do it responsibly and don't get behind the wheel or in any other dangerous situation where you could hurt yourself or others. Now apply that same logic to cannabis. See? It's not so bad.

Eggs Ackley Jun 13, 2018 07:56 AM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

Your attention span appears to have snapped a cable. Pretty sure there's no link in this story to alcohol use on State street. Are you suggesting armed thugs would be victimizing the inebriated masses on State street? Meanwhile the weed cartel is predatorally extracting millions of dollars from the well medicated and recreationally stupefied. I understand you want to defend your personal right to imbibe. Ditto for my redneck gun owning 2nd amendment touting friends who want us to believe its that there is not a gun problem, it's a people problem, a mental health problem.

Ducky Jun 12, 2018 06:17 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

“Running gun battles on Foothill...”. Talk about Reefer Madness. I can’t decide whether to upvote because it’s so comically absurd or downvote because it’s so comically absurd. This might be even better than the “veritable waterfall of dogs...” falling off the Wilcox cliffs statement that someone made a few years ago.

PitMix Jun 13, 2018 03:25 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

PSTARSR, google it, it takes about $6,000 in electricity at really cheap prices to mine a bit coin. Plus additional costs for the computer. They think that the price is now under the breakeven point unless you are a college kid using "free" electricity at a dorm. This is an amazingly real stupid problem that humans created in their lust for luchre.

Eggs Ackley Jun 11, 2018 11:32 AM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

This is only the beginning. Soon expect running gun battles on Foothill Road. Meanwhile the system that worked for decades was tossed by the gullible, unthinking voters who are so easy to fool ; led by the nose by big Farma-lotta-weed screw your community types. Send in the #DEA please before it gets totally out of hand. The growers, wholesalers, and retailers need to spend a long time in federal prison. SB city council, please protect the city and put the brakes on this debacle.

Channelfog Jun 13, 2018 06:08 AM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

Eggs- The "War on drugs" that was launched by the criminal pres Richard Nixon has been a devastation to our society and to those of other countries to which it was exported. The only reason that large amounts of cash are involved in this biz is the illegal, black market. The solution is a market supply and demand solution; many more grows will bring the price and value of this product down.

ParvoPup Jun 10, 2018 04:15 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

Laurie - similar story where my 4 plant medically approved grow was raided by our Finest Men in Blue, who also tossed my house. After a full week of sorting through everything that had been dumped on our floors, we discovered the following items were missing - 2 sets of diamond stud earrings, one set of pearls belonging to my wife's late aunt, a silly little coin collection I still had from my Boy scouts merit badge days, my Grandfather's ruby and silver ring and a jar holding about 300 hundred dollars in "mad money". I was furious - especially since charges were eventually dropped. Both of our Attorney's refused to assist us in making a claim of theft against the LEO's - said we would be targeted if we did. Democracy my rear end.

PitMix Jun 13, 2018 03:30 PM
Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

The sheriff sent in SWAT at 5am in a residential neighborhood to arrest a friend on an insurance fraud case. The ADA kept her hanging for months trying to get her to pay a large fine to get a misdemeanor charge and no jail time. She fought it and eventually got a wrist slap. But no apology for the SWAT raid. At least she never said that they stole anything. Abuses of power!

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