Another Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Raided

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

On September 28, 2018, for the third day this week, Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau and Special Enforcement Team served search warrants in the local area on suspected illegal marijuana cultivation sites. Assisting the Sheriff’s Office on these operations were wardens with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the California Highway Patrol. As with the previous sites earlier in the week, these cultivation sites did not possess any licenses from the State of California or the County of Santa Barbara to operate legally.

The first search warrant was served in the 6700 block of Foxen Canyon Road. After securing the property, detectives located 658 mature marijuana plants, which were subsequently destroyed. At the location, detectives contacted individuals, and interviewed them for further follow up concerning the investigation. Additionally, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, gathered e vidence concerning potential environmental violations.

After detectives finished the first search warrant, an additional search warrant was served in the 2400 block of Hwy 246. Once this property was secured, detectives saw a very large marijuana cultivation site in various stages of cultivation and processing of finished product. At this location, detectives located and destroyed 7,985 marijuana plants. Again, at this location no arrests were made, but individuals at this location were interviewed for potential future charges against the individuals responsible.

With the service of the second search warrant, detectives destroyed a total of 8,643 marijuana plants worth an estimated value of $4.3 million dollars. This brings a total for the three days of marijuana enforcement to 14,116 marijuana plants destroyed with an estimated value of $7 million dollars.

The Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team will continue to identify and investigate illegal marijuana cultivation sites within the county. The goal of the team is to stop the illegal cultivation of marijuana and prevent the environmental crimes associated with these illegal grows.

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ParvoPup Oct 01, 2018 09:53 PM
Another Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Raided

For the advocates of free medical MJ - dirt is dirty! Outdoor cannabis under hoop houses will always be contaminated with pollens. aerosols, bug bits and whatever crap floated by that day. Trichromes are sticky little oil glands and everything good or bad sticks to them. Burn this garbage at the landfill and look instead at clean hydroponic material grown under controlled conditions. To think you can give polluted material to a medical patient that likely has a comprised immune system is poisonous thinking.

a-1571382203 Oct 01, 2018 05:38 PM
Another Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Raided

We were escorted out of the Van Gogh museum about four years ago. We each ate a "mooncake" about an hour prior to entering. The guard said that we appeared suspicious because we sat down and "did not move" for nealy three hours!!! Seemed like five minutes....to us. We found out later that we should have only eaten 1/8th of one mooncake!!! We did end up getting the best french fries we have ever eaten with some sort of mayo sauce....really good when you are on the moon.

Bodyboarder73 Oct 01, 2018 12:13 PM
Another Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Raided

That weed looks like “mec” very low thc/cbd content. It also wasn’t under supervision of professional growers. Nobody should want to smoke that.

a-1571382203 Oct 01, 2018 03:42 PM
Another Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Raided

Lots of folks prefer less potent mj. One of my neighbors buys some super-stuper weed called "Hawking"...it is "advertised" that after a couple hits of this stuff you transform into Stephen Hawking. No thanks!!!

NostraChumash Oct 01, 2018 10:44 AM
Another Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Raided

Toadster.. I already have... They said that a grow op is so labor intensive that such an endeavor would be stupid, considering they're already paid.

EastBeach Oct 01, 2018 10:41 AM
Another Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Raided

Carbofuran is what I was thinking of, but yes herbicides like Paraquat you don't want in your body either. Clean weed was supposed to be one of the drivers for legalized/regulated grows in CA.

a-1571382203 Oct 01, 2018 07:18 AM
Another Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Raided

Why destroy all this medicine? There are so many people who cannot afford to buy their medicine, it would be better to just give it to them instead of wasting it. For some reason, Santa Barbara has a lot of the ill people, and the percentage of ill folks in Isla Vista is even greater....something like 65 percent.

a-1571382203 Oct 01, 2018 09:50 AM
Another Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Raided

LOL, love the high percent of "sick people" comment. Wait until you learn how many have glaucoma! But you must be new. On this site one needs to clarify when a comment is sarcasm. Way too much medicine going around, maaaaaan.

a-1571382203 Oct 01, 2018 06:43 AM
Another Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Raided

A huge shame to see such a gigantic waste of medicine. There are much better ways to approach this enforcement, but of course law enforcement default to the "let's destroy a ton of stuff and pay every officer overtime while we are at it."

a-1571382203 Oct 01, 2018 06:35 AM
Another Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Raided

I agree. Wasteful. My first thought upon seeing the headline and estimated value was: ----"Why can't they let someone have this pot who really needs it? Medical marijuana use?"

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