Illegal Cannabis Productions Raided Near Carpinteria and Santa Ynez

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Cannabis Compliance Team Eradicates Illegal Commercial Cannabis Near Carpinteria

On January 31, 2019, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team concluded a four-month investigation into a local cannabis cultivator, operating under the name of Power Farms LLC, which is located just outside the City of Carpinteria. During this investigation, which spanned two counties and involved three separate search warrants, Detectives discovered one of the owners, whose name is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation, had provided false information during the county cannabis application process and was failing to follow proper shipping and manifest procedures. The owners’s Los Angeles County home, was served with a search warrant. There, Detectives seized several unregistered firearms, two which were reported stolen, as well as approximately 60 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana taken from Power Farms. They also seized thousands of dollars in cash and other items of evidence. 

This investigation cul minated in the voluntary surrender of the owner’s state temporary cannabis license, which resulted in detectives from the Cannabis Compliance Team, Special Investigations Bureau, District Attorney’s Office, and Game Wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, eradicating and removing illegal cannabis from Power Farms as they no longer had a valid state permit to cultivate or possess commercial cannabis. Approximately 22,420 cannabis plants were eradicated from three separate green houses and approximately 1,420 pounds of dried / drying cannabis were seized. 

The Santa Barbara County Cannabis Compliance Team was founded in June of 2018 and consists of personnel from many disciplines within a variety of county departments. The team primarily focuses on unlicensed and illegal cannabis operations within the county and the safety of the public.


Cannabis Compliance Team Discovers Illegal Cannabis Manufacturing While Investigating Neighborhood Complaint

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team conducted an illegal marijuana grow investigation in the 3700 block of Roblar Rd. in Santa Ynez. During this investigation, it became apparent marijuana was being grown on a property near other residences. Following up on neighborhood complaints, led detectives to develop information that resulted in a search warrant being obtained. When they served the search warrant on January 22, 2019, it was determined the subjects were medical marijuana users, but were selling and possessing marijuana and manufacturing marijuana oils and concentrates far above their legal limits and without the required licensing. In addition to the illegal sales and manufacturing case, a three-year-old child was also believed to be exposed to marijuana smoke, processed marijuana and edibles.

Following this investigation, approximately 100 pounds of processed marijuana were seized, along with approximately 76 pounds of marijuana oils/extract and approximately 60 pounds of suspected marijuana edibles that appeared to look like commonly consumed candy. A butane honey oil extraction device was also located, along with several other items used to manufacture and process marijuana and extracts for sales. The County Child Welfare Service responded and the child was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Based on the complexity of this investigation and its ongoing nature, no further information will be released at this time.

The Santa Barbara County Cannabis Compliance Team was founded in June of 2018 and consists of personnel from many disciplines within a variety of county departments. The team primarily focuses on unlicensed and illegal cannabis operations within the county and the safety of the public. Following the approval of Proposition 64, recreational marijuana is legal. However, the law requires any person or business selling or providing marijuana to be licensed through the State of California to ensure the sale of approved and tested cannabis products with regulated and identified THC content. Additionally, the County of Santa Barbara requires that cannabis businesses must possess local land use permits and local business licenses if the operations are in the unincorporated parts of the county. More information on the state licensing and testing process can be found on the CalCannabis or Bureau of Cannabis Control websites. For information on local permitting and licensing, please visit cannabis.countyofsb.org.

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a-1558716998 Feb 05, 2019 09:31 AM
Illegal Cannabis Productions Raided Near Carpinteria and Santa Ynez

Horsegirl - likely cannabis infused gummy worms. It is a shame they make edibles so often identical to kids' candy. I am 100% for regulation and responsible use of cannabis, but I wish they could make edibles more "adult."

tagdes Feb 05, 2019 08:29 AM
Illegal Cannabis Productions Raided Near Carpinteria and Santa Ynez

No criminal charges are being filed since there is insufficient evidence for perjury charges so they just need to straighten out their paperwork. That one of the owners that lives in LA had stolen and unregistered weapons might not help the company down the road.

biguglystick Feb 05, 2019 08:18 AM
Illegal Cannabis Productions Raided Near Carpinteria and Santa Ynez

Mixed feelings on this one. I don't think it should be illegal at all to grow, but PSTARSR has a point. It should be regulated so it is safe. I don't like marijuana busts much, however... I think there should be stiffer penalties for animal cruelty than for growing a plant.

Flicka Feb 04, 2019 04:06 PM
Illegal Cannabis Productions Raided Near Carpinteria and Santa Ynez

The legal growers follow all the rules (and it isn't cheap), this operation didn't. There have been residents in Carpinteria complaining about the smell of "skunk" . The legal growers here have air scrubbers to combat the smell. The legal ones have been saying it is the illegal growers that don't scrub causing the problem. Bet this outfit produced a lot of odor.

ZeroHawk Feb 04, 2019 02:42 PM
Illegal Cannabis Productions Raided Near Carpinteria and Santa Ynez

so let me ask this, do they do the same gestapo like procedure for people growing celery? it's a cash crop too. No different. What about alcohol, when they bust a store owner for selling to a minor, do they go in and smash bottles? i hope they sue. this is over the top

pstarSR Feb 04, 2019 03:25 PM
Illegal Cannabis Productions Raided Near Carpinteria and Santa Ynez

the used to smash bottles of alcohol, back in the prohibition age. We have to agree to understand that since this is so new, that enforcement will look " aggressive ". but this is what we have to deal with till the system is streamlined and working. People are trying to skirt the rules, and this is why we have this enforcement team. If we allowed moonshine, people could be ingesting paint thinner and not even knowing it. People could be growing weed with additives that are not healthy for you to ingest. there is a method to this madness, so lets not point the finger at the enforcers and point it at the growers that tried to go around the regulations we all tried VERY HARD to smooth out and get enacted so we COULD have legal weed

a-1558716998 Feb 04, 2019 03:15 PM
Illegal Cannabis Productions Raided Near Carpinteria and Santa Ynez

You're leaving out the difference between legal marijuana (which is taxed and tested for pesticides) and illegal marijuana, which is what this effectively is since the owner did not comply with regulations and had their permit revoked. That said, I agree with you that it is INSANE that they destroy product Iike this - this isn't the low quality weed typical of illegal grows. There should be legislation allowing for seized, QUALITY product to be worked back into the market so that taxes can be made.

ZeroHawk Feb 04, 2019 02:41 PM
Illegal Cannabis Productions Raided Near Carpinteria and Santa Ynez

this is just f'ing wrong. so now the sheriff department are into the business of ruining the economy? because that's exactly what they are doing. this doesn't harm kids in school, this isn't babies in burning buildings...it's f'n weed. time to elect a new sheriff...

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