Sheriff's Deputies Raid Cannabis Farm Near Sweeney Fire

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Photo: Mike Eliason / SBCFD

By edhat staff

A commercial cannabis grow was raided by Sheriff's Deputies near Lompoc Wednesday evening after firefighters protected it from a brush fire.

Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to a 17-acre brush fire at 4777 Sweeney Road around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. With nearby structures threatened, fire crews sprang into action to contain the blaze.

One shed with agricultural equipment and a vehicle were destroyed while a small cannabis operation nearby suffered some damage but was ultimately saved. 

Firefighters contained the fire around 8:00 p.m. that evening and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office discovered the marijuana grow site was unregistered and operating illegally. 

Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason captured photos of firefighters putting out small fires near hoop houses and marijuana plants.

Approximately 1,800 plants and 100 pounds of marijuana was seized by the Cannabis Compliance Team around 10:00 p.m.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is still investigating.

    
Photos: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

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Factotum Aug 17, 2019 01:49 PM
Sheriff's Deputies Raid Cannabis Farm Near Sweeney Fire

Grower was a "Mexican citizen" growing on US federal land. Crop estimated at $20 million dollars and operation run by the Mexican drug cartels. Read the NewsPress. That is why he did not get the proper paper work.

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