20 Tons of Pot Seized in Santa Barbara County Raid

A two month long investigation into illegal growing in Buellton has concluded in a massive raid that netted 20 tons of illegal cannabis and 350,000 marijuana plants. The enforcement operation was carried out on June 17 by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team, which executed a total of four warrants.

“These warrants were the culmination of an approximate two-month investigation involving fraudulently obtained State temporary and provisional cannabis licenses and the suspected sales of undocumented cannabis,” according to a department press release. “The search warrants took place in the City of Santa Maria, in San Luis Obispo County and in the 1800 block of West Highway 246, just outside Buellton City limits. The operation involved 35 detectives, investigators and Wildlife Officers from various agencies. These agencies included the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team, Special Investigations Bureau, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force.”

Santa Barbara County is home to more legal cannabis grows than any other county in the state. However, black market marijuana continues to be a problem for the region as well.


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Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 06:34

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