Environmental Crimes Discovered at Santa Maria Cannabis Grow
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has destroyed 7,943 marijuana plants and over 300 pounds of processed cannabis flower from an illegal farm in Santa Maria. But it’s the environmental damage that authorities are most concerned about.
Sheriff’s officials working with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Santa Barbara County Code Enforcement documented “egregious” environmental crimes at the site.
“CDFW environmental scientists documented several environmental violations, which included substantially altering a streambed, placing materials deleterious to fish and wildlife where it may pass into the stream, and stockpiling rubbish in and around a nearby tributary,” according to a press release.
The grow site was located in an environmentally-rich region along the 1400-block of Tepusquet Road, which is home to many native plants and animal species. Commercial cannabis operations are banned in this part of the county precisely because of environmental sensitivities.