Twenty tons of harvested cannabis has been seized, while 3550,000 plants have been destroyed in a raid on an apparently illegal marijuana cultivation site, outside of Buellton, as per the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team had executed four search warrants with regards to alleged illegal cultivations on 17th of June. The investigation was made into fraudulently made temporary and provisional marijuana licenses and possession of undocumented marijuana. Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo County and the 1800th block of the West Highway 246, outside of Buellton city limits were the locations where search warrants were served according to the Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
The cultivation area was placed approximately 187 acres of land used for agricultural land, where 60 acres were being used to cultivate cannabis commercially. Initial investigation has shown that the site was used for continuously used for cultivation of cannabis through the year, and at the time of the search, only 40 acres were used for plantation.
The raid spanned four days, where 20 tons of cannabis which had been processed was seized, 350,000 cannabis plants were destroyed,
In addition, a large amount of cannabis had been recently harvested, the spokesman said.
It took a total of four days for the team to seize approximately 20 tons of processed cannabis and eradicate approximately 350,000 cannabis plants, several of which were nearly ready to harvest. The basis of the investigation were complaints from residents, information and tips which came to the Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team. The owner of the property had not been located as reported on 22nd June.
The case will be forwarded to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office to determine the criminal charges to be levied.
Since the case is under active investigations, no other information has been released. 35 detectives, investigators, and officers from many agencies were involved.
Additionally, the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau, Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, District Attorney’s Office, the Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife contributed to the operation.