There’s been a series of big marijuana busts in Santa Barbara,with an estimated $36 million dollars in marijuana seized.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is reporting a pair of big marijuana garden raids this week in the Los Padres National Forest.
More than 9600 plants were seized in the San Antonio Creek area, and 8700 discovered, and uprooted in the Romero Canyon area, above Montecito.
In addition to the 18-thousand plus plants, the Sheriff’s Department, along with the U.S. Forest Service, and the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting task force removed more than half a ton of fertilizer, chemicals, and garbage from sites near the illegal gardens.
No arrests were made.
Authorities say these first large raids of the marijuana eradication season also serve as a warning to the public that if you encounter one of these groves, you should leave the area immediately, because some growers in local backcountry areas have been carrying weapons, and even setting booby traps.